The crucial contribution of coaching is not confined to elite athletes. Coaches at all levels must be valued whether in the school playground, the local club or at major international events. Coaches are people who motivate, encourage and inspire. Without them most performers would fail to reach their full potential. Coaching is central to the development of sport at every level
In March 2001, the Government published its Plan for Sport. Following this a Coaching Task Force was established to review the role of coaching. The Task Force report was published in July 2002 and the Government has committed £28m over the next three years to implement its key recommendations. A Coaching Project Board is overseeing this process.
The proposals will tackle the shortage of coaches, both professional and voluntary, and recognise coaching as a profession, with accredited qualifications and a real career-development structure.
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16 July 2004 - The Project Board issued a briefing note on the Community Sports Coach scheme, which is being implemented by Sport England. Community Sports Coach scheme PDF (58kb)
4 February 2004 - DCMS and the devolved announced the 22 sports (including six trailblazers) that have been invited to make up the first wave to implement the National Coaching Certificate.
Press notice - Fast-Track Future Outlined For New Coaching Qualification
7 January 2004 - The Coaching Project Board issued a briefing note on research being undertaken by MORI on behalf of sports coach UK.
Coaching Research Report PDF (254k)
27 October 2003 - DCMS announced the 31 sports that have agreed in principle to be considered for inclusion in the first wave of 20 to implement the National Coaching Certificate.
Press notice: 31 Sports Kick Off New Era for Coaching
8 October 2003 - Job vacancies: recruitment is taking place of the first 30 county-based Coach Development Officers. The closing date is 3 November. For further information about these new positions and the application process see the Sports Coach UK Website.
13 August 2003 - The Project Board issued a briefing note on the Community Sports Coach scheme, which is being implemented by Sport England. Community Sports Coach Scheme PDF (61kb)
11 August 2003 - The Project Board issued a new statement on the current position of its work. CTF Implementation - Position Statement PDF (61kb)
10 March 2003 - DCMS, in conjunction with sports coach UK, Sport England, UK Sport and the Central Council of Physical Recreation, held a consultation seminar with county sports partnerships, national governing bodies and other key stakeholders on implementing the recommendations of the Coaching Task Force.
Presentations from the seminar
24 February 2003 - The Project Board issued a statement on the current position of its work.
July 2002 - Coaching Task Force Report
Some of documents are available online in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.