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UK Coaching Team

Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation

Reinvigorate your approach to coaching children

Our newly-updated workshop incorporates the latest research on essential topics that are intrinsic in the coaching of children between the ages of 5 and 12.

This is an exciting chance for you to reconsider the emphasis of your coaching and enhance the experience of your young participants.

You will explore:

  • motivation: why children turn up and what they want from coaching sessions
  • coaching environment: how you can create a safe space for children to explore and learn
  • play: the importance of play and how you can plan and deliver fun activities that children will love and keep coming back to take part in.

To help you understand how your coaching fits into a much wider agenda than sport, you will:

  • learn a mix of traditional and contemporary models of coaching based on the development of participants’ technical, tactical, physical, mental and social competencies
  • take a detailed look at the ‘C’ system of coaching to equip you with new tools to improve your soft and personal skills.
  • be introduced to the principles of Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), cognitive considerations for coaching 5-12 year olds and understanding the importance of child physiology.
  • learn fun and innovative practical techniques for keeping children engaged to blend with the pioneering academic theory.

You will receive a digital copy of Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation to guide you in your future coaching.

The comprehensive 64-page resource includes sections on:

  • What is the holistic coaching of children?
  • Why do we need to consider physical development?
  • The importance of pedagogy, creativity and self-reflection.
  • How age impacts on the joints, cardiovascular system, aerobic and anaerobic training, strength training, plyometric training, flexibility and mobility.
  • Injury considerations and the importance of nutrition and hydration.
  • Creating a learning enviornment that fulfils children’s psychological needs.
  • An introduction to games-based assessment.

Coaches might also be interested in our How to Coach the Fundamentals of Movement workshop.

Together with the Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation and Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops, this forms a mini-suite of workshops that will help coaches in their journey towards becoming an outstanding all-round children’s coach.

Information for Organisations

Want to arrange this workshop for a group of 6 people or more?

If you have more than 6 people to train, we’ll come to you.

Tell us your preferred date and time and we will arrange for one of our tutors to deliver the session. We will help market the event too if you want us to.


Session fee with digital resource only

Workshop fee £385 (for up to 20 learners), which includes delivery fee, digital resource and certification for every learner.


Session fee with hard copy resource bundle

£450 for up to 20 learners, which includes delivery fee, digital resource, hard copy resource and certification for every learner. Please note: resources are posted to one central location, to a UK address only. Please contact our customer services team for postage costs outside of the UK.


E-mail us at [email protected] or call us on 0845-601 3054 to organise this workshop.

If you have an in-house trainer you can deliver this workshop under licence.


3-hour workshop.

Number of learners

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 20 people.

Delivery methord

Theory and practical workshop with pre and post-learning activities.

Accompanying learning materials

All learners will receive access to our accompanying digital resource, Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation. If you wish to buy hard copy resources for your coach, we have created a 'bundle' price which incorporates the workshop price, a set of 20 hard-copy resources, and delivery to one UK address (for deliveries to multiple addresses, or an address outside of the UK, please contact our customer services team)

We will do most of the work for you! We will:

  • send you the accompanying learning materials (if applicable)
  • confirm a UK Coaching trainer to run the session
  • send you and your delgates confirmation of the session, including all logistical information
  • email your learners their certificates after the event. 

But here are the things you will need to do to ensure your learners have an enjoyable experience.

Book a space

A meeting room with enough space for the group to split into smaller groups (at least 12 x 12 metres). All venues must be accessible for all participants, including those who may have additional needs (eg wheelchair users). Where possible, a room with WIFI connectivity would be preferable. Please supply the login and password details to the tutor, where applicable.

Send us your list of delegates (at least 5 working days prior to the session)

Using this we can set up your learners with access to their resource and email the session confirmation to you and them.

Communicate with your learners and take bookings

We will market the event on our site if you want us to. But you will also need to invite your people or advertise the event through your own communications. You will need to make sure it’s easy for people to book on the event and you will need to take any appropriate payment.

Arrange any relevant equipment

Screen or laptop and data projector, flip chart, paper and pens are required. Internet access would be beneficial.

Support your learners

During the event you should be present to meet and support the tutor and provide any additional signposting advice to your learners.

Do you have your own tutor team? Save on each workshop you deliver and take advantage of further benefits by becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner.

Organisers might also be interested in our How to Coach the Fundamentals of Movement workshop.

Together with the Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation and Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops, this forms a mini-suite of workshops that will help coaches in their journey towards becoming an outstanding all-round children’s coach.

How will Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation support the delivery of your strategic objectives?

We understand that the partners we work with have a range of different objectives and outcomes that you want to achieve. In our experience, often they are one or more of the following, which all require engaging, person-centered coaching:

  • Engage the least active people in sport and physical activity.
  • Sustain membership.
  • Create a love of activity in children and young people.
  • Help performers to strive for their best.

Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation uses the ‘C’ System of coaching, our holistic model for person-centered coaching, to help coaches deliver fun and engaging sessions to children that help develop them as people.  

The workshop content and supporting resource have been developed in conjunction with expert coaching children practitioners and researchers, to provide coaches with all the information that they need about young people’s development and child development through sport.

Does this link to the Coaching Plan for England?

The Coaching Plan for England defines coaching as “improving a person’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations.” It stresses the importance of ‘soft’ skills to engage with people and help them unlock their potential.

Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation provides an interactive learning experience to help learners model person-centered coaching and hone their soft skills to have the greatest possible impact with their participants.

How does Coaching Children 5-12: The Next Generation link to the Professional Standards for Coaching?

The Professional Standards for Coaching set out the skills, knowledge and behaviour needed to maximise the participant experience. This workshop has been designed to specifically meet outcomes from the Coaching Children Population Professional Standard.

Is this learning only for people who provide coaching, or does it have a broader appeal?

The learning package has been developed primarily to support those people coaching in sport and physical activity settings. However, the learning does have broader appeal and the themes could easily be applied to Physical Education.

If you are interested in having the learning package delivered to a broader audience, then please get in touch with the Relationship Management Team at UK Coaching to make your specific request.

Can I tailor/bespoke this workshop?

The workshop has been carefully designed to be about ‘children’ rather than any specific sport, activity or age range. Examples and scenarios can be adapted to make learning more relevant and applicable to those coaches engaging in the learning.

Workshop delivery can also be tailored to meet the needs of specific coaching audiences through the tutor delivery, the examples used and the activities offered. When you make your booking, let us know what areas you would like to be dealt with specifically, and we will embed them within the remit of the workshop learning challenges.

If you are a not yet a Licensed Workshop Partner and would like to make the content bespoke, please request this prior to booking. This may incur an additional fee. 

If you would like to mix and match content from this learning package with other workshops, then please request this prior to booking. This is likely to incur an additional fee.

What Coaches Think

It was nice to get a fresher outlook on coaching children, as you start to get in the same mindset and way of working over a period of time. It provided me with the stimulation to implement different ideas. And it was very active and very hands-on, which I found to be a good thing, as I think if you sit a lot of coaches in a classroom environment for too long people will start to switch off.

Josh Stevenson, Notts County FC Football in the Community Development Manager

Can't find a course?

Our partners put on our workshops across the UK. They will put on a workshop near to you if enough people express interest.

If you live in England, get in touch with your Active Partnership to register your interest.

sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland run our workshops outside of England and advertise our workshops on their own websites.

Alternatively register with us and you will receive a monthly newsletter detailing the latest workshops running across the country.

Waiting for a course?

In the meantime have a listen to this podcast with UK Coaching's Children's Lead David Turner who looks at the ‘C’ System of coaching – a model for the holistic coaching of children

Listen here