The publication of UK Coaching’s research ‘Coaching in the UK’ revealed that over nine million adults experienced the broad benefits of coaching in the last 12 months, and the majority agreed that coaching had improved aspects of their physical and mental well-being – reinforcing the belief that great coaching transforms lives.
The 13 million people who live in low income households are one of the groups with the lowest participation rates in sport and physical activity. Only 26% of people from low socio economic groups take part compared to 39.5% of people from more affluent groups. Half of the people living in poverty are in working families, with two thirds of children living in poverty coming from a working household.
Amina is a single mother of seven children. She has shared her story with UK Coaching so that coaches and national governing bodies of sport can start to think differently about people who are managing on low-incomes and want to access sport and physical activity.
As part of UK Active's National Fitness Day - 27 September 2017 - gym operators and physical activity providers across the UK offer a wide range of free taster sessions to raise awareness and encourage people to do more physical acivity.
About the author: Michael Cornall is the Senior Football Development Officer for Suffolk FA and is responsible for the Suffolk FA Development Strategy. He also is an academy coach at Colchester United FC and works as an FA Coach Mentor. Previously, Michael held coaching roles in New Jersey and Seattle respectively. Michael holds an FA UEFA B License and FA Youth Award.
Our UK Coaching Awards perfectly summarised the purpose of coaching: to ‘transform lives’; paying due respect to the sports coaches and coaching organisations, who did exactly that over the previous 12 months.
Volunteers are an intricate part of the sport and physical activity sector, often giving up their free time to make sure an activity or a sporting session runs smoothly.
It was the usual half-term dilemma; working mum, two primary-school aged children and the question of where to keep them safely entertained for a week. Cue the Howardian Education Centre.