There are now 50 Young Coach Academies across the country, each set up to create a clearer pathway for young coaches to transition from schools into a community setting. In Kent the delivery partners of this programme are Kent Sport and Valence School.
The Academy is aimed at young people that have just started their coaching journey in addition to those who are already coaching in a community setting and are keen to receive further training.
A training package of support is delivered to add value to national governing body qualifications, with particular focus on understanding and developing a coaching philosophy, as well as considering honesty and ethics when delivering sport. Each coach who joins our academy this year will be asked to identify a suitable community club together with a mentor already known to them to provide ongoing advice and guidance. Coaches who are unable to do this will receive support. All mentors will also be invited to receive training through the project.
In 2016-17, the first year of the programme, 20 young people signed up and 12 of them completed all of the modules and their coaching placement by June 2017. When asked what they enjoyed most about being part of the Academy the responses included:
- “Seeing how different coaches work and across different sports”
- “Picking up different ideas from other people”
- “Developing my communication skills and encouraging my players to be more creative”
- “Learning all the skills, how to deliver and how to engage people in my session”
What does it involve?
All young coaches are invited to attend two training days. In addition, they are required to complete a minimum of ten voluntary coaching hours at their chosen community club and will also be signposted towards additional (optional) qualifications including first aid and safeguarding.
Find out more
We are not currently accepting applications to the programme but if you would like to find out more information then please contact Lucy Cassell.