Coaching in the UK

Para Coaches are Everyday Heroes and you could be too

Wed, 07 Sep 2016

As the world turns its attention to the Rio 2016 Paralympic games, sports coach UK is continuing its Everyday Heroes campaign to raise the profile of coaches and coaching at all levels of sport and physical activity in the UK.

Whilst Paralympic and Olympic stars and the coaches behind them are currently in the media spotlight there are many Everyday Heroes across the country who rarely, if ever, receive such attention for their achievements.

Around 1.3 million coaches provide coaching to more than 7 million people across the UK while 81% of participants state that coaching improves their enjoyment of sport.

Everyday Heroes logoWhile the performers in Rio are at the top of their game, our Everyday Heroes coach and lead the whole spectrum of participants. It’s not just about acquiring skills, it’s about helping and inspiring all people to achieve their sport and activity goals, whatever their ability, ambition and motivation.

One of these heroes is Mohammed Salim Patel, a visually impaired cricket coach from Blackburn.

Mohammed said: “I may be blind but I have a vision and I want to share that vision with the people I work with. If I can do that through coaching by showing people that anything is possible then that is my job done.”

“Because I am also visually impaired I can relate to the questions and queries that the people I coach have. I always put myself in their shoes first and then as myself as a coach.”

Mark Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of sports coach UK said "Coaches are key to inspiring participation at all levels of sport and we need to raise the profile of both coaches and coaching across sport and physical activity.

“The Everyday Heroes campaign is a great way of celebrating coaches at all levels of sport and physical activity while encouraging potential coaches to get involved as it is a great way of giving something back.”

Read the full story of Mohammed and many other coaches via the campaign website Share your thoughts and personal stories using #CoachingHeroes via social media.

Feeling inspired by the Everyday Heroes stories? Find out how you can get involved in coaching sport or physical activity at

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