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WGUK 2020 - Mentoring Scheme



WGUK will once again be using mentors for the 2020 season to provide feedback to Kids Class, Cadet, Junior and A Class units. This scheme started in 2015 and below is information taken from the original notification sent out.

If you would like to be considered as a mentor (or you know of anyone that you think would be good and we could approach), can you please provide, by the 13th December to mentoring@wguk.org.uk, the following information;

1. The names and contact details (email) of any individuals
2. Their current affiliation/responsibilities within your organisation (e.g. “staff for our A Guard unit”)
3. The 2020 shows that they would be available for.

We will then contact all those who have been put forward and discuss their involvement and ensure they are happy and clear what is required and how the scheme works.

Once again, please can you ensure you respond by 13th December at the very latest.

WGUK Mentoring

The Proposal

At as many shows as possible, there will be an instructor (drawn from a pool of volunteers) who will provide an extra tape to competing units. The instructor will provide feedback from a fellow staff members point of view; depending on their experience, they may comment on any aspect of what they see, with a view to giving helpful guidance and ideas without the need to provide a score. To be clear, this is not a sixth judge, it is peer to peer support from within the Winter Guard instructors community. This approach may also have the added benefits of giving more instructors insight into the judging process and therefore boosting our pool of judges in the future.

How it will work

About a week before each show, an email will be sent to all competing units to ask them to advise the show organiser and chief judge as to what staff members are attending and would be available to provide a tape. A random draw would be conducted to choose which instructor would comment on each class (there could therefore be up to four different instructors commenting at each show, one for each class – World Class is excluded from this pilot).

The instructors would not need to attend critique, but could be contacted via the usual judging feedback route to clarify any comments.

22nd October 2019