Support For Coaches

Working in Partnership with Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire (CSW) Sport

‘Coaching Children (5-12)’

Organisation

CSW Sport logoCSW Sport is one of six sub-regional county sports partnerships (CSPs) in the West Midlands. The partnership covers the sub-region of Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire and is made up of organisations that include seven local authorities, school sports partnerships, governing bodies of sport, Volunteer Centres and the Youth Sport Trust. Andy Doodson is the Workforce Development Officer.

Background

Through workshops, such as those provided by UK Coaching, CSW Sport aim to promote their coach education offer to help develop and improve as many of their area’s coaches as they can. They are always looking out for courses that can complement their existing programme.

Solution

Coaching Children (5-12)*’ was a workshop on a subject area their current programme didn’t cover. It was age-specific and, as Andy notes, there aren’t currently too many courses like this out there, which made it a standout addition to their offer. Concentrating on the ‘C’ system of coaching children (connection, confidence, character and caring, creativity, and competence), it gave their coaches the chance to reconsider the emphasis of their coaching and learn in a practical environment. Andy stresses the importance and value of coaches getting to work with young people across a wide range of ages and being able to review their own performance as a coach. This is then reflected in how they work with the individuals they are coaching.

Results

Over the last two years, CSW Sport have received positive feedback from their network of coaches about the workshops they’ve organised, and ‘Coaching Children (5-12)’ was no different. 

As a result of organising this workshop, more of the area’s coaches were given the opportunity to become upskilled, and gain more information about different approaches to coaching and ways they can develop. In particular, the real benefit was that it allowed coaches to look at their own practices, their own styles of coaching and to see how it affected the development of the children they coach. In addition, the supporting resource they could take home really was useful in helping them put their learning into practice.

'UK Coaching workshop tutors are very informative, professional and knowledgeable, and promote good practice. It really is about good practice – new and fresh ideas, looking at coaching in a different way. I would have no hesitation in recommending this workshop.'

Andy Doodson, CSW Sport

*This workshop was formerly called 'Coaching the Whole Child: Positive Development Through Sport'.

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