Leading sport associations improving student employability

August 16, 2017

Coaching skills: Murdoch University students are improving their employability with the help of sporting associations

Coaching skills: Murdoch University students are improving their employability with the help of sporting associations

Murdoch University students are linking with high profile sporting associations to broaden their employability and to support grassroots sport development.

Health and Physical Education students work with Tennis Australia, the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and Hockey WA to obtain coaching accreditation and to get hands on experience.

Murdoch School of Education lecturer Fiona Cumming said valuable career opportunities and benefits were opening up for students through alignment with these leading sports organisations.

“Opportunities to gain knowledge and experience, create new career pathways and options for Murdoch students,” Ms Cumming said.

“It’s more than working within a school — Murdoch students acquire the understanding and skills to coach children, which broadens their employability.”

She said coaching skills broadened future job options for students, with specialist sports schools valuing coaching experience in addition to teaching skills.

Leading sporting associations also saw great value in delivering coaching courses to Murdoch students who in turn help sport development.

WACA Talent and Coach Development Specialist Lindsay Flinn said students accompanied WACA recruiting staff to schools and clubs and assisted in coaching and recruitment activities in the girls and boys programs.

“The students have the opportunity to complete an important component of their course, and the WACA gets extra help in the very important recruitment phase of the season.”

He said the course was another example of the partnership benefits Murdoch University and the WACA had been building over the past five years.

Students work with Hockeyroos assistant coach Nicole Arrold and Hockey WA to mentor young coaches, who have the sporting background, to develop their coaching skills. Ms Arrold is an Associate Lecturer at Murdoch University.

Murdoch University’s connection with Tennis Australia involves students working alongside coaches in reputable tennis academies across the metropolitan area and running school holiday sessions.

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ANDREW TAGGART August 22, 2017

Hi Fiona

Great to see this work progressing with hockey, cricket and tennis. Later this year we will have the biggest community football/soccer club joining Murdoch. Melville City Football Club will become MUMCFC and we/they will enjoy the brand new national standard artificial turf pitches completed just last week. Even more WIL opportunities for our HPE students.

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