As of August 2019, the SSS and CHANGES partnership, led by Professor Moira Lafferty (University of Chester) and her colleague Dr. Caroline Wakefield (Liverpool Hope University), continue to work towards a joint aim of making student sport safe and inclusive for all. Together we are continuing to work towards the commitments set out in the partnership agreement alongside the CHANGES trainers, Development Committee, and Equality Steering Group.
So far the partnership has hosted two Train the Trainer programmes which has led to the upskilling of 17 student sports staff across five regions of Scotland. In February this year, SSS invited the trainers to a CHANGES networking and planning workshop to discuss the journey so far and future steps. Amongst other things, the trainers made it clear a third train the trainer programme was required to reach the target of training all student sports clubs in Scotland.
Train the Trainer Course
The third Train the Trainer will take place on Friday 23rd October in Edinburgh. The deadline for signing up is Monday 19th October at 12:00. Professor Lafferty’s research highlights the advantages of having external staff deliver the CHANGES workshops to student clubs. The overall aim is to be in a position where we have developed a large enough workforce so that institutions are able to support one another to train up all our 614 clubs in the network.
Please note that we are mindful of the challenges Covid-19 may bring with delivering this course. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep up to date with public health guidelines so that we can take all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of those involved.
📲Sign up here for the next CHANGES: Train the Trainer course.
Michael Webster from the University of Edinburgh, participated in the training last year and from that, co-delivered a workshop to over thirty sports club members.
He said: “The Train the Trainer course was engaging, informative and eye-opening. The effects of hazing and negative group events can be catastrophic, so to have the ability to deliver workshops with the aim of positively influencing the culture of student sports clubs, feels incredibly impactful, and fulfilling on a personal level.”
“The tools and techniques from the course have allowed me to frame conversations around looking to the future, creating new traditions, and utilising team-building techniques to create inclusive, positive, and safe welcome activities.”
The current list of available trainers can found below and will be updated after the October Training.
Tayside, Fife, and Grampian Regional Trainers;
Eamonn Laird, University of Dundee – email@example.com
Ellen Morrissey, Robert Gordon University – firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Scott, University of St. Andrews – email@example.com
South East Regional Trainers;
Fraser Reynolds, Edinburgh Napier University – firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Bodel, University of Stirling – email@example.com
Amy Beattie, University of Stirling – firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Webster, University of Edinburgh – email@example.com
Bethany Lawrie, University of Edinburgh – Bethany.Lawrie@ed.ac.uk
Catherine Wilson, Heriot-Watt University – firstname.lastname@example.org
West Regional Trainers;
Iain Christie, the University of the West of Scotland – email@example.com
Seona McKenzie, University of Strathclyde – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Taylor, University of Glasgow – Jamie.Taylor@glasgow.ac.uk
Scottish Student Sport Staff;
Gavin Rittoo, Scottish Student Sport – email@example.com
Nicola Scott, Scottish Student Sport – firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Richardson, Scottish Student Sport – email@example.com
Neil Rankin, Scottish Student Sport – firstname.lastname@example.org
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