Can Do Martial Arts
Activity Leadership Apprenticeship
Ryan started as an apprentice at Can Do Martial Arts in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and was immediately enrolled onto his apprenticeship programme in Activity Leadership, which included the Diploma in Active Leisure Qualification.
Ryan was very keen to progress with the course and always ensured work was completed on time and to a high standard. He was learning a lot at the time through shadowing of 3 senior colleagues at the martial arts centre. Due to his quick learning and eagerness to progress he was soon issued with his own regular class to build his experience and confidence in coaching.
During Ryan’s qualification I observed him many times and could see clear improvements each time. He started off deliver a regular young children’s martial arts group and showed great enthusiasm and motivation to support the children in their development. A strength of Ryan’s coaching that really impressed me was his attitude towards improving the children’s life skills outside of the club as well as their martial arts techniques. He engaged the class at the start of sessions to discuss the importance of respect and always trying to challenge and improve themselves. The children actively participated in these discussions due to the nature of activities he used. The children clearly enjoyed sessions with Ryan, which was evident from the reaction he had from them when they first walked in, telling him all about their day and excitement for the session ahead. Ryan would always take time to listen to their stories and show clear interest in them. Even after the sessions Ryan would allocate time to speak not only with the children but engage with the parents as well.
Ryan soon started to lead additional sessions and would travel to schools. His confidence and coaching ability was improving all the time. As Ryan was progressing well with his course, during a discussion about his future development he highlighted that he would like to help lead gym fitness sessions, as the club had a small gym. I too felt this would be of great benefit to Ryan so we added the fitness instructor qualification to his framework. Ryan was extremely motivated to complete this and was soon ready for his practical assessment, where he supported an adult through their induction in the gym.
During the course Ryan demonstrated the ability to adapt his coaching to work with children and adults to help support their development. He is now keen to progress onto his Personal Training qualification.