Information for employers
Are you a football club?
Do you run community football programmes?
Do you employ volunteers, coaches, officials, stewards?
Can your staff:
- estimate journey times to games/training sessions?
- work out and accurately mark out pitch areas for a tournament?
- read and understand health and safety information?
- complete accident report forms?
- calculate results and put together league tables?
- follow instructions on how to assemble and store equipment?
- communicate well to players, parents, colleagues and other organisations?
Benefits of improving literacy, language and numeracy skills of your staff can include:
- quicker achievement of other qualifications e.g. Level 2 and 3 coaching awards
- improved relationships with children, young people, their parents and carers
- reduced absenteeism and staff turnover
- meeting health and safety requirements
- improved communication with colleagues and customers
Skills needed by football staff
SkillsActive had a closer look at the literacy language and numeracy skills that a football referee and football development officer would need to use in their day to day roles. View these profiles (Sector Skills Scans) below to read about them. Each one comes with a skills checklist that you can use to see if any of the tasks are ones where your staff may struggle with.
- Football referee:
Football Referee – Skills Checklist
Sector Skills Scan – Football Referee
- Football/club development officer:
Football Development Officer – Skills Checklist
Sector Skills Scan – Football Development Officer
Use the skills checklists to gain an overview of the skills gaps across your referee and football development officer workforce or to see where they as individuals could do with some more support. You could also use them as a starting point for planning a tailored literacy or numeracy training programme for your staff in partnership with an education provider.
Raising your Game: Supporting staff in sport and recreation to improve their English and maths
SkillsActive have developed a toolkit called Raising your Game to support employers in the sport sector to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of their employees.
The Raising your Game toolkit covers areas such as:
- The benefits to staff of improving English and maths skills.
- The positive promotion and how to engage staff to improve their English and maths.
- Setting up training and who to work in partnership with.
To find out more please contact a SkillsActive development manager in your region who can tell you and your staff about the great learning opportunities that are available which can positively impact on your organisation.
Skills Check and Initial Assessment for Sport and Fitness
SkillsActive’s Get Set Go: A Skills for Life learning assessment journey is useful for anyone considering a career, or career progression, in the sport and fitness sector. It brings together Skills for Life tools and careers information, taking the user through a five step journey.
For employers and providers the initial assessment tool built into the five step journey will enable you to assess the literacy and numeracy skills of your employees and find out what level they are working towards.
For more information go visit the Get Set Go pages on the SkillsActive website.
Try out the SkillsCheck: it is a tool which shows the kind of literacy and numeracy needed to work in the sport and fitness sector and can be used to indicate whether an individual needs need to brush up on these skills.
Iroute: Encourage others to improve their skills
This free online learning resource will equip you with some skills and knowledge on how to motivate your employees to take up English and maths.
You will be able to develop your own knowledge about English and maths training and qualifications to help people achieve.
Go to www.move-on.org.uk and enter your email address to subscribe to this on-line learning tool as well as access a vast array of free resources that you can use to motivate and train your employees.