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Sports Coach UK (SCUK) is a UK-registered charity, employing 70 staff members, based at their Headquarters in Leeds and at sites across England. SCUK’s vision is UK coaching excellence enabling every child, player and athlete to follow their dreams, have fun and fulfill their potential.

As the central agency for coaching established by the Sports Councils in 1983, SCUK maximises UK investment in coaching by:sports-coach

  • providing a central source of coaching expertise
  • implementing cross-sport coaching initiatives
  • sharing good-practice between sports
  • minimising inconsistencies in coaching across sports.

The work SCUK do is vital to partners such as:

  • Youth Sport Trust for increasing skilled coaching in schools
  • Sport England for achieving participation goals in communities
  • UK Sport for nurturing high-performance athletes
  • the 2012 Games legacy.

SCUK supports partners to recruit, develop and retain the coaches they need to achieve their sports participation and performance goals. Specifically:

  • Support and challenge partners to improve their coaching systems and grow their contribution to a cohesive UK coaching system.
  • Develop coach learning and support that complements sports-specific programmes and aligns with public policy.
  • Provide research and good practice that benefits coaching.

In England, SCUK supports 46 national governing bodies of sport and 49 county sports partnerships. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, SCUK works with the three Home Country Sports Councils.

The UK Coaching Framework

The UK Coaching Framework is not a ‘new’ initiative, but rather a further enhancement of the coaching agenda that builds on previous good work of the Coaching Task force and Home Country Sports Council and Governing Body of Sport plans.

sports coach UK conducted an extensive consultation period that led to the formulation of the UK Coaching Framework, which was officially endorsed and launched at 3rd UK Coaching Summit in 2008.

The UK Coaching Framework provides the reference point for developing a system to take coaching in the UK towards being a world-leading system by 2016.

Vision and Outcomes of the UK Coaching Framework

coaching-frameworkThe UK Coaching Framework will deliver many long-held aspirations for coaching. Most importantly it will enhance the quality of the sporting experience at every level for children, players and athletes, and deliver on key government objectives. This work will build on the excellent foundation that has been set in recent years across our leading sports and in each of the four home nations. sports coach UK looks forward to working with all its partners to make this vision an exciting new reality.

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 in sport.
  • Become world number one by 2016

The UK Coaching Framework will:

  • 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
  • Improved performances in sport underpinned by clear career structures for coaches within

A Phased Approach

In order to break down the work and provide a structured approach three delivery phases have been identified, each of which run concurrently, ending in the March of the financial years 2008/09, 2012/13 and 2016/17

  • Building the Foundations: 3 years – 2006-2009
  • Delivering the Goals: 7 years – 2006-2013
  • Transforming the System: 11 years – 2012-2017

Strategic Action Areas

The consultation process undertaken during the development of the UK coaching Framework identified key themes that are built upon in Five Strategic Action Areas, supported by 12 Specific Action Areas, to guide and accelerate developments.

The five Strategic Action Areas are:

  • The UK Coaching System
  • Front-line Coaching
  • Support for Coaches
  • A professionally regulated vocation
  • Research and development

Key Pillars

The UK Coaching Framework identifies four key resource pillars required to target investment and increase resource capacity, factors that will have a direct impact on stakeholders’ ability to improve the coaching system. The key pillars are.

  • Capacity for the deployment and employment of coaches
  • Capacity of governing bodies of sport and other relevant organisations to design, deliver and quality assure inclusive coaching and coach-education systems on a local, regional, national and UK-wide basis
  • Education and Continuous Professional Development of coaches
  • Capacity and alignment of funding, policy and other complementary support agencies

The UK coaching Framework has been widely endorsed as a reference point of key outcomes, principles and action areas; to help investors and stakeholders transform the UK coaching system thereby improving the way coaches are trained and matched to participant need.

Minimum Standard’s for Deployment

It is recognised and supported that coaches need to have certain knowledge and skills in order to coach safely and effectively; and be able to help children players and athletes at all stages of their development.

The knowledge and skills a coach needs to have/develop depends on:

  • Their role e.g. coach/assistant coach
  • Who they are woring with (children, young people, adults)
  • At what level they are working at ( e.g. children’s coaching, participation coaching, performance coaching and high performance coaching)
  • What environment they are working in (e.g. community setting or in a school)

Minimum standards for deployment have been developed by sports coach UK and have been adopted by CSPs, SSPs, NGBs and Local Authorities. The minimum standards will need to be achieved by every coach working within the curriculum setting.

Criteria Core Standard Rationale
Minimum Age Independant/Lead Coach – 18+ yearsAssistant/Support Coach – 16+ years To ensure that the lead coach is also an adult.
Appropriate Qualification UKCC Level 2: Independant/Lead.UKCC Level 1: Assistant/Support. To ensure the coach has an appropriate knowledge and skill set for the role to be undertaken, as defined by the national governing body. For any non UKCC qualification, confirmation would need to be sought.
Insurance An insurance policy that covers the coach and any activities they deliver to the value of £5,000,000. To ensure the coach as well as the participant/s being coached are insured.Insurance can be obtained through National Governing Bodies and Sports Coach UK.
Criminal Records Bureau Check Legislation
Policies Codes of conduct, equilty and equality, participant welfare, health and safety. The coach employer must provide relevant documents that the coach would need to adhere to also. To ensure identification of best practice and complying with legislation around providing safe and quality environments.

For specific information regarding the Minimum Standards for Active Coaches of Children & Young People, please click on the icon below:

Min Standards - Active Coaches

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