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Meet Calum, DSPro New CSHO Apprentice

Meet Calum, He joins the DSPro team as a Community Sports Health Office Apprentice. Find out why he chose DSPro and what he likes doing

Community Sports Health Officer

The CSHO apprentice has an important role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities by delivering fun, inclusive and engaging activities that help to bring about a change in physical activity habits.

The Nature of job role relevant to Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of Calums apprenticeship, The CSHO role:

  • Carrying out an audit of Physical Activity, Sport and Wellbeing related provision. Using the results of this alongside the organisational development plan and strategic objectives to develop an action plan.
  • Working directly with pupils of all ages
  • Working collaboratively with a wide range of partner organisations
  • Planning and delivering programmes of activity for pupils, families and communities
  • Performing physical activity and fundamental movement skills baseline and impact assessments of children
  • Supporting the delivery of PE lessons to pupils in schools (where relevant)
  • Delivering an exciting extracurricular sports and activity programme including lunchtime activities in schools/communities/leisure facilities
  • Offering family engagement projects for physical activity
  • Delivering provision to enhance the mental health, self-esteem and wellbeing of service users
  • Implementing strategies to achieve 30mins of activity objectives
  • Supporting competitive sports events
  • Organising community events
  • External bid writing
  • Conducting stakeholder consultation and evaluative feedback
  • Working with community organisations to offer projects based on community need
  • Helping to prevent, minimise and manage anti-social behaviour
  • Using social media as a mechanism of engagement and celebration of good practice.

The Qualifications Calum will undertake and the training he will achieve: 

Along with the support from Aspire training solutions, Calum will be mentored directly by the owner of DSPro and the companies staff mentor PE specialist Mr Gadsby. This will include consistent observations and team teach approaches whilst engaging in weekly staff CPD every Friday Morning. 

Qualifications:

  • Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer Apprenticeship Standard
  • L3 Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement – Supporting Behaviour Change in Professional Practice
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the delivery of PE and School Sport
  • Mental Health First Aider Certificate (2 days)
  • Funding bid training (internally delivered)
  • Level 2 Award in Multi-skills Development in Sport
  • L3 Award in Supporting the Delivery of Dance in Physical Education and School Sport
  • Staff weekly CPD 
  • Mentored
  • CPD day in gymnastics
  • Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
  • Candidates successfully achieving this apprenticeship will be eligible to apply for membership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a Practitioner

Calum tells us all

I am excited to be able to find an opportunity in Worcestershire, and to be able to learn and develop in the area i grew up in. Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed a wide range of sports and have found this to be a way of not only keeping fit but also of building confidence, meeting new people and helping to overcome barriers. I represented my schools at badminton and athletics (both to county standard), rugby, cricket and football as well as playing regularly in local leagues for tennis, football and cricket and swimming to competition standard. When I’m not playing one sport or another I’m usually watching it or reading about it! For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved football- my parents say I learned to read by recognising club badges in the newspaper and reading out the team names and match results! I’ve just completed a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Performance and Excellence at Hartpury College specialising in football. These days, I’m also a qualified referee and am part way through my FA Coaching qualification. Whilst at school, I got a Young Leaders qualification where I helped organise sporting events for primary school age pupils. During a work placement at my beloved Coventry City Football Club, I worked with the Sky Blues in the Community team promoting participation in sport in primary schools, Youth Clubs, and at a local football club. All of this, as well as work experience at Worcestershire County Cricket Club and helping out with coaching at Evesham Rugby Club have cemented my desire to pursue a career within sport, as a coach, where I can share my passion and knowledge in such a way that enriches the lives of others.For me, sport is so much more than an interest: it is my passion, my “natural habitat” and it helps me to be the best version of me that I can be. From a young age, I’ve always known that working in this area is something that I want to do. Throughout my life, being involved in sport and playing in a wide variety of teams has helped me to make friends, cope with transitions between schools and has given me a confidence and determination that as a naturally quiet person I didn’t know I had. These are all things that I want to be able to pass on and share, as well as the sheer enjoyment, fun and wellbeing that children can experience from being involved in many different sports. If I could make a difference to one person’s life by helping them to discover a talent, develop a skill, or feel better about themselves by being active and finding their confidence then that would make me very happy indeed.

I am thrilled to be joining the DSPro team because their vision, professional expertise and support will give me the opportunity to improve and develop my skills and practice whilst at the same time enriching the lives of young people.