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ETC Tutor Training 2019

1st & 2nd July 2019

10am – 5pm both days


Who is the training for?

Experienced tutors and trainers who use sport as a tool to engage young people and deliver training as part of their role. Active Schools, Sports Development, Youth Services, governing bodies, etc.


What will participants be able to deliver?

Following completion of the tutor training, participants will be able to deliver ETC courses to fellow staff, volunteers, and young leaders who deliver sport and physical activity to young people. The 6 ETC modules you will be able to deliver are SCQF-accredited at levels 4 and 5, and the tutor training will cover all aspects of SCQF delivery. The content of the 6 modules is designed to be flexible, and those completing the tutor training are free to adapt content to suit the needs of the groups they will deliver to. The six modules you will be able to deliver are:

  • Working with Young People in Sport – an introduction to understanding young people and the role of the coach
  • The Human Connection – developing awareness of the importance of building relationships and the ‘human connection’ as part of effective coaching
  • Planning Effective Physical Activity Programmes – utilising Kolb’s learning cycle to explore the benefits that can be delivered through sport and physical activity
  • Communication – building understanding around the use of communication in sport and its applications beyond
  • Goal Setting – building understanding around the process of setting goals in sports and how these skills can be transferred into everyday life
  • Conflict Resolution – providing coaches with practical tools for dealing with conflict, aggression and challenging behaviour in a sports setting

We are also able to offer follow up training for those that wish to deliver Dynamic Youth Awards in a sports setting, or our Standard Life – Step Up in Life employability and CV writing focussed module.

For more information on SCQF accredited modules click HERE


Course Costs

The cost of the Tutor Training is £300, to cover two full days of training, plus aftercare and support from Scottish Sports Futures.

Subsequently, when participants deliver an ETC module, there will be a cost of £10 per learner, to cover the cost of resources and SCQF-accreditation. Fee waivers and subsidies are available for some learners, including those who are experiencing disadvantage or living in areas of deprivation. This is subject to availability, and determined by our funders; please discuss with the ETC team for more information.


Download your application form HERE

For more information contact Martyn Horsfield, ETC Programme Manager –


Education Through CashBack (ETC) is a national programme which develops the knowledge and skills of our volunteers, sports coaches and youth workers through sporting activity.



How ETC is Changing Lives Through Sport

We’ve spent the past month talking about changing lives through sport, and our Education Through Cashback (ETC) programme, combining youth work and sport to enhance knowledge of the ‘Sport for Change’ approach, is a way you can get involved and use sport to change lives. 

The practical, interactive modules develop an understanding of working with young people and encourage personal development through sport. Training is flexible and adapted to suit the needs of the group. The modules are SCQF accredited, giving participants a tangible qualification recognising their work. 

ETC is suitable for:
Experienced youth workers, coaches, volunteers and other practitioners looking to increase their knowledge of delivering sport for change programmes and understanding of the developmental value of sport and physical activity. 

Young leaders who are newer to coaching and looking to develop their skills and confidence in delivering activities effectively to a range of young people.

Young people experiencing a challenge, eg at risk of exclusion, low-attainment, who wish to develop skills that can be transferred into everyday life, through participation in practical sessions adapted to their needs. 


Victoria Clark, one of our lead tutor team, talks about her year with ETC.

I’ve loved learning from all of the young people I’ve worked with through my 2018-19 ETC journey. I am one of the Lead Tutor team with the ETC programme and facilitate a range of workshops with clients. 

Working in partnership with the young people. enabling them to explore, to find their own answers, to apply and problem solve through practical sessions has been key.  I take an individual approach to each workshop while ensuring the young people  meet the outcomes required of the qualification. It has to be this way, to truly put the young people at the centre of what we do, and to engage them on their personal journeys.  This requires a flexible and creative approach over time that is built upon trust.  This can come with challenges, trusting in the young people and the process enables success. You can see the ongoing development of each person. Sometimes this means a young person has the confidence to speak in front of their peers for the first time , they make friends with someone they’ve not met before, others led warm ups, full sessions, join clubs, gain places in college or university, or volunteer for hours every week to give back. 

Travelling throughout Scotland to offer local opportunities, courses have been delivered as far as Dingwall, Elgin, and Stranraer and many places in between. I love the opportunity to explore Scotland. 


I’ve shared some of  the projects I’ve been involved with throughout 2018-19 below. I’ve been one person working, amongst many within each project, empowering young people through sport and physical activity.


Chance 2 Be 

Arriving at an Active East workshop one evening, one of the participants headed over to meet me, she had been part of a previous Chance 2 Be programme.  Opening the door and grabbing my bags she walked me up to the workshop room.  She chatted the whole way up the stairs telling me stories of the volunteering she is now involved with (every night of the week, some of which includes 2 buses just to get there), and her successful college application. This has been one of my highlights of the year. Seeing the journey of this girl from day 1 of the Chance 2 Be programme to where she is now.  It’s also been great to see some of participants from Chance 2 Be 1 now coming along to support the delivery of the 4th project. Throughout Chance 2 Be, the participants were given the opportunity to participate in a range of ETC workshops. 


