Keeping Safe in Sport – A Workshop for Young Volunteers

13th November 2017

On Wednesday the 8th of November we hosted our first “Keeping Safe in Sport: Safeguarding for Young Volunteers” workshop. The course was offered for free and was open to young volunteers aged 13-17.

There are a number of young volunteers across all sports in Guernsey, who are giving their time to support and enthuse younger participants. The Guernsey Sports Commission supports local sport and coaches, and we identified a need to give young volunteers some support around safeguarding issues. This workshop is delivered by UK Coaching and is a nationally recognised course.

Participants from Athletics, Archery, Boxing, Cricket, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Sailing, Swimming and the Sports Commission attended. During the 2 hour course participants learned about good and bad practice, types of abuse, what to do when they are worried about something and where to go for more information and help.

Jenny Murphy, Sport Development Officer, at the Sports Commission said the workshop was a success. ‘It is important that young people are supported and encouraged to volunteer in sport. By providing this workshop we are able to educate the young people about scenarios they may come across and how they can act in the most appropriate way. Hopefully they will feel more confident in their coaching environment and will have learnt about keeping safe in sport,’ she said.

The Guernsey Sports Commission would like to offer a Youth Safeguarding course on a regular basis to help support all of the young volunteers who help make sport happen in Guernsey. The aim is to have this as part of our workshop schedule in 2018.

For any more information around Safeguarding in Sport and Workshops, please email info@guernseysports.com