Sport’s coaching is central to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in sport.It drives better performances and increased success as well as supporting key social and economic objectives throughout the UK
The vision of the UK Coaching Framework is to create a cohesive, ethical, inclusive and valued coaching system where skilled coaches support children, players and athletes at all stages of their development, an is world-leading by 2016.
Enhance the quality of coaching at all stages.
Provide active, skilled and qualified coaches to meet demand.
This will lead to:
- Sustained and increased participation in sport
- Improved performance
- Underpinned by coaching as a professionally regulated vocation
Participant & Coaching Development Models:
The participant Development model is not simply a diagram: it is accompanied by a set of principles that ‘bring to life’.
The key principle of the model is that sporting experiences should be individual as far as possible to meet participant’s unique requirements. Therefore it is highly important that coaches think about the need of their participant segment and use appropriate broader knowledge base to meet their appropriate development. In essence the model map shows the different pathways each participant may go down, and in turn move effectively from one to another. It is crucial for coaches to understand these pathways against the participant market segments.
Specialised Coaches meet the needs of specific types of participants related to the segments of the Participant development model; for example a ‘children’s coach’ would specialise in coaching children in the active start, fundamentals and learning to play and practice segments.
Therefore the identification of coaching population roles represents a ‘step change’ for coaching, in that it provides the opportunity for individuals to specialise and build experience and expertise in coaching specific participant groups.
The role of the Coaching Development Managers will be to support the way partners value different coaches and their expertise in different environments. This will also see increase in the supply of those coaches needed against the requirements of the Participant model.