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.

The Kent Young Coach Academy (KYCA) 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.

Non-sports specific training is delivered with a particular focus on planning and delivering practical coaching, understanding and developing a coaching philosophy as well as considering honesty and ethics.

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 will be invited to attend a training day that will include an accredited UK Coaching workshop at:

Canterbury Christ Church University
9:30am to 3:30pm
Tuesday 19 February 2019

In addition to the training day, all young coaches will be asked to complete 10 voluntary coaching hours at their chosen community or school satellite club and will be signposted towards additional training throughout the year including first aid and safeguarding.

This fantastic opportunity is just £20 per person and includes a KYCA T Shirt.

Find out more

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 KYCA, open to young people aged 15+ that have just started their coaching journey or those already coaching in a community setting and keen to receive further training.

Download Application Form

Any young person who would like to join the KYCA in 2019 will need to complete an application form and send it via email or post to Lucy Cassell, Coaching Co-ordinator:

Lucy Cassell

Coaching Co-ordinator

  • Tel: 01227 824395
  • Email:
  • Post: Kent Sport, University of Kent, Sports Pavilion, Park Wood Road, Kent CT2 7SR

    Part time - usual working days are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am–2:30pm, Wednesdays 8:30am-2.30pm.