Coaching in the UK

Disability Coaching: Inspire This Generation Conference

Mon, 16 Jul 2012

Sport coaches from across Yorkshire and surrounding areas were united on Saturday 14 July 2012 for a unique experience at the regions first Disability Sports Coaching Conference entitled ‘Disability Coaching; Inspire this Generation Conference’. 

The event was all pulled together by South Yorkshire Sport heavily supported by sports coach UK. This Disability Coaching; Inspire This Generation Conference is a small part of their current programme which profiles a county wide mentoring programme for disability sport with over 45 coaches signed up to be either; a mentor offering significant experience, knowledge and skills in disability or inclusive sport; or as mentees, eager to build their knowledge making changes in their clubs or to their athlete support service.

Karen Lewis-Archer kicked started the day sharing her exceptional career highlights including medalling at multiple world and European athletics events through the 1990’s and 2000’s, whilst being a part of the Sydney Paralympics team. Karen enlightened the 40 strong audience of sport coaches, varying from grassroots to elite backgrounds about her key tips for life as an athlete. The most truthful, spoken from the heart analogy for the coaches to take away is the three P’s – also known as ‘Positive Pom-pom People’ who she describes as the people in life that motivate you, cheer you on and inspire you to success.

Karen related the three P’s to her coaches and athlete support team and had the delegates thinking about who their Positive Pom-pom People are in life.  The sport coaches progressed to two further workshops. The first session was delieverd by Alison Tootill, Head of P.E teacher at a S.E.N School and specialist in inclusive school sport. To open the session, coaches had their senses pushed to the limits whilst experiencing information overload- A feeling often encountered by children and adults alike with additional needs.

Ian Leather completed the trio of facilitators for the day. Ian embarked on a career change in 2005 and his since progressed on to become the England Team Manager for the England Moderate Learning Disability Cricket Team. He delivered a workshop looking at pathways for disabled people in sport and what potential barriers coaches could help their participants overcome. All three facilitators have first-hand, practical experience of the areas they were highlighting in the event, ensuring it was an engaging and practically informative event.

For further details on the conference or the Disability Coaching; Inspire This generation programme as a whole, please contact Michelle Dent at South Yorkshire Sport on: [email protected] or telephone: 0114 223 5680.


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