Get Inspired: How to get into Coaching

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Get into Coaching
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Why get into coaching?It's a great way to be involved in sport and make a positive impact on people's enjoyment, confidence, health and well-being.
Who is it for?Anyone! All you need is a passion for a particular sport and willingness to devote time to helping others.
Is there a cheap option?Many sports coaches are volunteers - the only cost to you is your time.
What if I want a proper workout?Coaching can be as physically active as you choose. However much you want to join in with the action is up to you!
Can I take it to another level?Even the world's best sports coaches start small and work their way to the top. Who knows where coaching could take you?
Is there a disability option?Disability sports need dedicated coaches, too. If it's where you passion lies - get involved!
Is there a family option?Why not lend a hand at your son's or daughter's sports club? It's a great way to spend time together.
So how do I take part?Get in touch with your local county sports partnership or council or follow our links below.

On the face of it, coaches help people of different ages and abilities to develop and improve in sport, but actually they do much, much more.

Most people starting a new activity need extra motivation and encouragement. A coach's support and enthusiasm can make a huge difference to the enjoyment and participation in an activity.

With the right training, a coach can help to develop important life skills in their players such as teamwork, respect, goal-setting, confidence and control.

There are many different reasons to become a coach, and the good news is that you don't have to have had a sports background to start. Many people get into coaching as a way of giving back to their community.

Why is it good for you?

Coaching is a great way to express your passion for a sport and be actively involved instead of just being a spectator.

It is not only exciting and satisfying but you can also have a positive influence on people's lifelong involvement in sport. It will also help you to keep active, both mentally and physically.

There are many ways in ways to get involved, such as helping your local club, getting involved in your children's sporting activities or even helping to support the next elite sports star!

It's social, it's helpful and it keeps you on your toes.

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Mums' Team: inspiring Yorkshire mums to get into coaching

Get Involved

The best starting place for trying out coaching is to assist a coach. Most coaches will be grateful for any help you can give. So why not try it out? What do you have to lose?

In England, contact your nearest county sports partnership, in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland contact your home country sports council.

UK Coaching has developed some great, practical information to give you the confidence to get involved: where to coach; questions to ask before getting involved; skills and qualities needed to be a good coach; what would be expected of you when you first start out.

Here is just a sample of the useful resources:

Skills and Qualities of an Effective Coach Top Tips

How to Become a Coach Top Tips

How to Assist at Your Child's Sport Session Top Tips

Coaching Methods (video)

What coaches have to say

"The most satisfying part of being a coach has to be seeing the little smiles on the kids' faces when they are having fun, whilst they are learning and improving their skills."

Cycling coach, Caitlin Tromans

"I can't pinpoint a day or event where I decided to begin coaching, so the trigger was probably a combination of things: realising there is more to life than work and Game of Thrones; seeing that a lack of javelin coaching in my home town 15 years ago had turned into a complete absence; my waistline! Whatever it was, something clicked and I decided now was the time."

Javelin coach, David Turner

"I hated PE at school. I was clumsy, awkward, and always picked last for the team but I was lucky to discover my local rowing club when I started secondary school, and from then on I grew to love sport and understand the difference it can make to your life. I have a life that continues to be filled with incredible experiences, friendships and opportunities thanks to some of my coaches, which is why I spend my evenings and weekends coaching. I know I can be part of creating a more fulfilling life for my athletes."

Rowing coach, Rachel Hooper


What Next?

If you are thinking of starting coaching, you can find resources at the UK Coaching website including a workshop finder to discover activities near you.