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Hockey - 08. March 2010.

Scottish Hockey employs Sports Development Officers

Hockey employs 500th Future Job Fund person.

Nine Assistant Development Officers, employed through the Future Jobs Fund Programme, will start this week at National Sports Centre in Largs. Scottish Hockey is to employ the 500th Future Jobs Fund employee and they will be one of these Nine Assistant Hockey Development Officers.

The Under Secretary for State for Scotland, Anne McKechnie, will attend on Thursday, whilst the new staff is undertaking their first aid training.

Scottish Hockey have received praise for the innovation and drive to get the project moving and being able to recruit and employ nine quality people at once. 

The employees have a range of experience, with one currently representing Scotland at U21 level.

Ben Glencross, Development Manager said “This opportunity has helped hockey and the young people involved. We aim to develop their skills and confidence through working with a range of people, to allow them to take those skills and find further employment, whilst at the same time promoting and increasing participation in hockey.”

Once trained the coaches will work at local level, which will provide stronger links with our clubs. Colleen Reid, Coach Education Development Manager and Steven Percy, Youth Development Officer will be at Largs this week supervising their training.

Further information of the role of Assistant Development Officers;

They will compete a UKCC level 1 coaching course, Child Protection Training and First Aid training.

They will then be deployed back to their local authority to support the delivery of hockey in the area. This will strengthen hockey’s links with the clubs in the area. They will work with existing development staff to deliver hockey, organize activities, run festivals and promote hockey

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