Coaching in the UK

sports coach UK supports the government's new Sporting Future strategy at latest workshop

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

A team of researchers from the Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure (ISPAL), together with Sports Coach UK staff and event facilitator Marina Goldrick, has hosted the second of four workshops at Leeds Beckett University on addressing organisational culture in sports coaching. The aim of these workshops is to help national governing bodies (NGBs) to make their coaches feel valued and supported and to recruit a more diverse workforce.

Representatives from British Cycling, Rugby League, the LTA, Basketball England, The FA and England Netball were all in attendance. The research team from Leeds Beckett University led by Dr Leanne Norman explained: “All delegates have operational responsibility for coaching within their respective NGBs, for example Heads of Coaching, and so are in a position to enact change.

"It is an innovative and evidence-based programme which will improve both organisational and personal development in preparing NGBs to be responsive to the Government's new Sporting Future strategy. We were invited to lead this workshop series based on recognition of the groundbreaking work we lead here in ISPAL on the culture of coaching and organisations; it will cement an excellent working relationship between ourselves, Sports Coach UK and the invited NGBs”

The programme represents a ground-breaking initiative for the UK. The partnership itself is a unique working relationship and promises to have direct impact on the working practices due to the research from ISPAL on gender equality in coaching, wellbeing and coaching, equity and diversity in sports leadership, and programme evaluation.

Dr Mariana Kaiseler, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Beckett University, stressed the value of the workshops: “It is crucial that sports organisations implement best practices that promote development opportunities and wellbeing among the coaching workforce. The evidence suggests that coaches have high engagement levels and sense of identity in their job. This workforce is extremely passionate about what they do, and such a high intrinsic motivation is very rare to be found across other professions. Therefore, it is key that sports organisations value the coaching workforce commitment and promote the right environment, support and guidance to compliment their development wellbeing.”

Workshop two opened with a review of what delegates had learned about themselves and their organisation and the day's sessions focussed on defining your workforce, analysing whether you meet their core needs and the exploration into the topic of well-being.

Dave Rotheram, Head of Coach Development at the RFL said, “The key take-home from me is that we have such a big diverse workforce across rugby league, both professional and voluntary, who all have different needs. We need to react accordingly, listen to them and their wants and needs in order to help them to create positive environments and cultures for players of all abilities to thrive.”

Workshops three and four will take place on October 19 and November 23 respectively at Leeds Beckett University. Repeated set of workshops one and two will be taking place on September 20 and 21. If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact Dr Leanne Norman or Katherine Taylor.

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