Sources of Support for Sports Coaches

Active Sussex

The Active Sussex coaching pages contain a wealth of information for prospective and existing coaches.

Governing Bodies

Coaches should also check the website of the governing body for coaching information linked to their particular sport - see the 'Sports Directory' section of this site

UK Coaching

UK Coaching provides coaching information, learning resources and is the UK's technical agency for coaching, established as a charity more than 30 years ago to promote for the public benefit the education of sports coaches, youth and community sports leaders, physical education teachers and other people engaged in the teaching and encouragement of sporting skills in the fields of physiology, biomechanics, psychology, sociology, philosophy and other sports-related subjects.

Coaching News

Read coaching news articles at the UK Coaching site

September 2019- YST joins #21by21 campaign

The Youth Sport Trust join 10 other organisations that have already signed up, including Mind, StreetGames, Sport Wales, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Training in Mind, West Midlands Combined Authority, Mental Health First Aid England, York St John University and Edge Hill University.

Ali Oliver, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, said:

"We are proud to join the #21by21 campaign to work alongside some fantastic organisations. The declining mental health of young people is one of the biggest issues to affect this generation and the reason why we felt it was vital to support this initiative. PE and sport have a unique role to play in helping to build resilience and improve mental health in young people, which will be crucial to this campaign.

As a charity with almost 25 years of insight and research working with schools, we have developed programmes and training which use PE and sport to support and improve young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Through this campaign we will bring this experience to support a growing workforce of PE and sport professionals and leaders."

The campaign's target is to ensure sports coaches and volunteers have the three core skills needed to protect the people they work with: first aid, safeguarding and mental health awareness.

Coalition manager Sarah Mortiboys said:

"We are delighted that Youth Sport Trust have joined the #21by21 campaign. We strongly believe that mental health awareness should be recognised as a core competency, alongside physical first aid and safeguarding, for coaches and volunteers in sport and physical activity, and look forward to supporting all of the organisations committed to achieving this important target by 2021.

If you agree that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that sport and physical activity have a role to play in supporting it, please join this campaign."

ConnectSport has developed, and is managing a web portal to support the campaign, which can be accessed at their website

The portal shares news on sport and mental health from across the sector, and features a running total of sign-ups to the #21by21 campaign. It also showcases a number of providers for mental health awareness training schemes, so organisations can upskill their coaches and volunteers.

For more information, contact

December 2017 - New Coaching Programme Aims to Transform Children's Coaching

Introducing child centred training for children’s coaches in the school sport environment is the vision behind a new programme led by a children’s charity and UK Coaching.

At present, there is no widely recognised national training or quality standard for coaching children in sport. ‘TOP Coach’ has been developed by the Youth Sport Trust, the charity who brought the world-famous TOPs programmes to every primary school in the country in the 1990’s.

It responds to the need to increase activity levels in young children and a growing demand from head teachers for an easily recognizable accreditation mark. The programme will give clarity and confidence to parents, schools and community organisations when looking for specialist child coaches in the school environment.

Currently being piloted with coaches from British Gymnastics and Premier Education –the programme will launch in February and will be aligned to the new national standards from Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA).

Trainees on the TOP Coach programme will undergo a series of short courses, complete face-to-face training, and online learning. Delivered by tutors experienced in youth and school sport, the course supports and challenges coaches to understand the important factors contributing to appropriate physical development of children. It also looks at the wider outcomes including personal, social, cognitive and creative development, along with the important nuances of delivering sport in a school setting.

TOP Coach will address the challenges of inconsistent training and assessment criteria through the current coach accreditation system and create an entry point into the industry for the next generation.

David Batch, Premier Education CEO, said:

“With over 1,200 passionate professionals delivering in schools daily, we are always striving to maintain and improve the highest delivery standards for the benefit of all the young people attending our events. We are looking forward to collaborating on this pilot with Youth Sport Trust and investigating new ways of raising the bar further.”

David Marshall, Participation Director at British Gymnastics, said:

“We are committed to helping improve the standards of the delivery of sport, specifically gymnastics in primary schools. It is important that we provide children with the best quality experience of sport, helping them to develop positive attitudes towards participation. Through being involved in the programme we are supporting coaches to understand how to deliver high quality and relevant activities in schools.”

Click here to register your interest in accessing TOP Coach when available.

August 2016 - The Use of Questioning in Coaching - a Review

Sportscoach UK has reviewed the use of questioning in coaching - read the review

May 2016 - What Makes Your Session Unmissable

Coaches are critical to the success of any youth sports session. To help you create unmissable sessions, sports coach UK and Sport England have created a series of short animations and accompanying support guides to generate ideas.The first of these demonstrates that young people are seeking meaningful experiences and need a reason to come back each week.

‘What makes your session UNMISSABLE for young people’ draws on recent research and contains fun ideas and tips for coaches.

Young people are not all the same; they want experiences that are tailored to them. Research has found that behaviour can vary from month to month, or even week to week. A positive experience for one young person might be very different to another. Coaches need to understand their motivations, likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams if they are to offer sessions young people want to return to.

To download the accompanying guide click here; ‘What makes your session Unmissable for young people?