Physical Preparation Apprenticeship Programme

Are you a gymnastics coach and looking to specialise in physical preparation? 
If so, we are launching a physical preparation apprenticeship programme that could be just for you!
The aim of this new programme is to identify and support gymnastics coaches who are currently working and specialising in the area of physical preparation and who are either engaged or looking to engage in the UKSCA education programme. Through this programme, we want to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders in physical preparation for gymnastics.
This bespoke programme has 1:1 and group mentoring from Paul Coyle, Scottish Gymnastics physical preparation lead. Paul has been working with Scottish Gymnastics over the last 18 months across men’s and women’s artistic, trampoline, teamgym, acrobatics and will be working across all disciplines in 2020. Paul brings a wealth of experience having worked in Scottish sport for over 14 years as a strength and conditioning coach, including working with Commonwealth, World and Olympic champions.
The apprenticeship programme will be supported by the sportscotland Scottish Institute of Sport (SIS) who we worked with to develop a series of workshops on four key topics to enhance coaches’ learning as part of the programme. There will also be the opportunity to gain practical experience by supporting delivery at national performance and performance pathway programmes.
Do you match the criteria required to apply?
  • Coaches must be over the age of 18 years  
  • Coaches must hold a coaching qualification in gymnastics 
  • Be a current Scottish Gymnastics member
  • Hold a current PVG and safeguarding award 
  • Be able to evidence developing your knowledge in the areas of physical preparation 
  • Coaches must have a desire to specialise in physical preparation
  • Coaches have an understanding of the performance pathway 
What does the programme look like?
  • The initial programme year will run April 2020 to March 2021, with monthly interventions through mentoring sessions and clinics
  • Coaches will be expected to attend eight mentoring days, as well as, individual 1:1s throughout the programme year
  • Coaches will be expected to attend all four performance conditioning clinic workshops delivered by Scottish Institute of Sport
  • Coaches will be expected to support the delivery of at least one physical preparation session with the lead, Paul Coyle.
Applications for the programme are now closed.