On Sunday, coaches from the Highland Wildcats and potential coaches and leaders for the new Highland Academy Community League were successful in gaining the BAFCA Level 1 coaching qualification at a course supported by Merkinch Partnership.
The course, delivered by former NFLEL coach and now BAFCA Vice-President, Steve McCusker consisted of vital safety information, coaching theory and safe tackling and blocking technique. The group were given a power point presentation, shown instructional videos, participated in role play situations and were then put through a written exam and practical assessment.
Congratulations to the coaches attending as part of the Wildcats / HACL staff: Stephen Corbett, Shaun Matheson, Davie Grant, Luke Crant, Edan Gardner, John Scott, Mark Paulin, Kyle Robertson and Donald MacLeod. The Wildcats also invited two coaches from out-with the area, from other Scottish teams, to attend. Tam McKendrick (East Kilbride Pirates) and Michael Clasper (Lanarkshire Longhorns) did a great job on the day and passed. Coaches from other sports in the Inverness area also attended to improve their knowledge in American football: John MacAulay from OJ Sports, Finella Annand and Emma Paterson who are going to continue to learn more about the game and possibly look to roll out some flag football programmes in the area.
Youth Development Officer, Robbie Paulin, who worked with BAFCA to organise the Level 1 said, “I was really pleased to see the course completely full and the enthusiasm shown by everybody. Coaches with more experience really shone through on the day and new coaches were soaking up information! This will stand both the Wildcats and our new Community League in good stead for next season.
“For our Positive Life Pathways project, this event allowed us to get some of our young people qualifications that will help them not only with their involvement with American football but also look great on their CVs and applications for further education.
“We’re continuing to educate our coaches with a first aid course being run on 29 September. This course will also involve some of our younger potential sports leaders in our Positive Life Pathways project, as young as 14, and give them more qualifications and learning opportunities.”
The BAFCA Level 1 was supported by Merkinch Partnership and was set up as part of the Positive Life Pathways project (funded by Robertson Trust, Gannochy Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation and Common Good Fund).