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UK Coaching Team

How to Deliver Engaging Sessions for Adults

Expand your knowledge to support positive experiences for adults and ensure sustained participation

UK Coaching was formerly known as Sports Coach UK. We changed our name after expanding our support as an organisation. 

You will:

  • learn about new participants’ needs, including how to build their self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation
  • increase your knowledge about how best to meet the needs of different participant groups, helping you to recruit and retain new participants to your sessions
  • find out about the ‘C’ system of coaching and learn how to include each ‘C’ element in your practice through practical examples
  • be able to use relevant adapted planning material for both longer-term and session planning.

Understanding and implementing the ‘C’ system framework (connection; confidence; character; creativity; caring and compassion; competence) has been a game-changer for many coaches and is an essential component of this workshop, which will help you understand how your coaching fits into a much wider agenda than sport.

You will receive a copy of How to Deliver Engaging Sessions: Developing Adults and Young People Through Sport book at the workshop to guide you in your future coaching.

Each section of the 50-page book contains thought-provoking questions for you to consider using self-reflection and diagnosis of your own methods.

There are spaces where you are encouraged to set short, medium and long-term goals for achieving the good practice outlined in the book.

Each of the sections expanding on the ‘C’ system will contain explanations of the relevance of the ‘C’ being examined, and the summary will focus on the three phases of developing, sustaining and rejoining participation.

What Coaches Think

I really enjoyed the course and the supporting resource is very good and helpful. I came away with plenty of practical ideas to implement in my sessions, which have made a big difference to the way I coach. As a result, the girls have been able to take more ownership and have felt more involved and engaged in the sessions. This has led to them having a more enjoyable experience, with their levels of enthusiasm and motivation increasing. Most importantly, though, they continue to participate.

Yolanda Owen, Level 2 junior netball coach, Challow Netball Club

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.

Workshop fee £275 (for up to 25 learners) plus £12.99 per attendee (for the supporting resource).

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 25 people 

Delivery Method

A mix of theory and practical

Target Audience

For anyone who works with participants who: 

  • have never played sport
  • are returning to a sport that they have played before
  • are taking up sport for health and well-being reasons
  • have barriers to overcome to be regular participants; for example, costs, confidence or misconceptions about current sport offer.

Examples of the above include:

  • existing UKCC Level 1 and 2 coaches who already coach but are being asked by their governing body of sport or county sports partnership (CSP) to work with different types of adult/youth participants in new-style governing body of sport programmes
  • new coaches who are being recruited to deliver these new-style governing body/CSP/local authority sports programmes • ‘coaches’ who are described as leaders/activators/coordinators in various new-style governing body of sport programmes.

Accompanying Learning Materials

50-page How to Deliver Engaging Sessions: Developing Adults and Young People Through Sport resource booklet for each learner to take away to deepen their knowledge or refer to.


We will do most of the hard work. We will send you the accompanying learning materials; our trainer will run the session and we will 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.

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 bookings and issue booking confirmations.

Arrange equipment

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


Do you have your own tutor team? Save over 60% on each workshop you deliver and take advantage of further benefits by becoming a UK Coaching Licensed Partner.

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.

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