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An inspirational coach can help get the best out of people, encouraging them to play sport for life.

Coaching is at the heart of the work that Sport England does.

Sportscoach UK

Sportscoach UK, a charitable organisation, is the lead agency for coaching. It is currently implementing the UK Coaching Framework, which aims to create a world class coaching system by 2016.

As part of this work it has developed the UK Coaching Certificate. This certificate is awarded to coaching programmes after they are assessed to make sure that they:

  • advance coach education programmes and practices
  • support the development of coaching as a profession
  • show a commitment to review and develop existing programmes and practices

UK Sport also funds Sportscoach UK to develop coaching for high performance sport in the UK.

Coaching System Support Network

Sport England and Sportscoach UK are establishing a nationally co-ordinated Coaching System Support Network (CSSN) in England.

The CSSN will provide the national governing bodies (NGBs) of professional sports, county sport partnerships, local authorities, schools and other employers with local support to help them place coaches in both voluntary and paid positions in schools and clubs.

This network will also track, recognise and support coaches who have not been identified by NGBs, and will act as a link to NGB coaching programmes, club coaching and school sport coaching.

Coaching for young people

The PE and Sport Strategy for Young People includes a programme to improve the quality and quantity of coaching available through school sport.

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