What motivates young people to be active?

This animation and guidance from UK Coaching and Sport England is the second in a series of learning for youth coaches. It follows the popular  What makes your sessions unmissable for young people?

This animation shows how everyone has a different reason or motivation for taking part in sport - these reasons can change with time.

Coaches play an essential role in keeping young people engaged in sport if they:

  1. find out why young people turn up to sessions
  2. plan and deliver sessions to meet these reasons or motivations
  3. and recognise when motivations have been fulfilled.

UK Coaching and Sport England have been working together to support youth coaches in understanding and applying learning from the latest youth insight, Under the Skin. As part of this, we asked young people why they take part in sport or activity. The most common reasons included:

  • to meet new people
  • to hang out with friends
  • to get in shape
  • to be healthy
  • for fun and enjoyment
  • and to learn new skills.

The challenge for coaches, activators and leaders is to plan and deliver sessions to meet these reasons for taking part. Use the video to help you consider 'What motivates young people to be active?' 

Remember - all young people are different and will have different reasons for taking part, based on their different experiences, personality and lifestyle factors.

Download the accompanying guide: What motivates young people to be active?

You can also access other animations in this series: What makes your session unmissable? and How do you coach young people when life changes? 

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We have produced an accessible word version of this animation.

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