Hi, my name is Joshua Renwick and I am the lead coach for the Northumbria Sport Foundation. I am currently in my second year studying Sports Coaching, alongside playing rugby for Team Northumbria.
My role as the lead coach for the Northumbria Sport Foundation involves taking a leadership role in the summer camps and sports sessions (such as Brownies), which are ran for children of a range of ages. I believe teaching children sport skills is important as it develops their confidence, team working skills and helps them to stay active during holidays. It was very rewarding to see that as the children's coach I was able to teach new skills and allow the children to have fun.
Since becoming involved in this role I have met some inspiring coaches and have developed my own skills and knowledge. When I first started working for the foundation I had a level 2 multi skills and rugby coaching qualification; since joining the team I have had the opportunity to attend courses such as fencing, boxing and dance. The opportunity to attend these courses is excellent for my future as they enable me to stand out from other students due to their diversity.
In addition to regular coaching I believe the summer camps have offered me the valuable experience of supervising children, dealing with their behaviour and ways of discipline, reporting and recording any accidents, dealing with any safeguarding concerns and liaising with parents. Additionally, I feel my confidence and interpersonal skills have developed as a direct result and the overall experience of being part of the Northumbria Sport Foundation will support me to achieve my ambition of becoming a sports teacher when I graduate.