Sports management consultancy

What people say about us

We are externally verified by 1st4Sport on a regular basis due to the number of qualifications we deliver. This feedback examines our policies and procedures, health and safety, tutoring, assessing and portfolio sampling. See below some report extracts

Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)

This was the very first course Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF) and the centre were trialling the new Learner Pack and format which was being delivered by experienced tutor/assessor Simon Kirkland. There were 6 learners and the EV observed course delivery of coaching styles, questioning styles, listening and types of feedback. Simon used dvd clips and group activities as examples confirm learning. The EV observed an excellent learning environment and learners interviewed were happy with the course programme and following discussion the requirements for the PTTLS assessment.

This visit was on day 4 of the second PTLLS course which was the assessment day. Course assessor Kath Robinson was well prepared for the day with the assessment room ready prior to learners arriving. An assessment programme was in place with learners aware of the assessment order. An overview of the assessment day and explained the assessment criteria with the learner Observation Assessment Checklist. Learners interviewed were happy with the course programme and assessment arrangements.

1st4Sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport

IAPS Course tutor/assessor Simon Kirkland is very enthusiastic and professional in his delivery of the Level 3 IAPS course and shows lots of passion towards the course content. It was obvious from this visit that the candidates attending were enjoying the course and course programme and this is down to Simon's welcoming approach and humour within tutoring skills and choice of humorous learning aids used. There was a very good learning environment created by Simon who involved candidates throughout the course in paired way and through group work.

1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in Tutoring Sport

This was day two of the CTS Course which was being delivered at Kings Court Hall Green. There were 6 candidate learners attending from different sports and from different parts of the country. Course tutor was the experienced Kay Adkins, who was well organised with power point presentation and flip chart available. Kay gives constant feedback to the learners and gives good examples throughout the session, using life experiences to confirm these. Module 3 Questioning, Listen and Feedback covered the use of questioning and there was a good discussion around the purpose of questions. Group work was used to discuss scenarios around dealing with different types of attendees on coach education courses with one of the group acting as an observer. The group came together and Kay facilitated the discussion well. Kay is very enthusiastic in her delivery and general persona and this helps with creating a very good learning environment. EV observed good practice throughout this visit. Well done to Kay.

1st4sport Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF)

This was the first course of the Internal Quality Assurance qualification to be delivered by Sports Structures with tutors/assessors Simon Kirkland and Graham Herstell. There were 4 learners attending from English Table Tennis Association who are developing their workforce towards Internal Verification for the sport in coach education. There was a very good learning environment created and Simon and Graham were well prepared with a learning programme available, Learner Pack (which needed some photo copying done by Simon to replace missing pages) Sports Structures Policies and Procedures and Additional information for learners. Simon involved EV in the course delivery with reference to roles and responsibilities of an EV within a recognised centre which EV gave an overview too. This gave the learners an opportunity to ask questions on the role of the EV. Simon set the learners a task and explained the Internal Verification Planner document which needs to be completed on verification visits. Learners were issued with ETTA Internal Verification documentation which will be used for IV purposes tutors explained the forms and there usage. Simon gave an overview of the Verification Process to the learners and gave an overview of the Workshop Outcomes and Q&A with the learners. This was a very good observation and both Simon and Graham created an excellent learning environment.

1st4Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Basketball

The course was run at a Youth/community centre. Although the classroom area was not available an alternative satisfactory area was used for the classroom activities. There was sole use of the sports hall. There was a clear planned structure to the day that was communicated to the candidates. A discussion around positive coaching behaviour and how to coach took place at the start of the day. Candidates were then given the topic for their assessed practical coaching session in the afternoon followed by a practical run through the techniques – tutor and candidate led. A good use of the lunch period for the candidates to prepare for their practical assessment.



• “Sport Structures team of experts has given us multi-discipline support which has led to understanding the coaching needs of our sport”
Tim Fawke CEO Snowsport England
• “Sport Structures have provided a tailored service relevant to our needs after consulting to assess our development requirements.”
Ollie Holt Archery GB
• “A very professional approach to this project, with some very positive feedback from our coaches on the level of service provided.”
Paul Moss Workforce Manager British Triathlon
• “The course has been a life changing experience”
Certificate in Tutoring Sport candidate