Coaching in the UK

Croydon youngsters motivated by Sports Coach UK workshop at Gillette Great Starts initiative

Tue, 08 Nov 2016

Participants use technology in coaching workshop. Sports Coach UK was part of the Gillette Great Starts initiative held at Croydon Powerleague 5-a-side pitches on 6 November.

The all-day event was a collaborative effort from leading organisations in the sports industry, who delivered educational workshops to groups of young people aged 16-25, in between a well contested 5-a-side tournament. The overall purpose was to nurture and develop the interests and skills of young people by bringing them a taste of the broad types of career opportunities that exist within the sports industry.

Sports Coach UK was part of a trio of representatives running unique and fun-filled workshops on the day, alongside Sky’s Gillette Soccer Saturday, who gave a rundown of production techniques and sports marketing company Hill+Knowlton, who showcased their sports campaigns.

Sports Coach UK staff Sian Foley and Ollie Holt presented an innovative look at how coaching can be combined with technology to make it a current and viable employment option, as well as discussing with participants how coaching can transform lives.

“Coaching is developing me as a person.”

Destiny Nwadialor-O’Connor was one participant who was already feeling the benefits of coaching through her Outreach Worker role with BigKids foundation – a youth charity dedicated to helping young people in London.

“Coaching is an alternative to playing football; I can still do something I love and help other people at the same time.

“I actually notice how coaching is developing me as a person a lot, as it interlinks with everyday life. I have to practise a lot of things such as patience and tolerance, because I know not everyone is going to be able to get things first time,” said Destiny.

Shared passion, something new.

Partipants give presentation at Sports Coach UK workshop.Recruiting players for the 5-a-side tournament and workshops was football education charity Football Beyond Borders. Its founder Jasper Kain was glad to be involved in getting people together through a shared passion and to show them something new.

“This is a great way of bringing people together, using their passion for football and opening them up to other opportunities.

“For me, coaching in its broadest sense is facilitating another person’s learning. It combines both teaching and mentoring, usually through shared activity. A big part of it is having effective role models that are reliable, consistent and able to support the development of another person. But it’s a reciprocal relationship; it’s not just about this kind of instructor who’s giving knowledge to the young person, it’s always a two way process and actually coaches can learn a lot from the participants,” said Jasper.

Gillette Great Starts first launched in 2012, with the main focus on the pivotal role coaches play in professional sports and inspiring coaches to get involved. Andras Papp, Gillette & Venus Brand Communication EIMEA said:

“I know very well how important coaching figures are for kids. They can guide you in certain moments, be a role model; can teach you and give you advice. Kids sometimes spend more time with their coaches than with their families, so having a good coach who’s experienced, well trained and top of their job is very important.

“I think Sports Coach UK is a great partner for us because your expertise and your people working around the country do exactly this.”

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