West Lothian Club Network Night
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Howden Park Centre played host to the annual Club Network Night on Thursday 24 April 2016. Around 60 club representatives attended the event from across 20 different sports that provide activities across the life stages as well as disability sport.
The event was opened by Chair of West Lothian Sports Council Robert Ovens who took the opportunity to inform the representatives about the benefits of being an affiliated club and the work of the Sports Council.
The theme of the evening was 'expand your network, grow your club'. The first presentation of the night was by WLC Sports Development Officer Shirley-Anne Duff and centred around the changes that have been made to this website, the newly developed Club Zone and carried out a consultation with the clubs on what information and resources that would be beneficial for clubs in all stages of development.
The second presentation was delivered in partnership between WLC Sports Development Officer Jordan Shirley and Livingston District Dolphins and talked about the journey that the Dolphins took through Positive Coaching Scotland. Coach Joe Walker said "the best bit of the whole experience was having someone external really examine his coaching practice and in turn get him to look at himself and would welcome any of the other club coaches in the room to come out and see how he coaches and discuss what they could learn from each other". If you would like to start your own PCS journey please contact complete this form and return to Jordan Shirley or contact him directly on e: email@example.com t:01506 283 504. Download your copy of the West Lothian PCS Plan here.
Clubs were given lots of time to network and meet representatives from other clubs and sports as well as talk to the WLC Sports Development and Active Schools staff. The event was rounded off with a question and answer session featuring Robert Ovens Chair of WL Sports Council, Neal Herbert from Lothian Disability Sport, Fiona Pearson from West Lothian Social Enterprise Network, Paul Stark Sport and Outdoor Education Coordinator (WLC) and the two presenters Jordan and Shirley-Anne from WLC Sports Development. Questions from the floor were around growing clubs, with a particular focus on target populations of women and girls and athletes with a disability, the benefits of being a social enterprise and use of social media and alternative means of communication. With so many excellent questions this session could have easily gone on all night and if you do have follow up questions or want any further feedback on the topics discussed on the night please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting us at @ActiveWL