An essential part of the HNC Sports Coaching and Development course at Borders College is for the students to plan, deliver and evaluate a sports development event for a selected sport.
This task is part of the Sports Development unit of the course and requires the student groups to not only assist in the delivery of the event, but to demonstrate good organisational and communication skills.
The HNC students decided to set up ‘Hockey for Development’ - a mixed hockey event for under 15s from local secondary schools, taking place over six consecutive Friday afternoons at Tweedbank. As part of the planning of the event, students had to promote their event, carry out a risk assessment and create a timetable and coaching plans for the event.
The event was attended by players from seven Borders secondary schools, with 12 teams participating each week (approximately 80 players), all looking to participate in competitive but fun six-a-side hockey.
Lecturer Janet Jack said: “The students did a tremendous job in the setup and delivery of the event. Each student took on a specific role, whether it was to act as Health and Safety Officer or Official, carry out Marketing and promotion, or to organise kit or run the schedule on the day.”
The HNC students involved in managing this event, successfully passed their Sports Development project as well as their HNC units.