Ivybridge Community College is a much larger than average secondary school situated on the southern fringe of Dartmoor. Sports development and community use has been embedded within the college’s ethos from its foundation and it has adapted its management approach (although always under the direct control of the college), as its facility stock and amount of community use has grown. Initial community use was developed through the formation of hockey clubs when a sand based AGP was installed with Sport England grant in the mid 1990s but the catalyst for major expansion into community use was a fitness suite provided through specialist sports college status in 1997. In order to manage and develop this, the College established a post of Community Sports Manager (CSM).
From the beginning, the college regarded it as essential to employ the community sports manager directly, so that the post was regarded as part of the college complement. Income from lettings now funds three part-time receptionists, two fitness instructors and a number of sports coaches.
The post of community sports manager is closely linked to the PE department; the postholder principally works during the day (including after-college sessions) with some evening and weekend shifts The daytime presence of the CSM enables an integrated curriculum and community ethos and has many benefits including close liaison over ‘changeover’ times, well defined pathways from school to community club sport and good relationships with the many clubs using the facilities on block booking arrangements, as the CSM maintains booking records and deals with booking requests. The facilities are at the hub of the sporting community and very well used and a number of training courses are run with national governing bodies of sport.
Chris Tredidgo – Community Sports Development Manager
|Type: Academy Converter||Gender: Mixed|
|Age Range: 11-18||Size: 2447|
|Location: Ivybridge, Devon|
|Management Model: Direct Management by school|