Support For Coaches

Working in Partnership with Wesport

UK Coaching workshops


Wesport logoWesport (West of England Sports Trust) is an organisation dedicated to increasing, promoting, supporting and celebrating lifelong participation in sport and physical activity across West England, by empowering organisations in key areas.


The main focus for Richard Colman, Wesport’s Coaching Development Manager, is to ensure that Wesport produces and develops high-quality coaches. One way in which he achieves this is by using UK Coaching's workshops.


One of the areas that Wesport focuses its efforts is around performance coaches, club coaches who work with first teams and county, and regional and higher-level coaches.

The programme features core workshops including ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ and ‘Equity in Your Coaching’. Richard and his team also aim to include a non-core workshop on the programme each month. Workshops that have run in the past include 'Coaching the Young Developing Performer' and 'An Introduction to Long-term Athlete Development'.

Coaching the Whole Child: Positive Development Through Sport*’ was recently run as part of the Coaching Development programme. It was included as it gave the coaches the opportunity to learn more about the science and theory behind child development, and highlighted how the coaches can measure what they should be looking for in terms of child development.


The feedback from all the workshops is always very good; in particular for ‘Coaching the Whole Child: Positive Development Through Sport’ where 15 coaches attended and all were extremely positive about it. The feedback on the tutor, who was able to give practical, real-life examples, was especially good. He demonstrated how the coaches can apply the theory and incorporate it into their coaching sessions.

'I thought “Coaching the Whole Child: Positive Development Through Sport” was really beneficial for the coaches to attend – the resources were brilliant and the tutor was excellent. The workshop's combination of science theory, along with the practical examples, has given the coaches the tools to help them develop young performers.'

Richard Colman, Coaching Development Manager, Wesport

*This workshop is now formally known as Coaching Children (5-12): The Next Generation

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