Coaching Week returns to help celebrate those making a difference

This year’s focus is on the coaches inspiring others in their local communities

Coaching Week is back after last year’s inaugural event, running all this week (June 3-9).

The event looks to showcase “how great coaching creates the conditions for communities to thrive, inspiring a movement that brings more great coaching to more local communities,” as well as improving social connections and wellbeing.

Everyone can get involved – from schools to charities to businesses – in recognising the people who provide great coaching to their communities, inspiring others and making a difference. Note that the definition of ‘coach’ is a broad one, and can also mean activator, facilitator, instructor, leader, teacher, or trainer.

Coaches are the driving force behind participation in sport and physical activity in local communities across the UK

During the week, UK Coaching is also asking policymakers to invest in developing great coaches across all communities in the UK.

“We know that great coaching can drive positive sport and physical activity experiences, helping to deliver a healthier, more active and cohesive society,” said UK Coaching’s director of coaching, Emma Atkins.

“Coaching Week 2019 will not only demonstrate the value of coaching to communities and how coaches improve social connections and wellbeing, but create a movement that brings great coaching to the lives of many more people.”

In related news: Pip Atkinson-Kennedy, director of sport at King’s Bruton, has a list as long as your arm of students with high-level sporting success, from Olympic aerial skiers to heptathletes

Tennis coach and supporter of Coaching Week, Judy Murray, said: “As a child, I learned how to play both badminton and tennis through community clubs in Dunblane, and I started out coaching as a volunteer at our local tennis club, so I have experienced the benefits of coaching in the community as both a recipient and a contributor.

“Coaches create the environments that help us to develop a sense of belonging and give us the opportunities to grow our social and physical skills.

“They are also the driving force behind participation in sport and physical activity in local communities across the UK, so I am delighted to see this as the focus of this year’s Coaching Week.”

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