Coaching in the UK

sports coach UK welcomes Sport England investment

Fri, 01 Feb 2013

sports coach UK welcomes Sport England’s announcement of £5million investment in the organisation over the next two years and says it shows the importance placed on coaching.

sports coach UK CEO Tony Byrne said: “We’re delighted that Sport England continues to recognise the critical role played by sports coach UK in providing technical leadership in coaching across sport.

“This investment will support our work with governing bodies of sport, county sports partnership and other partners to improve the quality of coaching in England.

“We recognise that coaching is integral to the success of many of the programmes initiated by Sport England, and we look forward to working even more closely with Sport England staff to achieve our shared goals.”

sports coach UK Chair Chris Baillieu added: “The investment from Sport England makes a strong statement about the importance of coaching at all levels in increasing participation, retention and performance.

“During the next two years we will continue to work with our partners towards the goal of excellent coaching, every time for everyone.”


Notes to Editors
Sport England has invested in sports coach UK to work in four areas:

  • Working with individual governing bodies of sport to put in place strong support for the development of coaches, both within grassroots sport and to support talented young athletes
  • Supporting county sports partnerships to build effective local coaching networks
  • Increasing the supply of high-quality and appropriate coach education and development opportunities
  • Using research to develop and share insight to support the development of coaching and coaches.

sports coach UK is the central agency for coaching. The vision of the organisation is excellent coaching, every time for everyone. To realise this vision, sports coach UK supports UK partners to recruit, develop and retain coaches to achieve their participation and performance goals (in the context of the UK Coaching Framework).

Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life. We will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

  • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • Nurture and develop talent
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities.


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