Coaching in the UK

The John Lewis Partner Coaching Programme Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Fri, 27 Jul 2012

The John Lewis Partnership (JLP): Partners in Sport Programme will leave a positive coaching legacy, helping to meet Government targets regarding increasing the number of grassroots coaches in the UK.

The Programme, developed in conjunction with sports coach UK and launched in 2008, provided support to JLP Partners (employees) wishing to get into sports coaching. The initiative allowed them to acquire lifetime qualifications, the opportunity to give something back to their local community, and develop skills that can be transferred to the workplace.

Successes include:

  • More than 600 Partners have qualified as sports coaches, providing over 84,000 hours of support to local communities
  • 80 per cent of Partners engaged in sports coaching say they have been able to transfer the skills they have learnt in the coaching environment to the workplace
  • Two thirds (60 per cent) of Partners think that professional skills can be developed through coaching
  • One quarter (26 per cent) feel they have developed a greater ability to evaluate their own and others’ workplace performance by taking part in a sports coaching qualification

Tony Byrne, CEO of sports coach UK commented: “sports coach UK is delighted to have been a key part in the delivery of this successful John Lewis Partners in Sport programme which has resulted in more than 2000 coach education opportunities being accessed and over 84,000 sports coaching hours being put into local communities across the UK. Initiatives like this not only have a real lasting impact on all the individuals involved but also help to increase appropriately qualified coaches, leaving a legacy in the wider community.”

Sam Abrey, Coaching Programme Manager at sports coach UK commented:“Coaching sport is such a rewarding activity and this programme enables Partners to experience the challenge and pleasure in helping others to develop and improve, as well as becoming part of the sporting community themselves. The Programme ensures Partners are fully supported as they develop key transferable skills to gain a coaching qualification.”

There have been many success stories including Chris Manning, Assistant Registrar at John Lewis Reading, who with the help of the Partners in sport programme is now a level 1 hockey coach, working with under 12s and comments “I took my level 1 umpire qualification and this helped me understand the game a bit more. Then Partners in Sport gave me the opportunity, the focus, and the final urge to do something about getting a coaching qualification.”

The John Lewis Partnership’s Partners in Sport Programme also offered two additional elements to Partners; ‘Succeeding in Sport’, which involved providing financial support and advice to Partners, or their close family members, who were competing at a national level or above in their chosen sport and ‘Discovering Sport’ which encouraged Partners to bid for funding for team or group events, activities or equipment.

To view more detail about the programme and other success stories please click here


Add to My Folder