Coaching in the UK

PRO-ACTIVE South London launch Coaching Pledge

Tue, 02 Aug 2011

PRO-ACTIVE South London has launched ''The Coaches Pledge'' - an Inspire Marked project as part of its contribution to the Olympic Legacy.

Coaches are being asked to pledge at least one hour of free coaching to clubs, community organisations and individuals in London from now until the 30 September 2012, the closing of the Paralympic games.

A target of 2012 hours of new coaching activity has been set and it is hoped the Pledge will increase participation in sport and physical activity. The initiative also aims to raise awareness of the role of coaches and the impact coaching can have on the health and wellbeing of others.

Coaches that pledge 10 hours or more will receive a gold standard, five hours or more a silver standard, and one hour a bronze standard.

Coaches who take the Coaches Pledge will also be in with a chanceto feature in 'Coaching Masterclass' sessions with some high-profile coaches who have also taken the Coaches Pledge!

Brian Thomas, Coaching & Workforce Manager at PRO-ACTIVE South London said: “Coaches have the chance to be part of the legacy of the London 2012 games. They can inspire others to get involved and stay involved in sport and maybe encourage others to be coaches themselves. This is an opportunity to really make a difference.”

How can you make a Pledge?

You can complete a copy of the pledge form and email through a copy or post to:

Brian Thomas, PRO-ACTIVE South London, 4th Floor Central Library, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET

Alternatively you can pledge online

You can also visit here (you will need to log in first!), LIKE the page, and then upload your video to show your support for the Olympic Legacy! 

Remember to include your name, coaching qualification, local area and how many hours you would like to pledge!

To make a Pledge you must be:

  • at least 18 years old and
  • hold the appropriate national governing body qualification enabling you to lead a coaching session unsupervised

or

  • at least 16 years old and
  • hold the appropriate national governing body qualification enabling you to work as a coaching assistant under the direction/supervision of a lead coach

You must also

  • have appropriate insurance to coach or be covered by the organisation or individual for which you will be coaching
  • have an enhanced CRB chack if you are coaching children or vulnerable adults

Pledge coaches should also, where appropriate, have attended or be willing to attend in the future Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Equity in Your Coaching and Coaching Disabled Participants courses.  

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