20-year-old Gavin, who has autism, applied to the Transition Fund to help him achieve his dream of becoming a sports coach.
Not letting anything hold him back from achieving his goal, the funding allowed Gavin to complete an eight-week training programme with Coach My Sport.
“I’ve always wanted to be a coach, because when you’re younger you don’t have that many things to do and you want to give back to the people that have helped you.
“My job is to coach children of all ages and help them to improve their sports skills, while also letting them have fun at the same time. We do a lot in a week – they’re always learning a new skill.
“My favourite thing about coaching is seeing them all happy and enjoying themselves.”
Gavin first started working as a volunteer for Forth Valley Disability Sport, Falkirk Community Trust and GOGA, clocking up an impressive 280 hours of volunteering through the Saltire Awards.
In 2018, Gavin volunteered with Coach My Sport, helping to deliver coaching sessions to children as part of the Multi SkillZ Programme. Later that year, Coach My Sport launched the CMS Academy Programme where Gavin was one of the first participants.
Gavin now works as an assistant coach with Coach My Sport. He has been in the position since January 2019.
“I think the Transition Fund is a great idea, it helps you get into work and gets you started.
“It’s definitely helped me get more independent, because I would not have been able to do this five years ago.”
During his time at Coach My Sport, where he is still employed, Gavin has proved to be a great and reliable coach, receiving positive feedback from both parents and children.
Gavin continues to grow and is on the Young Start Programme being delivered by Scottish Disability Sport, which features modules on Mentoring, Volunteer Management, Child Well Being and Protection, Coach Transition and Multi Skill Award.
Tony, Head Coach at Coach my Sport and Gavin’s manager added:
“With the help of ILF Scotland funding Gavin has succeeded in developing into a super coach and fantastic young man whose future looks bright.”
Want to #TrySomethingNew like Gavin? You too could benefit from the Transition Fund! Simply fill out an application form to tell us about your goal and how the Transition Fund can help you.
Apply online by emailing enquiries@ILF.scot with the subject heading ‘Online application request’ and we’ll send you a link.
Download the application form and send it in to us.
Learn more about how to apply here.