Scottish Disability Sport Young Start Apprentices. 

I’m one of a team of mentors at Scottish Disability Sport empowering young people with learning, sensory and physical disabilities to achieve their coaching and leadership goals. Bringing both programmes together enabled some of the young people involved in this programme to gain SCQF accredited ETC qualifications. It was great to see everyone supporting one another as they delivered their sessions as part of the communication workshop. Learning balloon modelling and some sign language were definite highlights from the weekend that we are still talking about. 


Glasgow Fever Basketball Club

Glasgow Fever: Where People Make the Game. The club took a group of U16 Girls on a residential experience. The girls focused on developing their basketball and personal skills. The ETC Planning and Goal Setting workshops were integrated throughout the weekend. The course content was broken down over the weekend, enabling messaging to be built upon at key moments.  The team work shown by the girls helping one another to achieve was excellent. They all left having achieved a range of  qualifications through sport. 


Scottish Swimming Young Event Co-ordinators 

The buzz at the Royal Commonwealth Pool on the morning of the session really drew you in. It was great to be working with the newly recruited Young Event Co-ordinators right at the heart of the event. The meeting room where the ETC Planning Sport and Physical Activity programme workshop was being held looked directly onto the pool where all the action was taking place. I’m looking forward to seeing how these young people develop through this pilot programme. 


SFA Volunteer Inspire Project and Shell Twilight Basketball 

A Fort William girl, I love working in the Highlands so I grabbed the opportunity to work in Inverness, Dingwall and Nairn (a favourite spot from my childhood). These projects also took me to Elgin, Dundee, Stranraer and Cumbernauld. These Friday night projects offered young people to chance to gain ETC SCQF qualifications through the sport they love. 


ETC: Changing Lives Through Sport. Bring on 19/20!


For more information or to book a course contact Martyn on 0141 218 4640 or email

First ETC SCQF Course Delivered at Newbattle High School

ETC became SCQF accredited in April 2017 in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College with modules being accredited at levels 4 and 5. Newbattle High School Sport recreation students were there first group to complete the ETC SCQF version of module 1 – Working with Young People in Sport in June 2017. This was delivered over 2 weeks and was very well received by students. The purpose of the students completing this module was because they are due to visit primary schools in the new term delivering sports sessions on active lifestyles and building self-esteem to primary 7 pupils before their transition to secondary school. WWYPS was the perfect module to be delivered to this group as it would allow them to learn the skills needed to coach, build their own confidence within this role and allow them to understand the how, what and why of what they are doing.ETC Newbattle 3


ETC Newbattle 7

The students completed the SCQF module with great confidence and were a fantastic pilot group for ETC to deliver its first SCQF course too. ETC course tutor Victoria very much enjoyed delivering this course and said “Newbattle High School offers a really welcoming environment. The senior pupils arrived to both sessions full of energy and enthusiasm. Each of them committed to completing the qualification. It was great to see them supporting one another throughout. I’m looking forward to learning more about the next steps in their journey.” Victoria Clark, ETC Tutor
Please see below quotes from a participant on the course and also Bob Foley, Head of Health and Well Being at Newbattle High School;
“We really liked working with Victoria our ETC trainer as she was calm ,informative and taught us loads, and it was fun her not being a Teacher from school. I am feeling confident now to go out to Primaries and work with young pupils.” Samantha S6

“We have been lucky enough to work closely with ETC for 2 years now and I would highly recommend their delivery and tutors as professional and able to make good connections with our pupils, delivering modules that are highly relevant to our senior Sport Rec pupils heading out to deliver Sport lessons to our P7 pupils. They were all nervous to go out to the Primary but the course content and the emphasis on confidence building will help them so much.” Bob Foley, Head of Health and Well Being







Comedy Club to raise funds for SSF

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) is having a charity fundraiser at The Stand Comedy Club on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 to raise money to support the work we do with over 10,000 disadvantaged young people across Scotland annually.

Join us and share a few laughs during the week and help us raise lots of cash for a good cause!

The Stand Comedy Club has been around for many years and is an intimate venue located in the West End of Glasgow which has seen many famous comedians grace its doors over the years including Kevin Bridges, Frankie Boyle, Fred Macaulay and lots more!

Confirmed acts include:-

Headline Act – Chris Forbes from BBC Scotland ‘Scot Squad’

Stuart Mitchell

Kirsty Morrison

Joseph Goss

Billy Kirkwood

There will be a raffle on the night and there is a full cash bar on-site!

Tickets can be purchased on eventbrite for £8 plus £1.04 booking fee per ticketclick here

You can also reserve tickets by calling The Stand 0141 212 3389 and are £8 payable cash on the door.

