Coaching for Success

Would you like to be a Performance Coach and support young people in Swindon, bringing success to potential?

What is Coaching for Success?

Coaching for Success is a Grit programme that is delivered in schools across the country.  It is aimed at supporting young people in achieving their full potential.  The young people participate in a 4-day personal development workshop and then regular, one-to-one coaching sessions for up to six months. 

An essential element of each programme is the introduction of performance coaches.  This is a special opportunity to support a small group of young adults at Swindon Academy (usually 2 or 3), in finding the motivation and skills they need to succeed in their education. 

Through taking on the role, performance coaches will receive considerable training that will be directly transferable to their work place.

Objectives of the programme:

  • Bring young people together with local adults who are successful and can support them in realising their own potential
  • Give schools some new ways of working with pupils who are underachieving

What does it take to be a successful performance coach?

We are looking for coaches who can:

  • Be role models
  • Keep their word
  • Support young people in discovering their potential – not try and do the programme for them
  • Hold young people accountable
  • See what is possible for young people 

However, the most important criterion is that you are willing to engage in training and are committed to the young people. 

What is the time commitment?

Your involvement will start with a two-day performance coach training 27-28th January 2018, 9-6pm both days, venue TBC. (Note: you need to be able to attend all of the 2-day workshop.)

You will then meet the small group of pupils you will be supporting and set up coaching sessions with your group (either as a group or individually) - these can be weekly or fortnightly and usually last around 30 – 45 minutes. Timings of these sessions can be flexible but they often take place before school, during the school lunch break, at specified times during the day or straight after school finishes.

There will be monthly coaching support calls and two group follow-up sessions when all young people and coaches will come together to review progress. The coaching will last up to six months, probably taking a break over the summer holidays and re-starting in September.

What will you get out of it?

  • Having the experience and satisfaction of making a considerable difference in the lives of young people
  • Improved interpersonal skills - increasing effectiveness at work and in relationships with family and friends
  • Training and practise in being a coach
  • A better understanding of young peoples’ issues and thinking 


What next?

If you would like to apply to be a coach please complete the enclosed application form. If you need more details before confirming your involvement, please contact Sumeya, on volunteer@grit.org.uk or 07787 296193. 

You will be asked to fill out a DBS application before you start coaching and will shortly receive a confirmation letter giving you full details of the programme you will be coaching in and all important dates.


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