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UK Coaching Research Team
Young people Rapport Building and Communicating

Encouraging Young People to Stay in Sport

Research has shown that young people will drop out of sport if their key motivations for getting involved are not met. Coaches can play a key role in making sure this doesn’t happen

Researchers have found that fun is a key motivator for keeping young people in sport, and experiences that connect with their social lives are equally important.

The two are linked: if young people have positive experiences and develop good relationships connected with sport, then they are more likely to have fun and be motivated to continue playing sport. If their experiences and relationships connected with sport are negative, then they are more likely to lose interest and drop out.

But there’s even more to it than that.

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