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A Coaching Plan for England

By Christopher Corfield Head of Policy at sports coach UK

I’m Christopher and, alongside being a committed and long suffering follower of lower league football, I have what is often described as a ‘unique’ role working as Head of Policy across Sport England and sports coach UK.

I know what you’re thinking, what does a Head of Policy do, when not travelling the country in hope, but often not expectation, of the Holy Grail... a Shrewsbury Town away win?

Well, one of the most exciting things I’m doing is developing the first Coaching Plan for England and I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you more about it, by answering the questions I am being asked by you, the coaches.

So, without further ado...

What is it?

The Coaching Plan for England sets the future direction for:

  • coaching policy (the way that coaching is planned and delivered)
  • investment in coaching (the funding and resources that Sport England has to support coaching)

The plan will be launched in 2015.

Why do we need it?

We need a national plan in place to make sure that we have:

  • coaches focused on driving participation
  • a greater understanding of the local challenges
  • a picture of the demand and supply for coaching, now and for the future
  • clear evidence and examplesof the impact of coaching locally and nationally

What does the plan say?

The plan outlines the strategies and tactics required to achieve the vision of an excellent coaching experience for all people playing sport.

The mission is to provide high quality coaching that meets the needs of all, across all sporting environments, whether their ambition is simply to have fun, fulfil potential or follow in the footsteps of their heroes.

The plan has three objectives:

  1. Coaching meets the needs of all people playing sport
  2. A coordinated approach to coaching delivery
  3. Coaching has a high profile within the sector

What is the unique role of coaches?

We know that:

  • the majority of coached adults and young people say that coaching has increased:
    • their enjoyment of;
    • their passion and commitment to; and
    • the time they spend playing sport.
  • significant proportions of coached adults and young people also say coaching has made them less likely to stop playing.
  • adults and young people at all levels, beginner to international standard athletes, have experienced these positive impacts of coaching.
  • adults and young people will have more positive playing experiences the higher the quality of their coach.

Why are coaches so important?

We know that coaches are in a unique position to be able to impact positively on sporting experiences and absolutely critical if we want to create lifelong sporting habits. Coaches can often be role models in their community, and we want to make sure that this is recognised.

How can I get involved?

I’m very keen to hear more from coaches, as I really value input from the people who will bring to life our vision of excellent coaching experiences for all people playing sport, through the sessions you deliver up and down the country.

You can feed in your views on the Coaching Plan for England directly here.

Look out for more information on the plan in the next issue of the excellent Coaching Edge magazine and via the Sport England website.


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