Coaching in the UK

Coaching Can help to inspire people to reach their goals, whatever they may be.

Tue, 01 Nov 2016

Eighty per cent of participants say that coaching improves their enjoyment of sport, but how many of these realise the wider benefits it has on society? We are working with county sports partnerships (CSPs) across the country to help the nation understand how beneficial Coaching Can be.

Coaching Can is a nationwide campaign to champion the wider benefits of coaching on society. These benefits include physical well-being, mental well-being, individual development, social development and economic development.

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport, acquiring, improving and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement. Over time, it has been proven that coaching means much more than that.

Coaching Can help address a number of health issues. Often, people need a catalyst to take part in physical activity, and willpower alone isn’t always enough. Around 60% of adults are overweight or obese, and 60% of adults play no sport. Of those currently not playing sport, 40% say coaching would encourage them to play.

Coaching can lead to an increase in physical activity which in turn, has a significant effect on primary pupils’ academic achievement in maths, reading and writing. In secondary pupils, performance in sport has a positive association with higher GCSE scores in maths and English.

These are just a few of the benefits Coaching Can help deliver, and there are many more.

On launching the campaign, Mark Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of Sports Coach UK, said: “Everyone knows that physical activity is good for them. It’s also enjoyable and fun to take part in, and given the chance, most would like to do more. Sometimes, the desire to do something isn’t enough, and some people need a bit of a nudge from contemplation to action. Coaching Can be this nudge.

“Coaching Can have an impact on society. Coaching Can make a difference. Coaching Can help and inspire people to achieve their goals.”

Find out more about the benefits Coaching Can bring to society via the campaign website:

Understand the benefits and want to get involved in coaching? Find out how via the Sports Coach UK website:

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