Employability Project Update

Disability Sport Yorkshire

Employability Project

Update – July 2014 to March 2015

Year one of the West Yorkshire Employability Project runs to 30 June 2015. So far 97 of a projected 125 disabled participants are engaged on the project with another 45 currently in the process of signing up. Three of the first group of participants have already secured a six month paid trainee post with Kirklees Council, working in leisure centres and The Zone.

Participants have completed a wide-ranging of accredited sports related qualification including:

  • First Steps into Coaching – 15 participants
  • Level I Table Tennis Coach – 2 participants
  • Level I Sports Leaders Award- 75 participants
  • Level I Football Coach – 20 participants
  • Boccia Leaders Bronze Award – 5 participants
  • LTA Tennis Activator Award – 2 participants
  • Football Referees Course – 10 participants
  • Level 2 Award in Coaching Football – 2 participants

Voluntary work has includes the following:

  • The ‘Step into Sport’ conference – organised by Kirklees Council in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust – 10 participants
  • Panathlon training and assisting with the Panathlon Event – 10 participants
  • Boccia Development Course run for 10 weeks at Ravenshall School – 10 participants
  • The Leeds Tennis Competition – 10 participants
  • The Flame Event – 10 participants
  • The Aqua Festival, Leeds – 10 participants
  • Volunteering in their local community – 24 participants

In addition participants have:

  • Delivered a skills development day for Talent Match, Wakefield
  • Undertaken coaching work in schools
  • Assisted with the delivery of the West Yorkshire Winter School Games
  • Helped with the planning and delivery of the Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre Games
  • Attended disability panels for West Yorkshire Sport
  • Delivered activity sessions for the Rethink Mental Health group
  • Provided coaching and support for the Wakefield Autism Leisure Club

The Disability Sport Yorkshire Inclusive Ambassadors Initiative

A development within the first year of the project is the Disability Sport Yorkshire Inclusive Ambassadors Initiative. The project has identified a number of disabled young people who have achieved significant success within the project. These young people have been significant role models for their peers and have been appointed Ambassadors to take the lead in specific local authority areas. We currently have 25 ambassadors across West Yorkshire and each individual is provided with sports kit with the DSY Ambassadors logo.

Feedback from Project Partners

Just a bit of excellent news re David. He is having a difficult time the moment but yesterday he led the sports session for his class based on the work you have been doing on Thursdays. Everyone was delighted with his leadership and he achieved a Head Teacher Award.” Sports coordinator – Special School

I would like to thank you for all the help that you have given to James. He is making good progress now and I am appreciative of the one-to-one development opportunities that you have given to him as well as the chance to engage in gaining further qualification in coaching. Considering he is NEET and has specific employment barriers, your programme has proved to be very valuable in his personal development.” Employment Officer-Job Centre Plus

I would like to thank you for the volunteers you provided at the recent West Yorkshire Winter School Games. It was commented on by many people that the volunteers this year were exceptional and you should be very proud of them. Please do pass on the praise and our thanks”. West Yorkshire Sport