Research shows that coaching benefits over 9m people across the UK. Ady Gray a Karate Coach from The Karate Dojo, with clubs throughout Yorkshire, took part in the first ever Coaching Week this week.
UK Coaching, the lead agency for coaching in the UK; with a mission to put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport, has unveiled its principles of ‘Great Coaching’ which support everyone in the UK to recognise and celebrate when great coaching is taking place.
Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of UK Coaching, revealed that over a 12-month period, 9.3 million adults in the UK received coaching. The majority found coaching to be an overwhelmingly positive experience; one which was enjoyable, motivational and contributed positively to improving their physical health and mental well-being.
As a result, UK Coaching is helping to clarify the meaning of great coaching to the public, and working with agencies within sport to prioritise the importance of understanding the needs and aspirations of each individual when coaching.
The Principles of Great Coaching are centred on the acronym PEOPLE and have been designed to help people who are coached, coaches and the wider general public understand what great coaching is.
UK Coaching’s Principles of Great Coaching are:
The principles were launched during Coaching Week, which ends today. UK Coaching worked alongside a range of partners and national governing bodies of sport, including The Karate Dojo, to deliver a week that helped provide an annual platform to empower athletes and coaches to celebrate great coaching.
To mark Coaching Week, UK Coaching and Ady invited people across the UK to share when and where they have experienced great coaching, and to recognise their own coach for practising UK Coaching’s Principles of Great Coaching by presenting them with a #GreatCoaching certificate, available from the UK Coaching website.
The week highlighted the broader benefits of coaching and the fact that great coaching can inspire others, and make a difference to people’s mental and physical well-being, as well as contributing to their individual, economic and social development.
Ady Gray said:
“Coaching is more than just teaching. Coaching is having the ability to inspire and support growth in students through a person-centred approach. No two students will ever need the exact same coaching, a great coach can adapt their coaching to facilitate that students will ever need the exact same coaching, a great coach can adapt their coaching to facilitate that.”
Paul Greasley, Parent of Naomi, 11 and Owen, 8 added:
“Naomi and Owen are progressing well. Our ethos as a club is about producing good people, not just kicking/punching or competition and Naomi and Owen are perfect examples of that! Thank you Ady for being an incredible role model and inspiration to not only Naomi and Owen, but to all those who pass through your dojo.”
Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said:
“Great coaching utilises sport and physical activity to meet our motivations, benefit and transform our lives. As the lead organisation for coaching excellence it’s our vision to help create an active nation inspired through great coaching. Through our principles the general public now have a guide to understand what that is and what effect it can have on them and society at large. At the heart of all of this is the idea that people change people. Our principles are centred on this word for that very reason. People change the lives of others. So if you want to make a change in your life go find a great coach who will help you be your best self.”
Supporting the campaign, UK Sport Chair and former Olympic rowing champion Dame Katherine Grainger said:
“It is about time that we have an awareness week for coaching in the UK. The stories and success of our athletes are often well known but for millions of coaches, who work across the broad range of sport and activity from grassroots to high performance, their names, sacrifices and achievements usually go unnoticed.”
Tennis coach Judy Murray, mother of double Olympic and two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said:
“Great coaching is about sharing an enthusiasm and understanding of sport with others and helping your pupils improve while having fun, regardless of their age and ability.”
For more info, visit www.ukcoaching.org/greatcoaching