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4 February 2004
Fast-Track Future Outlined For New Coaching Qualification
Twenty-two sports part of first wave of National Coaching Certificate

The revolution for sports coaching in the UK continues apace as 22 sports have been formally invited to be part of the first wave to implement the new National Coaching Certificate (NCC).
UK and Home Country governing bodies for six of the 22 have also been asked to act as trailblazers to test the new NCC system.  The six - athletics, cricket, rowing, rugby union, swimming and triathlon - would be fast-tracked so they could report back on how it is working and help to modify the process to ensure it works best.  These sports would be in a position to offer NCC qualifications during 2006.
Sports Minister Richard Caborn welcomed the move for the NCC, saying:
"Improving the number and ability of coaches is a vital part of our plan to improve sports provision in the UK.  The NCC will give coaches a nationally recognised and transferable qualification for the first time.
"This wide range of sports will help us look at how best to take through this crucial stage for coaches across the UK."
The NCC is being developed by sports coach UK, working with sports governing bodies, UK Sport and the Home Country Sports Councils.  The move was welcomed across the UK.

Northern Ireland Minister Angela Smith said:
"The National Coaching Certificate will ensure that the standard of coaching and coaches in Northern Ireland is improved in line with the rest of the UK in the long term, and this should ultimately lead to a rise in sporting standards across the Province."
Alun Pugh, Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport in the Welsh Assembly Government, said:
"Wales welcomes the introduction of the NCC.  It will bring in improvements in the education, training and qualification of coaches throughout the UK.  In addition, the consistency in approach across sports and across borders will make it easy for everyone to understand.
"Clubs and schools in Wales are dependent on thousands of volunteer coaches, and it is very important that we give them the best possible support while also providing parents with a system which makes it simple for them to understand the qualifications of those entrusted with the care of their children."
Frank McAveety, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in the Scottish Executive, said:
"I welcome today's announcement on the National Coaching Certificate.  The supply of appropriately qualified coaches is essential to the delivery of the Executive's commitment to the development of sport in Scotland.  It will also allow us to help develop the crucial links between schools and clubs which are essential for the success of the Active Schools Programme."

Notes to Editors
1.  Following the DCMS Sports Summit on 14 July 2003, expressions of interest in participating in the National Coaching Certificate were sought from the governing bodies of 31 sports.  In the light of the overwhelmingly positive responses received, Richard Caborn announced on 27 October 2003 that all of those sports had agreed in principle to be considered for the first wave of implementation.
2.  The 22 first-wave sports are: athletics, badminton, basketball, canoeing, cricket, cycling, equestrian, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, netball, rowing, rugby league, rugby union, sailing, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis and triathlon.
3.  The remaining nine sports, which will receive non-financial support to enable them to lead the second wave of implementation, are: angling, archery, bowls, karate, mountaineering, movement/dance, orienteering, rounders and volleyball.
4.  sports coach UK is the only organisation with the sole remit of developing coaching and coaches throughout the UK. The work scUK is not linked to one particular sport, rather, it recognises the important role played by coaches in sport of all kinds, including supporting the fight against poor health and obesity, drugs, crime and other antisocial behaviour, as well as building strong sporting communities and clubs. Whether coaching the champions of the future or enabling more coaches to offer more opportunities for people to take part in sport, scUK helps to ensure all coaches are equipped for the role. To find out more about the work of scUK visit http://www.sportscoachuk.org/ or call 0113 274 4802.

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