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L4 Sports Development Apprentice - Rugby Bridgwater & Taunton College

You will be responsible for supporting the College’s Sports Development Team in a wide variety of capacities. The post holder will be integral to supporting the development of Rugby, commercial opportunities sports facilities and being a key contact for Sports Development Team.

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Closing date: 09 Jan 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Normal working hours will be by agreement with the Area and are between 8:30 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am – 4.30 pm on Friday.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Feb 2022

  • Date posted

    26 Oct 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

The person appointed to the post will be expected to oversee part time bank staff, coaches, activators, and volunteers who support the colleges sport development plan alongside the Rugby Development Manager. The post holder will also have an objective to grow and develop Rugby across all BTC sites via links to clubs, schools, and other key agencies. They will also be key in growing links locally, regionally, and nationally with key external agencies including AoC Sport, Somerset Activity Sports Partnership, local schools alongside community organisations, semi-professional and professional sports clubs. Coaching • To lead in the planning, preparation, and delivery of the colleges Women’s rugby programme. • To manage, support and coach across a wide range of activates across the college • To ensure that there is high quality coaching to all learners engaged within Rugby and at times other sports by supporting the wider department. • To Support Student Athlete with academics, through support sessions, 1 to 1s or small group work. • To oversee Activators and act as a mentor for other apprentices. • To support the completion of administration duties associated to the role such as data collection, registers etc. • To complete regular appropriate media and marketing duties including reports and player case studies and events Sports Development • To support the design, implementation and delivery of Bridgwater & Taunton colleges sports strategy. • Support the development of recreational activity at the college. • To support the Sports Development team in the organisation, delivery and promotion of other sporting opportunities, development days and other events such as charity and fundraising. • Implement and co-ordinate Team BTC Development days and Development Pathways to drive and support recruitment at the College for both FE and HE Sport. • To support the growth and development of college partnerships. • To work with the Sports Development Team to act as a College representative for local, regional and national networks including AoC Sport, SASP and other organisations/networks. • Support the Sports Development Team in developing excellent partnerships within schools across the South-West, identifying and supporting the development of talented sports performers, providing a clear pathway for them to study at Bridgwater and Taunton College. Sports Commercial • Oversee and co-ordinate bank staff and other apprentices’ hours with the Sports development manager to ensure all out of hours shifts are covered. • To undertake duties as required within the sports centre / fitness zone e.g. cleaning, maintenance, customer service etc • Sustain, Grow and develop new commercial customers for the sports facilities, • Ensure payment is taken for bookings, via card payments, invoicing including the handling of cash for non-invoiced fees and answering the telephone. • Maintain equipment and keep administrative records including regularly performing risk assessments as appropriate. • To help sustain, grow and develop the college’s commercial income via facility bookings out of hours. • To ensure all of the Sports Facilities ( Including the Health & Fitness Zone) is cleaned and maintained to a high standard • To liaise with external companies regarding the maintenance of equipment within the Sports Centre & Fitness Zone. • Carry out other duties as set by the Sports Development Manager and commercial team. • Organise and run half term activity camps.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

• Experience of motivating a team of volunteers and support staff. • Experience of working within competitive sport. • A passion for learning, developing and professional development. • Rugby coaching experience. • An understanding of the issues faced by student-athletes, providing a range of strategies to support their academic and sporting performance. • The ability to use a range of teaching and learning methods to facilitate learning. • Have a passion for Sport and an ability to communicate this to the students, partners and others. • Display excellent communication and organisational skills.

Personal qualities

• Passionate and excited about learning. • Inclusive and supportive. • Responsive to student, employer and community needs. • Always aspiring to the highest standards. • Professional and enterprising. • Innovative and creative. • Friendly and welcoming.

Desired qualifications

A levels or equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant field. Level 1 Rugby Coaching. RFU Refree qualifications.

Future prospects

The Sports Coach Apprenticeship may be a gateway to further career opportunities within Bridgwater and Taunton College.

Things to consider

Flexibility in regard to working hours (i.e. evening work for open evenings, evening classes, parents evening etc)

About the employer

Bridgwater and Taunton College is an exceptionally successful provider of education. Offering a range of qualifications across three campuses; Taunton, Bridgwater and Cannington, courses combine real-world experience with academic rigour, which springboard students to Red Brick universities, prestigious companies and exciting careers. The belief that everyone has the ability to achieve sits at the heart of the College’s ethos. This belief shapes the teaching and learning and is the guiding principle that drives staff and students to be the best they can be, by challenging them to achieve more every day and preparing students for whichever path they choose. This approach is called the Bridgwater and Taunton College advantage and is embedded across the College from sports, performance and honours academies through to tutorials. The College prides itself on excellent practices which directly benefit students, for example, at the Cannington campus, the College farm’s contract with Tesco was rated in the top 5% of farms within the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group, and the new National College for Nuclear opened in order to train a skilled and relevant workforce for this growing industry. We were recently awarded a TEF Silver Award where it was judged that our higher education centre, the University Centre Somerset, delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. In 2016 the College was named TES FE College of the Year, but its proudest achievement in recent years is the award of a highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.


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Training provider

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Bridgwater & Taunton College

Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard - Sports Coach • Level 4 Sports Coach - Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours • Edexcel Level 2 Functional Skills English (exemptions apply) • Edexcel Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics (exemptions apply) The successful candidate will also need to complete a diagnostic assessment, which will help us plan the appropriate support required to meet your individual needs.

Apprenticeship standard

Sports coach

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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