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Coach Learning Framework

Coaching is more than just making participants better performers. It's about supporting them to be better people and better performers. The insight-based Coach Learning Framework helps coaches grow and develop their coaching knowledge and their confidence to deliver great sessions. It equips coaches with a toolkit of skills to enable them to support participants and enhance their enjoyment and performance in sport and physical activity.

UK Coaching, along with more than 80 coaching experts from around the world, examined the foundations that make up a high-quality coaching environment that is packed with great learning experiences, to determine exactly what people need to be successful, as well as the skills, qualities and behaviours a coach needs to provide to support them.

The insight-based Coach Learning Framework is a holistic approach towards coaching that is person-centred, long-term focused, and based on the understanding of what development means both for the coach and their participants.

It's made up of nine themes:

  1. Understanding Self
  2. Understanding the Individual
  3. Understanding Your Environment
  4. Understanding Your Coaching Practice
  5. Athletic Development and Physical Preparation
  6. Lifestyle Health and Well-being
  7. Relationships
  8. Skill Acquisition
  9. Sports Psychology

These can be used as a framework to help all levels of coaches learn how to deliver great coaching experiences for all, regardless of the sport – football, cricket, rugby, hockey, netball etc – or physical activity you coach in.

Themes

The links below provide you with the key information, as well as access to more guides, opinion articles, videos, webinars, templates and podcasts that will give you a deeper understanding of the areas and the pillars within them.

While you explore each of the themes separately, there are connections between them all. For example, how can you maximise the experience for people if you don't understand the individuals you coach, the environment you work in, or the fundamentals of your coaching practice?

Regardless of where you are on your coaching journey or the environment in which you coach, use this framework to navigate your development.

Understanding Self

Understand yourself to maximise your capabilities

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Understanding the Individual

Understand your participant's motivations, character and personality

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Understanding Your Environment

Understand your context to maximise your capabilities 

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Understanding Your Coaching Practice

Develop your practice to enhance the learning experience

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Athletic Development and Physical Preparation

Learn how to develop and enhance physical capabilities

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Lifestyle Health and Well-being

Develop your practice to support each person

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Relationships

Develop and deepen your relationships to evolve your coaching

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Skill Acquisition

Apply skill acquisition principles to develop long-term improvements in participant performance

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Sports Psychology

Use the principles of sport psychology to maximise individual potential

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Guides to Help you Explore the Themes

Highlighting the connection and importance of holistic development. Each guide – exclusive to UK Coaching Subscribers – is packed with practical tips, ideas and the key learning you’ll need to start putting what you learn into practice.

Understanding Self

Understanding the Individual

Understanding Your Environment

Understanding Your Coaching Practice

Skill Acquisition

Athletic Development and Physical Preparation

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Lifestyle Health and Well-being

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Relationships

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Sports Psychology

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