Learn to be a sport leader

The BBC's Mike Bushell playing rounders in Dinnington

The BBC Olympics team have launched a training course teaching BBC staff how to run sports groups.

The one day course is counted as training so is free to all BBC staff and can be attended during work hours, providing permission is given by line managers.

There are 200 places for the one day course running between April and July. It is being offered in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, London, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottinghamshire, Belfast and Birmingham.

Some of the day is spent playing playground games like rounders.

BBC Olympics talent coordinator Delia Harris took part in a trial day to test the scheme out. She says the focus is on learning how to run groups which make physical activity open to all.

"It's not about creating the next Olympian, it's about giving people the chance to experience something different."

The course covers how to adapt games to include people with disabilities or people less inclined to get involved in sport.

Olympic spirit

Ms Harris hopes to start a dance class in the White City estate next to the BBC's west London offices. She was a dance teacher and performed in Fame before her current job where she finds work experience roles for people who wouldn't otherwise get the chance to work in the BBC.

But she reassures that you don't have a sporty history to take part.

Delia Harris Delia Harris found her inner child on the Sports Leaders course

"You don't need to be fit. You just need to be able to come up with a few ideas of games and remember how you were at seven-years-old."

That child-like fun is something that stuck out for Ms Harris.

"When you're in the training session you'll find that people have got this smile on their face after ten minutes. Everyone is transported back to being a child. So just think, If you're learning about delivering a session, how many smiles you can put on the faces of children when you are delivering a session."

She is also convinced the course will help people in their work.

"It taught me about different ways to communicate effectively at different levels, whether it's a seven-year-old child or the director of Lloyds Bank."

"People are going to come back to the office with ideas, even if it's just different ways to have a team meeting."

Caroline Prendergast, who is in charge of staff engagement with the Olympics, echoes this belief that the course will not only give people the skills to volunteer in sports clubs but also help their skills in the office.

"The skills you learn are entirely transferable from asking for feedback to delegating tasks and engaging people to being resourceful."

She says the course, which is run by coaching charity Sports Leaders, is in line with the spirit of the London Olympics.

"London's bid for hosting the Olympics was around getting people involved in sports."

She chose to offer the course because, in her view, BBC staff are already interested in volunteering so it gives that extra support they need.

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