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Coaching has Helped Parkour Enthusiast’s Self-Confidence Take Giant Leap

Voices of Incredible People series: Fanuel Chivasa – Sport for Confidence Apprentice Coach

Six ‘Voices of Incredible People’ (VIPs) were invited to share their inspirational coaching stories to a group of partners, leaders, coaches and participants at an event hosted by UK Coaching and Sport England to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Coaching Plan for England

While their individual motivations for starting out in coaching are as diverse as their backgrounds, there was a common theme running through the compelling collection of personal journeys: the transformational power of coaching.

We believe it is incumbent on the industry to spread empowering stories like the ones told by our six VIPs, as not only are they Incredible People but also Very Influential People, who can raise awareness of the importance of coaching through the emotional impact generated by their experiences.

"My name is Fanuel Chivasa. I am a 21-year-old Coach Core apprentice. Ever since I was young I have always had a burning passion for sports. I moved to the UK from Zimbabwe in 2010 at the age of 13 and was unable to speak any English.

"Because of the language barrier I was never confident in myself when it came to interacting with others and I always found myself isolated.

"I can truly say that my time as an apprentice at Coach Core has changed my life. It has given me a wide range of opportunities, from coaching, social networking and changing other people’s lives through sports.

"Therefore, I am truly grateful to have been part of such an incredible life-changing experience."

Fanuel coaches participants with a range of different needs, including mental health problems, physical disabilities and learning disabilities.

We asked him what success would look like to him in coaching terms?

"Success would be inspiring and motivating others to reach their goals in life and also being looked on as a role model by the next generation.

Coach Core has also given me the opportunity to showcase my passion for Parkour, calisthenics and gymnastics, which has helped me grow in self-confidence. I am now able to interact more easily with others, which has given me a jump-start in my coaching career."

Voices of Incredible People

Read the coaching stories of the other five VIPs who spoke at the Coaching Plan for England and Diversity Event

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