This unit applies to those with a sport development role. This focuses on developing strategies to increase participation and enhance pathways for emerging talent and implementing these strategies in schools, clubs and community environments. It does not cover design and delivery of specific talent identification programs.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - liaise with stakeholders to identify their needs; - consult with relevant personnel to develop activity or program criteria and formats; - develop and participate in networks to promote programs; - seek feedback on outcomes; - identify relevant products and services for specific target groups; - investigate alternative activity and program formats and structures and match these to the needs and objectives of participants; - develop, implement and monitor a budget to implement the desired strategies; - implement strategies within a defined timeframe; - manage a range of participation programs and activities; - assess resource requirements and secure necessary resources for implementation; - design, implement and monitor participation programs and activities; - adjust program structures and formats as required; - self-management skills to reflect on own performance in developing and managing participation programs and activities and make appropriate adjustments, and; - ability to develop and adapt programs, activities and formats for a range of participant abilities, ability levels and ages.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - characteristics of different groups of participants and appropriate communication and motivation techniques for each group; - products and services suitable for increasing participation in a specific sport; - strategies to best develop and promote participation; - marketing and advertising strategies to increase participation; - existing and potential networks and groups to enable links to be developed with potential stakeholders and participants; - the relationship between participation and talent identification in order to develop programs that will integrate with and develop pathways through the sport for emerging talent, and; - types of program structures and formats suitable for different participant groups to ensure the development of appropriate programs and activities.

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