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21 Nov 2019 28

Spreading great coaching internationally

UK Coaching and 1st4sport are gaining international exposure, as existing and new overseas coaches are upskilled through their workshops and qualifications.

UK Coaching tutors and licensed partners Chris Lovell and Ian Knox ran Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops in Serbia and Saudi Arabia respectively, helping coaches in those countries to recognise poor practice and the red flags of abuse, whilst 1st4sport’s Level 1 Award for Activators (Multi Skills) was delivered to coaches in Ningbo, China.

The University of Nottingham has a campus in China and they worked with us to deliver the qualification,” said UK Coaching Relationship Manager Vicki Putson.

“Originally, we were approached by their director of sport, who wanted to assess the feasibility of giving Chinese and international students in Ningbo access to UK training and qualifications. After orientating one of their members of staff, whilst he was in the UK, he delivered the full course out there in March 2019.” 

Commitment to safeguarding

As head of coaching, and training development manager at the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), Lovell delivered UK Coaching’s NSPCC endorsed Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop during this year’s European Billiards and Snooker Association Championships in Serbia.

As part of WPBSA’s commitment to safeguarding children and adults at risk, we incorporated UK Coaching’s safeguarding children workshop within all our snooker coaching qualifications,” said Lovell. 

“The international group, which was made up of over 20 people from 11 countries, rated the course as an excellent experience and well worth attending as the majority had never had any safeguarding training previously.”

UK Coaching brand is highly valued

Coachwise (the trading arm of UK Coaching) Workshop Products Manager Sarah Milner believes the interest comes from an international respect towards British qualifications.

“The UK Coaching ‘badge’ is highly valued to overseas learners.

“My understanding is that there aren’t as many coach continuing professional development opportunities or at least they are not as easily accessible. And so, overseas partners have sought us out; or partners based in the UK but who are working overseas have taken our content out with them and delivered it under licence.”

Becoming a Licensed Workshop Partner allows organisations with a tutor workforce or individual tutors to deliver UK Coaching’s workshops to coaches. The raison d’etre behind the scheme is so its learning products can be used to help coaches in the UK, and internationally, be the best they can be.

Find out more about how to become a Licensed Workshop Partner.