Coaching in the UK

Revamped Coaching in Primary School Portal Launched by Minister and British Athlete

Tue, 10 Mar 2015

sports coach UK, with the support of national partners (Sport England, DfE, Youth Sport Trust, afPE, the CSPN and Compass) has revamped the Coaching in Primary Schools Portal following recommendations from schools across England. 

This was formally launched today at Berrymede Junior School in Acton, West London by Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson and British athlete Bianca Williams.

The Portal is a free to access resource for schools identifying a need for coaching through the Primary PE and Sport Premium. With just a couple of clicks, Head Teachers and PE Leads can find all the information they require to effectively and sustainably recruit and deploy a coach in their school.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:

“We want all primary school children to play and enjoy sport, so they keep up the healthy habit for life. Our PE and Sports Premium is helping to transform PE lessons – and enabling schools to hire extra coaches, buy new equipment and run free after school classes. I am delighted to launch a new sports coach website for schools and take part in the guidance films – to give headteachers advice on how to make good use of coaches."

Bianca Williams, who joined the Minister on the visit today, said: 

“PE and school sport isn’t just about nurturing future champions. It’s about building the fundamental movement skills that enable young people to take part in physical activity and find something to inspire them for an active life. PE and sport have also given me a range of skills which I can apply in other aspects of my life – teamwork, communication, resilience and the ability to persevere when things go wrong. So it’s vital that we get it right in primary schools.”

John Driscoll, executive director of sports coach UK, said:

“We’re pleased that the majority of primary schools are using specialist sports coaches to support their teachers in the delivery of PE and sport. We know that identifying, recruiting and deploying the right coach is a tough task. The Coaching in Schools Portal is a free source of objective advice on everything head teachers and PE subject leaders need to recruit and deploy coaches to support their staff, effectively and sustainably.”

Research has shown that nine out of ten schools have already improved the quality of their PE lessons as a result of the funding – and more than 90% reported improvements in children’s health, behaviour and lifestyle.

sports coach UK has also supported Sport England on the development of a series of film clips, featuring Children’s Minister, Edward Timpson MP.  The films detail how schools can maximise the impact and sustainability of the Primary PE and Sport Premium and will be available on the Coaching in Primary Schools Portal from 11 March 2015.

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