It is recognised and supported that coaches need to have certain knowledge and skills in order to coach safely and effectively; and be able to help children, players and athletes at all stages of their development. The knowledge and skills a coach needs to have/develop depends on:
Work is being done nationally on coach development pathways, and identifying Minimum Standards for Deployment. The latter is being achieved with a staged approach, starting with an overview of the current picture in sport around Minimum Operating Standards, stage two, a consultation, which will take place in the form of a on-line questionnaire, and will result in the generation of a report and recommendations for further stages. More information on this work will follow as it develops.
There are also a number of continuous professional courses on offer through County Sports Partnerships in the North West to help coaches gain some of the knowledge they need in their coaching/club administrator roles.
It is recognised that many of the courses on offer cover topics that is considered 'Good practice' for coaches to be aware of, such as 'Safeguarding and Protecting Children' and 'Equity in Your Coaching'.
It is also a requirement for clubs who are working towards or maintaining a Clubmark or NGB accreditation for their club to have club members and coaches who have attended some of these courses.