Working in Partnership with South Yorkshire Sport
UK Coaching workshops
South Yorkshire Sport helps to link sporting opportunities and programmes with local sporting structures to improve the range of opportunities for the people of South Yorkshire to participate in high quality sport and physical activity.
Workforce Development Officer Simon Pugh and his team at South Yorkshire Sport focus on training and upskilling the existing workforce, which includes volunteers and coaches. They ask coaches for feedback, including what their development requirements are and how they want to progress.
Simon reviews the feedback from the coaches and volunteers to ascertain what their needs are and creates a 6–12-month workshop programme based on their requirements and requests. This includes essential workshops, such as ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’, but also additional workshops that he feels would also benefit the workforce.
One such workshop was 'Coaching the Young Developing Performer', which South Yorkshire Sport ran for the first time last year. The Workforce Development Team had some funding available to them, for use on coaching development, so they were able to subsidise the workshop for coaches.
The feedback from the workshop was good; it enabled the coaches to get together, share ideas and learn from each other. They also liked having a mixture of coaches from different sports attend the workshops as they were able to bring a variety of experiences with them.
Simon has found that the workshop programme really complements the package of development that they offer to all coaches, which, along with the workshops, includes coaching clinics, mini-conferences and masterclasses. The workshops tend to encourage the coaches’ progression or interest in an area, which is then followed up through the clinics and classes to continue the development.
'I would definitely recommend UK Coaching's workshops. I think it’s vital to get coaches together for peer-to-peer learning, and the workshops are a great way of enabling this.'
Simon Pugh, Workforce Development Officer, South Yorkshire Sport