Exciting Partnership To Develop Young Volunteers

13 Oct

Cricket Scotland team up with ScotRail and Glasgow Kelvin College to Develop Young Volunteers

Cricket Scotland are pleased to announce an exciting partnership with ScotRail and Glasgow Kelvin College to encourage more young people into volunteering at their cricket clubs and making a difference in their local community. Cricket Scotland are the first partners to come on board with ScotRail and Glasgow Kelvin College in this exciting pilot programme.

The partnership will see 16 young people selected from cricket clubs around Scotland to be put through Glasgow Kelvin College`s `Community Achievement Award`. The Community Achievement Award is a Scottish Community Qualification Framework accredited course which is designed to support, recognise and accredit learning and achievement in a community setting. The award is based arounda three stage process:

  1. Planningchoosing an activity and setting milestones.
  2. Implementingcarrying out activity as outlined in the planning stage.
  3. Evaluatingreviewing success, identifying learning and looking at the benefits to the self and others.

The awards will also be completed with appropriate support from trained mentors. These mentors will be identified from the cricket community and trained by Glasgow Kelvin College to support the young people selected for the award.

There`s no doubt that this is an exciting partnership for all involved and Cricket Scotland`s Head of Participation, Ian Sandbrook, had this to say about the announcement:

“Cricket Scotland are so excited to be the first partner for this project in conjunction with ScotRail and Glasgow Kelvin College. One of the key aims of our `Thriving Clubs`  Programme is to help clubs become more welcoming and engaged with young people and we believe this great qualification will help achieve this. The Community Achievement Award is a brilliant way of encouraging, supporting and rewarding young people to get involved in their club and community, and will have great benefits for the individual, clubs, and the local community in the future. I would like to thank both ScotRail and Glasgow Kelvin College for their support and we`re looking forward to working with them.”

ScotRail’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Elaine Bell said: “We place a lot of importance on making a positive impact in our communities and helping young volunteers to develop their skills is a great way of doing so.

“We’ll be following their progress with interest and look forward to hearing they’ve all gained their qualification.”

Alan Sherry, Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, also added:

“The Community Achievement Awards were designed in response to the local ‘Thriving Places’ priority and have a much broader application.  The College is delighted with Scotrail’s interest in the Awards following the launch of Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter, which has formed the basis for this new partnership. 

“The Awards provide an opportunity for recognition of learning and achievements in communities, in particular the difference made by participants to the lives of others. The framework is part of the College’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s communities and economic strategies and supports progression to further learning.  We look forward to working more closely with both Scotrail and Cricket Scotland in our new partnership”.

Volunteer Scotland have also been impressed by the partnership and the approach of helping young people develop life skills that are beneficial to local communities. Adrian Murtagh from Volunteer Scotland said:

“We are excited to be involved to help promote The Community Achievers Award to develop young volunteers, and help make a difference in local communities. We would like to wish all parties well in this new partnership”.  

If you are a young person under 20 years of age and a member of a cricket club and interested in this opportunity, then please click on the link below to complete the application form for the programme.

Any enquiries regarding the Community Achievement Award please contact Cricket Scotland Head of Participation Ian Sandbrook – iansandbrook@cricketscotland.com

Community Achievement Award Application

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