Coaching in Disability Sport
Support and advice from sports coach UK
Sports coach UK is dedicated to guiding the development and implementation of a coaching system, recognised as a world leader, for all coaches at every level in the UK.
The UK Coaching Framework - developed following an extensive consultation process led by sports coach UK - provides the blueprint to achieve this.
The vision of the UK Coaching Framework is to create a cohesive, ethical, inclusive and valued coaching system where skilled coaches support children, adults, players and athletes at all stages of their development in sport, and that is world-leading by 2016.
The Framework highlights how sports coach UK plans to work in close partnership with governing bodies of sport and each of the home country sports councils to enhance the quality and quantity of coaches at all levels of sport, leading to increased and sustained participation and improved performance.
This will be underpinned by:
- clear career structures for coaches as part of professionally regulated vocation, recognising volunteer and part/full-time roles
- a cohesive and world-leading coaching system
To achieve this sports coach UK's core areas of work are:
To lead, develop and support strategic planning for coaching and coach education and development by national, regional and local sports organisations.
sports coach UK works closely with a range of partners across the United Kingdom, including governing bodies of sport, key-funding agencies and other key organisations, to develop and deliver services, products (including workshops) and resource toolkits to support improvements to coaching systems, coach education and coach development networks.
Provide a source of current expert advice to assist key partner organisations in the design, management and delivery of coaching development, coach education and coach development programmes through work:
- that will lead and support the development, implementation, assessment and quality assurance of coaching standards, qualifications, licenses and continuous professional development programmes;
- that will lead and support the development of trained and qualified personnel to provide quality assured delivery and assessment of coach education and qualification programmes in a consistent manner and appropriate context.
UK Disability Sport - Coaching, Learning and Leadership
The need to establish a Disability Coaching Source Group to provide expert advice to improve disability coaching within an inclusive coaching system was identified within the UK Coaching Framework. Commitment from the Home Nation Disability Sports Organisations provided the opportunity to call key partners together and the UK Disability Sport Coaching, Learning and Leadership group (UKDSCL&L) was created and met for the first time on 1 February 2007. The UK members will lead and shape the requirements for disability sports coaching and leadership throughout the UK and inform the UK Coaching Framework and its associated 5 Strategic Actions on issues relating to the needs of disabled coaches and coaches of disabled people.