South Ayrshire Council is to host a sports coaching conference on Friday 24 October at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Riverside Campus in Ayr.
The event is supported by SRUC, Active Schools South Ayrshire, sportscotland and Sport Development South Ayrshire and runs from 3.45pm - 8.30pm.
It is aimed at those people already active in sports coaching, whether in clubs, schools or associations – and regardless of level or qualifications – and will focus on how best skills and sports for successful coaching can be developed in South Ayrshire.
It is hoped the conference will help kick-start a series of regular coaching sessions to boost skills and develop coaching expertise in a wide range of sports across the local area, as well as attracting others interested in getting involved in coaching in the future.
The keynote speaker at the conference will be Tony Stanger, a former Scottish International and British Lions rugby union player – now a member of sportscotland's institute of sport talent programme.
The event will also feature three workshops: Disability Inclusion, How to Coach Young People and Positive Coaching Scotland – Double Goal Coach.
Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: "There's more to sport than simply turning up to play your chosen game or activity.
"The conference is an excellent starting point to assess what we already do and how many people are actively involved in local sport coaching and what level they are at.
"A number of coaching programmes in schools have already been developed by the Council through our Active Schools programme, including Youth Leaders, Ambassadors and Club Leader initiatives."
The conference will look to build on those successes and, in the longer term, will look at developing ways for parents, youth and sports club workers to get involved on a wider scale.
Once the people and their experience have been mapped, the plan is to organise workshops and training opportunities to boost volunteer skills and expertise across the local sporting base.
Councillor Grant continued: "The emphasis will not be so much on developing future champions, but in creating the right environment for champions to emerge through effective coaching.
"That's an ambitious aim, but I firmly believe we can achieve it."
Entry to the conference is by registration and costs £10, which includes workshops, light refreshments and a buffet. Contact Jill Tomlinson at: email@example.com to book your place.