Sign-up to bring young people to a fun filled Sport4all event!



We are inviting families, organisations and groups across Glasgow to bring  young people along to a fun filled active event for all.

On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July SSF – Active East will be hosting a weekend of sport, physical activity and play opportunities delivered by partners for young people in the North East of Glasgow, taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre!

“sport for all” means making sport accessible to all members of our communities, as a vehicle for integration, empowerment and well-being. It engages everyone to move, play and compete together with people from different backgrounds, ages & abilities. This event will:


  • Be FREE
  • Be fun and exciting
  • Link young people across the East of Glasgow with local opportunities to be active
  • Include an exciting interactive marketplace for families and young people to find out local opportunities
  • Have an under 8’s drop-in Zone
  • Taster sessions for young people aged 8+ including: Boxing, Active play, Gymnastics, Athletics, Judo, Cricket, Basketball and much more!
  • A pool party – at Tollcross after our event on the Sunday 4 – 6pm (please note groups/parents will then be responsible for supervising young people)

Sign up now!

  • Families, organisations and groups are invited to bring along young people aged 8+ on the Saturday and on the Sunday for the full day (9:30-4pm) for the taster sessions
  • Spaces for the full day of taster sessions are allocated on a first come first serve basis
  • Sport4All – Booking Form – please complete this and send over as soon as possible to secure your spaces by Thursday 20th July
  • There will be fun activities for under 8’s who come along to get involved, this is on a drop in basis between 10-12pm and 13:00 and 15.15pm each day

If you have any questions about the event please get in touch at or call 0141 218 4640




It is with sadness that we have said goodbye to our founding CEO, Ian Reid, who, after over 18 years of dedicated hard work has grown the charity to the success it is today.  We wish him well in his chosen retirement.

Exciting times are ahead with our new appointment of CEO, namely Pam Hunter.  Pam, originally born in Glasgow, comes back home after 20 years away.  She comes with a breadth of experience in both the private and voluntary sectors, is educated in leadership to MBA level and has volunteered in counselling and charity boards.  Her spare time is filled with sport at any opportunity.

Pam Hunter said:

“I am really excited and thrilled to be starting this position and look forward to working with a great team.  Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy physical activity and get the life affirming benefits derived from it.  Our duty is to make this available to all young people across the length and breadth of Scotland.”

Charles Cormack, Chair said:

“This is a time of mixed emotions, with a sad farewell to Ian and an excited welcome to Pam.  After a rigorous recruitment process, Pam rose to the top.  We look forward to the future leadership Pam will bring to SSF with confidence”

ETC is now SCQF accredited in partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College at levels 4 and 5 –  Please see below the modules which are now accredited;

Working With Young People In Sport

Human Connection

Benefits Of Sport and Physical Activity


Goal Setting

Conflict Resolution

There will be more information coming out soon about the launch of this, however if you have any queries please do let us know by emailing

ETC Resource – Judo Workbook Programme

The Girl’s Judo programme is keen to develop female coaches and volunteers, as well as increasing female participation in Judo. This approach has proven successful resulting in a 5% increase in female membership across 8 -15 year olds from the 4 initial club projects.  In 2016 a further 2 clubs were added to the initial batch resulting in six Girl’s sessions running over the 20 week period. With strong partnerships now formed by JudoScotland, Youth Scotland, Scottish Sport Futures & Ng Home the programme is heading towards continued growth. The success of the West of Scotland Programme has also led to the development of five more pilot female participation judo initiatives in the East of Scotland.

The sessions, developed from an award winning pilot, focus on physical movement similar to dance, introducing judo gradually to maximize engagement. Fully understanding that competing is not for everyone the judo classes ensure a learning environment incorporating workshops to encourage Health and Wellbeing, Cooking and Healthy Snacks, Internet Safety, Team building, Active Citizenship & Bullying.  These workshops are fantastic and ETC are now very lucky to offer ETC participants the workshop programme which they can then take activities from to use within sports sessions.  To view the workbook programme register online for an ETC course and once you have completed the course thyou can view this in post-course material!!!

ETC – A look back at 2016!

What a 2016 for ETC!!! ETC delivered 130 courses to participants across 18 local authorities in Scotland! In total 2294 participants completed ETC modules throughout the year. Please see a breakdown of this year’s delivery figures below.


As noted above ETC courses were  delivered in 18 local authorities. This delivery varied from block bookings to young leaders and young ambassadors across North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire and Dundee to single module delivery to specific groups which benefited for example from the Communication module or Conflict Resolution. Please see the diagram below showing ETC’s local authority delivery.


ETC is currently going through the SCQF accreditation process, working closely with Glasgow Kelvin College. This has been an exciting process and will add so much value to the ETC programme when complete. This is likely to be completed by the end of  January 2017 and will then launch in March 2017.

ETC continues to receive positive feedback from participants, please see a small collection below;