Support For Coaches

Working in Partnership with the University of Portsmouth/UP for Sport

'Positive Behaviour Management in Sport'


UP for Sport

The UP for Sport scheme establishes routes for staff and students of the University of Portsmouth to share their existing sporting skills by setting up appropriate volunteer coaching opportunities. The scheme aims to use the coaching potential of students to benefit and build links with the local community, and increase sporting opportunity both within the University and beyond.


Many attendees of this workshop were sports development students about to embark on work placements. These placements mostly take place in schools or sports clubs with young people and are often the first time the students have been in charge of a whole class.


The University wanted to further equip its students with the skills to handle groups of children, prior to the placements. The University organised the ‘Positive Behaviour Management in Sport’ workshop and ran it with 15 attendees.


The University found the workshop was very beneficial to its students. It equipped them with techniques to use when handling a class of children, and gave them the tools to help them manage the behaviour of a group should any difficult situations arise. The University found it was pitched at the right level for the attendees and was also specific when addressing students’ needs. In particular, it gave students the opportunity to talk through potential scenarios and to raise any questions they may have had. The tutor was on-hand to talk about specific topics and make the content relevant to the attendees. As a result, the University planned in more workshops for the rest of the year.

‘I would recommend other organisations organise “Positive Behaviour Management in Sport” as it gave our students knowledge outside of traditional coaching qualifications, which was extremely valuable. Crucially, it gave them the opportunity to reflect on their coaching styles and the impact on their participants.’

Charlotte Doyle, Senior Sports Development Officer,
University of Portsmouth/UP for Sport

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