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Becoming a Coach

Coaches help people of different ages and abilities to develop and improve within sport. They can also help teach essential life skills, such as respect, confidence and control. It is important that any coach leading a sports session is trained and committed to provide a fun, high quality learning experience for his or her participants.

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport, acquiring, improving and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

Over time, it has been proven that coaching means much more than that.

Coaching can help address a number of health issues. Often, people need a catalyst to take part in physical activity, and willpower alone isn't always enough. Around 60% of adults are overweight or obese, and 60% of adults play no sport. Of those currently not playing sport, 40% say coaching would encourage them to play.

Coaching can lead to an increase in physical activity which in turn, has a significant effect on primary pupils' academic achievement in maths, reading and writing. In secondary pupils, performance in sport has a positive association with higher GCSE scores in maths and English.

  • improve physical well-being
  • be beneficial for mental well-being
  • promote individual development
  • increase social development
  • have a positive effect on economic development
  • change lives.

Courses - Workforce Education Programme

Our Workforce Education Programme runs annually and provides a variety of courses to help you get involved and improve your coaching, with workshops across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

It includes courses for Safeguarding & Protecting Children, Coaching Children, How to deliver Engaging Sessions and Inclusive Coaching.

First Steps into Coaching Workshop - is a two hour workshop sports coach UK have produced for those with no experience of coaching. If you would like to attend or deliver a 'First Steps into Coaching' workshop please contact: Natalia Marshall, Coaching Development Manager at: N.Marshall@LRSport.org

sports coach UK Resources

sports coach UK has developed some great practical information to give you the confidence to get involved: where to coach; questions to ask before getting involved; skills and qualities needed to be a good coach; what would be expected of you when you first start out.

Dip into sports coach UK Resource Bank for videos and tips on becoming a coach...

For more information please contact:

Natalia Marshall

Natalia Marshall

Workforce Development Manager

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

01509 564863

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