At the end of 2016, after more than two years’ consultation, Sport England published Coaching In An Active Nation, their coaching plan for 2017-21. (You can download a copy of Coaching In An Active Nation - just click here.) The plan includes this new definition of coaching:
Improving a person’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations
Coaching In An Active Nation recognises that there are many people who have the skills to engage with participants, deliver great experiences and help those participants to become more active. The coaching workforce will expand in the next few years – we need more leaders, activators, co-ordinators, hosts and helpers, in addition to those with more traditional sports coaching roles!
You can get interested in coaching for a whole range of reasons! Lots of people take up coaching because their children start a sport, or when they stop playing or competing themselves. For some people, coaching just seems appealing as an activity in itself. And increasingly, individuals are recognising the benefit of sport and physical activity in other sectors, for instance the NHS and the probation service.
It really doesn't matter why you're interested in coaching, you will still face the same issues:
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