Coaching in the UK

Coaching plan for England launched

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

Sport England launched the Coaching Plan for England at the UK Coaching Awards on 29 November. The following release announced the plan:

A warm welcome, jargon-free communication and a relaxed environment are all part of our new plan to bring the benefits of good coaching to everybody.

The full report can be accessed here

Coaching in an Active Nation: The Coaching Plan for England aims to shake up the way we think about and deliver coaching.

With figures showing a third all of people who don't play sport say that a coach would encourage them to start, redefining what it means to coach is one of the important first steps.

Good coaches inspire people to get active and stay active – and, importantly, good coaching is good for everyone.

Time for a rethink
Whether it's guiding people who are dipping their toes into sport and activity for the first time, accompanying others on a journey of improvement or supporting talented athletes, coaches help individuals progress faster and further than they could on their own.

While the current fantastic work of the coaching community shouldn't be undervalued, the need for a coaching rethink is clear.

17% of qualified coaches are female.
With 37 per cent of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people playing sport once a week but only five per cent of qualified coaches being from BAME backgrounds, making coaches more reflective of the customers they serve is a priority.

Likewise, only 17 per cent of qualified coaches are female, but almost one in three women play sport and get active regularly.

Phil Smith, Sport England Director of Sport, said: "Connecting with people, understanding their needs and tailoring support to create the best experience for them is where the future of coaching lies.

"We want to support the coaching world to broaden the definition of what a coach is and I think they're up for the challenge. We value coaches and their ability to nurture, encourage and support. These attributes need to be a central plank of what it means to be a coach."

Creating opportunities
It's vital now more than ever that we create excellent experiences that will attract new people into sport and activity – and keep them coming back.

Developed following consultation with coaches, coach educators and national governing bodies of sport, The Coaching Plan for England will see:

  • The recruitment of 1,000 new apprentice coaches
  • Review of current coaching qualifications to bring new skills into the sector, improve delivery and ensure more coaches are safe to practise
  • The creation of a more diverse network of coaches, better able to engage under-represented groups
  • New digital ways of learning coaching skills to attract a broader range of people into the role.

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