Charity welcomes new standards in children's coaching

National children’s charity, the Youth Sport Trust, has welcomed the release of professional coaching standards by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

The new standards provide an agreed reference point of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of coaching assistants and coaches.

The standards will not only inform the development of future coaching qualifications and training but also support the effective deployment of coaches.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

Over the last 18 months, we have been working closely with CIMSPA, and other organisations across the sector including UK Coaching and UK Active Kids.

The establishment of national standards for coaching children in sport is something we have wanted to see for a long time and we have been thrilled to support CIMSPA in the development of these. A key objective of our new four-year strategy is to make sport fun, inclusive and accessible. The value of these standards is that they will drive the quality of the training and education available to coaches of children.

The Youth Sport Trust will be releasing a new programme, TOP Coach in the next few months. The development of this has been supported by UK Coaching and it will provide the very best quality assured preparations for children’s coaches working in and with schools and youth sport programmes.

To register for TOP Coach and find out more information please contact Kate.Platts@youthsporttrust.org or visit www.youthsporttrust.org/top-coach

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