Working in Partnership with Active Norfolk
UK Coaching workshops
Active Norfolk works with Norfolk’s local authorities, NHS Norfolk and Waveney, and Sport England to increase participation in sport and physical activity in the area, as well as aiming to provide a single source of activity information for players, organisers, supporters and media.
With the help of his team, Ian Grange, Coaching and Development Manager at Active Norfolk, runs the coaching development programme, which includes organising workshops and coordinating Coach Education Week.
As part of its annual workshop programme, Active Norfolk regularly runs the ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ and ‘Equity in Your Coaching’ workshops. In order to promote and encourage attendance at workshops that aren’t minimum standard requirements, it runs an annual Coach Education Week. This takes place in April each year, during the second week of the Easter holidays, and features workshops such as ‘Positive Behaviour Management in Sport’, ‘An Introduction to Long-term Athlete Development’and ‘An Introduction to the FUNdamentals of Movement’, along with first aid courses and governing body of sport coaching courses, including Level 1 awards.
The workshops that are included in Coach Education Week vary from year to year and are selected using knowledge of what’s worked previously in the area, along with requests that have been received from local clubs and coaches.
To promote the workshops that will take place during Coach Education Week, Ian and his team use social media, including Facebook and Twitter, emailers and their coaching magazine, Coaches’ Voice, which is sent out to 3000 coaches.
The feedback from the workshops is always positive. As Ian explains, ‘The feedback was really great. Coaches really like the fact that, in one week, they can access such a range of workshops and learn new skills around topics such as athlete development and multi-skills development.’ Ian has found the workshops easy to arrange and with excellent tutors.
"I would definitely recommend UK Coaching workshops to other county sports partnerships. Not only do they help us deliver our Sport England coaching objectives, but without a doubt, they develop our coaches, providing them with a baseline of theory and practice from which they can grow and develop further."
Ian Grange, Coaching and Development Manager, Active Norfolk