Working in Partnership with Lincolnshire Sports Partnership
Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is one of 49 Sport England funded county sports partnerships (CSPs). It works with a variety of partners, including governing bodies of sport, local authorities, schools, the NHS, sports clubs and participants, to manage and coordinate programmes and events that encourage people to keep active.
The CSP’s main aim is to increase participation in sport and physical activity across the county, with its commitment being reflected in its ‘Inspiration to Participation’ strategy. It sees coaching as central to its efforts to increase participation, viewing it as vital not only for it to ensure coaches in all areas of its region meet the minimum standards for active coaches, but also that they are constantly provided with high quality continuing personal development (CPD) opportunities to develop their coaching.
Workforce Development Manager Tom Armstrong was aware of UK Coaching through its reputation as the central agency responsible for developing coaching in the country.
Workshops he selected for the CSP’s annual coach education programme included:
- An Introduction to the FUNdamentals of Movement
- FUNdamentals of Agility
- FUNdamentals of Balance
- FUNdamentals of Coordination
- Equity in Your Coaching
- Positive Behaviour Management in Sport
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2: Reflecting on Practice.
These were identified as ideal CPD opportunities that would provide his region’s coaches with the chance to gain knowledge and skills that they might not necessarily pick up while achieving their sport-specific coaching qualifications. The organisation felt that, sometimes, coaches rush past learning about some of the basics of coaching. That’s why it viewed the ‘FUNdamentals of Movement’ series of workshops in particular as a great chance for coaches to develop, giving them the opportunity to learn about the key skills that underpin the majority of sports.
The workshops are always positively received, with coaches enjoying the interactive and practical nature of some of them. Delegates also like the fact that they receive a supporting resource to take away once the workshop is complete. The tutors always deliver the workshops to a very high standard, and as a consequence, the CSP will continue to include UK Coaching workshops in its annual coach education programme.
'UK Coaching has a proven track record of delivering high quality workshops. They are central to our coach education programme, playing an important part in our efforts to make the coaching workforce for the region more rounded. The feedback we get from delegates is very positive, the resources are excellent, and we always get a positive response about the tutors right across the broad range of titles we run.'
Tom Armstrong, Workforce Development Manager