Coaching in the UK

sports coach UK welcomes the new sports strategy

Thu, 17 Dec 2015

As the lead agency for coaching sport and physical activity, sports coach UK welcomes the publication of Sporting Future, the Government’s new Strategy for an Active Nation. Having contributed our expertise to the consultation, we are excited about the strategy’s breadth and opportunities.

The UK’s coaching workforce, both paid and volunteer, has a pivotal role to play in ensuring that the bold ambitions of the strategy can be achieved. Great coaching leads to great sporting and physical activity experiences. This in turn leads to more people playing and enjoying sport and physical activity more often.

Commenting on the new strategy, sports coach UK CEO Dr Tony Byrne said:

"We know the positive effects that sport and physical activity have on health and wellbeing, and we know that coaching:

  • improves enjoyment of sport and physical activity
  • maintains engagement with the sport/activity over longer periods of time
  • encourages people to start playing sport by providing a safe and friendly environment
  • improves fitness and develops skills
  • addresses or combats common mental health issues such as stress and depression
  • provides life skills for children and builds lifelong connections to sport.

"In short, great coaching supports every one of the five key outcomes1 of the new Government strategy and we look forward to working across Government departments and with our existing and new partners to achieve the goals of the strategy.

"We have consistently worked on the basis that encouraging sport and physical activity from a young age is vital in creating healthy active lifestyles. We therefore welcome the DCMS decision to extend Sport England’s age remit to start with children aged five.

"Similarly, we welcome the broader scope of activities included within the strategy and the principle of targeting those groups which have previously been inactive. Our challenge is to ensure that the 2,000,000+ people who will make this happen have the required skills and attitudes to reach a much wider audience.

"It is no coincidence that Reach, our recently launched campaign to encourage more women into coaching, has ambitions stretching 10 years ahead. In the same way, we know that the traditional stereotype of a sports coach is inappropriate in reaching some of the new groups targeted within the strategy.

"sports coach UK is committed to:

  • realise the potential of coaching
  • re-imagine the coaching landscape
  • drive thought leadership
  • drive the national debate and awareness
  • re-engineer the business.

Coaching needs to change and we’re ready to lead that change."

1 physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social/community development, economic development.

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