Coaching Behaviours Framework
UK Coaching has been working to better understand what effective coaching looks like. And in order to share our insight with you in a meaningful way, we've developed the Coaching Behaviours Framework (CBF).
The CBF aims to support organisations and coach developers to consider how they help people coach in the right place, at the right time and in the right way.
Our collective purpose is to create a more active nation - engaging more people in sport and physical activity and retaining them in an active lifestyle.
There is a vibrant range of titles and nuanced responsibilities for a coach; and whether you identify as a coach, or as an activator, facilitator, instructor, leader, teacher or trainer the important thing to remember is by providing great coaching, you are inspiring others and making a difference.
The Coaching Plan for England sets out a new definition for coaching that encompasses a broader family and recognises a wider range of characteristics.
We have identified four priority Coaching Personas that cover the spectrum of coaching.
- Engage Inactive (Available)
- Maintain Active Lifestyles (TBC)
- Engaging Children (TBC)
- Developing Talent (TBC)
Persona is used as a collective term for the identified effective behaviours of the coach. You can download the elements (People, Personal, Place and Practice) for Engaging the Inactive on the right-hand side of this page.
Using a participant-centred approach to understand effective coaching behaviours, we collated insight from our partners to identify trends before speaking to participants to confirm them.
From this we were able to show what effective coaching looks like through three component parts: Attributes, Knowledge and Behaviours.
Considering the identified purpose of the coaching, ie Engaging the Inactive, the structure guides you to consider how an effective behaviour can be achieved. For example this could be:
the inherent characteristics of the coach e.g. positive or supportive
the knowledge and experience they hold e.g. technical understanding of a subject area.
or the resulting visible behaviours they display e.g. providing a warm welcome.
Core Coaching Elements
We have segmented the identified effective coaching behaviours into four coaching elements to help refine the focus. Click each button for more detail.
Identified behaviours for coaches, when interacting with others in a coaching environment.
Identified behaviours for coaches, when understanding themselves within a coaching environment.
Identified behaviours for coaches specific to specialist environments or audiences.
Note: Collectively, the four elements outline effective coaching behaviours within the context of a Coaching Persona - in this case Engaging the Inactive.
Using the Framework
The Coaching Behaviours Framework is designed to aid workforce development. We have identified four main areas of application.
Recruit – using the key words and behaviours to nuance the way in which coaching roles are advertised.
Mobilise – using detail to inform induction processes, ensuring the workforce understands the context of their role
Support – associating an agreed Coaching Persona within your workforce to provide a focus for Training Needs Analysis.
Develop – using the Coaching Persona as a framework to map development opportunities for your workforce.
Click the links in the bar on the right-hand side of this page to download:
- Coaching Behaviours Framework Presentation
- Coaching Persona - Engaging the Inactive (Elements: People, Personal, Place and Practice)
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