There are lots of workshops and courses available to help you develop your coaching skills and knowledge. These tend to fall into two categories:
Sport Specific Coach Education - these include coaching award courses and sport specific workshops and other modules. These are generally provided by each sports National Governing Body and some NGBs offer their coaches sport specific versions of the generic workshops available. Full details of the range of courses available and dates can be found on the Sport Specific Page
sportscoach UK Coach Education workshops - a series of short workshops to develop coaching skills on topics such as disbility sport, equity, and coaching young people. To help you decide which of these courses would be of use to you see our Coach Education workshops information below. Please log in and update your coaches profile to include any specific workshops that you wnat to attend. Alternativley please email Pete Taylor, North Yorkshire Sport Coaching Development Manager, email@example.com
Minimum Standards for Deployment
Sports coach UK launched its recommended Minimum Standards for Deployment (the knowledge and skills in order to coach safely and effectively) in October 2010. These identify core standards for all coaches and additional training requirements depending om the activity, the setting and the participants beiong coached. In addition to meeting these Minimum Standards, sports coach UK currently recommends that coaches undertake training in; Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport, Equity in Your Coaching, and How to Coach Disabled People in Sport.
For further detail please see our Minimum Standards section of our website.
Which course is right for me ?
The following guide will help you understand more about the various sport coach Uk workshops available and help yo find the right one for you.
I want to get up to speed with Minimum Operating Standards
These are defined as requirements which apply to all coaches, regardless of their level of qualification or their sport and which are seen as the basic standards a coach needs to meet to be able to carry out their role safely and effectively. The core components are Child Protection, Equity and Disability.
- If you are involved in coaching and leading activities for children and young people need an understanding good practice in child protection so need to attend a Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport. Find out how this workshop has helped other coaches.
- If you have already been on a Safeguarding and Protection course but would like an update or to refresh your knowledge then consider Safeguarding and Protecting Children 2: Reflecting on Practice (SPC2).
- If you want more information on how to make your coaching fair and equitable and raise your awareness of the barriers some participants face then Equity in Your Coaching is the workshop for you. Find out how this workshop has helped other coaches.
- If you want a better understanding of how to plan and adapt sessions to include disabled participants then look at the How to Coach Disabled People in Sport. This is an introduction to this area for all coaches.
I want to know more about coaching and developing young people
If you regularly coach young people then you will need to develop a good understanding of how they develop and be able to ensure that you plan and deliver sessions that are interesting, engaging and support the development of young people.
- Long Term Athlete Development is about using different stages in a young person's development when they better able to develop skills or physical abilities to maximise there performance. If you want to learn or know more about this and what it's practical implications are for your coaching then go on An Introduction to Long Term Athlete Development.
- To get a better understanding topics including growth, social and emotional development, and how these relate to coaching in a practical manner you will get this from the Coaching Children and Young People workshop.
- We know sport can have a positive impact on the development of young people, but if you want to know more about how to ensure your sessions can have a positive impact on personal development consider Coaching the Whole Child: Positive Development Through Sport.
- If you are training growing youngsters, regardless of age and ability, you need to know exactly where their bodies are at in terms of development - especially during puberty. If you are an experienced coach and need skills to assess the needs of budding performers of both genders, monitor their individual biological markers and help to develop realistic coaching programmes that produce results then look a the Coaching the Young Developing Performers workshop.
I want to develop the movement skills of young people
The FUNdamentals of Movement are the essential physical skills (Balance, Agility, and Coordination) that young people need to develop to play sport later in life. This is an important area for coaches working with young people who want to develop the physical literacy of their participants
- If you already have an understanding of Long Term Athlete Development and would like to get a thorough practical understanding of the FUNdamentals, and how to apply these to your coaching then look at the An Introduction to the FUNdamentals of Movement workshop. Find out how this workshop has helped other coaches.
To further develop your knowledge in these key areas, three practical workshops are available:
- FUNdamentals of Agility (covering starting, stopping, changing direction, rotation, reaction and complex movements),
- FUNdamentals of Balance (positioning the centre of gravity, losing balance, extending the base, counterbalance and moving forces),
- FUNdamentals of Coordination (organising limbs, generating force, differentiating force, speed and accuracy and interception).
I want to know more about coaching disabled participants
- For an introduction to this subject, the How to Coach Disabled People in Sport workshop is aimed at all coaches, This will give you an understanding of how to plan and adapt sessions to include disabled participants, and the confidence to include people with a disability in sessions.
- If you already have some experience of coach disabled performers and are looking to review and extend your knowledge and practice then look at the Coaching Disabled Performers workshop which covers this subject in greater depth, covering areas such as terminology, communication skills, medical considerations and more. From April 2011, Inclusive Coaching: Disability will be replacing the Coaching Disabled Peformers workshop
I want to develop my coaching skills further
- A powerful way of improving your own coaching is to analyse and evaluate what you do. The Analysing Your Coaching workshop will take you through the skills you need to look at your own coaching practice, identify strengths and areas for development and help you to devise and implement an action plan to develop your coaching.
- If you work with young people and need a better understanding factor that effect on young people's behaviour or strategies to help you deal with challenging behaviour, then the Positive Behaviour Management in Sport workshop is for you, plus you'll understand how your own behaviour impacts on young people. Find out how this workshop has helped other coaches.
I want help to support other coaches in my club or organisation
- If you are regularly approached by other coaches for help and advice, but feel you need help and more skills to be able to better support the development of other coaches consider the Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches workshop.
I want to be better able to deliver multi-skills sessions
Many coaches are trained in sports specific coaching, but often developing the FUNdamentals of Movement can best be delivered through multi-skills sessions that draw on the skills and movements from a range of sports rather than through an individual sport.
- If you already understand the FUNdamentals of Movement and want a practical session help you integrate the key generic skills of agility, balance and coordination into your coaching through multi-skill sessions then you need the Multi-skill Clubs in Practice workshop.
- If you don't already have an understanding of the FUNdamentals of Movement a longer workshop, Multi Skill Clubs Induction is available which combines both the Introduction to the FUNdamentals of Movement and Multi Skills Clubs in Practice.
- If you already deliver multi-skills sessions to young people but need help to include a wider range of young people including those with a disability then the practical Multi Skill Club Inclusion workshop will help you develop effective sessions that are challenging for all participants. Again 6 hour version of this workshop is available which combines Multi Skill Club Inclusion and Introduction to the FUNdamentals of Movement.
I want to be able to plan appropriate programmes for my performers
- If you want to develop the skills required to assess the needs of your performers and then develop and implement appropriate and effective plans and programmes for them then the Planning and Periodisation workshop is for you. You will also cover goal setting for performers and how to effectively monitor and amend plans for best results.