The Youth Sport Trust will this week join friends and partners in the sports and physical activity sector in making a #GreatCoachingPledge to help coaches across the nation benefit their communities.
YST fully endorses UK Coaching in its pledge to help coaches grow their people skills through the use of modern learning resources, which are available alongside cutting-edge workshops, a digital subscription service and engaging content through its website: www.ukcoaching.org.
Speaking about Coaching Week, UK Coaching's CEO Mark Gannon, said:
Great Coaching is about great experiences for coaches and participants. In order for those great experiences to keep happening we need the coaching workforce to feel supported and appreciated.
We recognise the importance of our role in the sport and physical activity sector as the place to go for coaching resources and expertise.
Coaching Week aims to help people understand that coaches are pivotal figures within their communities and crucial to delivering an active nation. That’s why we pledge to provide resources for coaches to develop their people skills and ultimately benefit their communities, build rapport and connect with people.
YST is equally passionate about the importance of great coaching and, more specifically, a breadth of coaching opportunities for young people.
In April 2019 the YST hosted the Girls Active Coaches Camp at Loughborough University, with activities for 150 girls aged 15-17. The camp is built on the success of its broader
Girls Active work, offering a further developmental opportunity for girls to take their personal development to the next level.
As identified through several Youth Sport Trust interventions, the strength of peer leadership and influencing from within social groups is clear. Appropriate and relevant role models have been shown to have an impact on participation. By empowering young women to take action within their schools and communities has a dual benefit, on both the confidence and aspirations of the young women themselves and as a result the influence they have amongst their peers.
YST also offers the TOP Coach resources and learning package, supported by UK Coaching, which help support coaches deliver high quality children-centred activity in a school setting. The course comprises two days of face-to-face training, supplemented by online learning modules.
Speaking about the launch of TOP Coach last year, Youth Sport Trust Chief Executive Ali Oliver, said:
With primary schools now receiving £320m extra funding through the PE and sport premium and through working with fantastic partners like UK Coaching, we have never been so close to achieving our goal; Children deserve to have appropriately trained and accredited professionals introducing them to their first experiences of sport. With the new national standards coming into force, TOP Coach will ensure this is so.