UK Coaching has launched a new toolkit that will ensure the nation’s coaches are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide great coaching experiences to others, and support them as coaches to better look after themselves as they return to coaching after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.
The Duty to Care Toolkit, which will be available on UK Coaching’s learning and development platform, ukcoaching.org, has come to fruition after extensive consultative support from a range of partners and coaches across the UK.
As a coach, you have a duty to care for every individual you support and interact with. This should be the golden thread that runs through every aspect of your coaching, as you strive to meet people’s physical, social, emotional and psychological needs.
UK Coaching has established a unique Duty to Care approach to galvanise the coaching sector to fulfil their obligations around the Duty to Care ethos, the principles of which underpin great coaching.
With recent months having put an immense strain on people’s physical and mental well-being, the Toolkit has been designed to support you to support the people you coach, whilst simultaneously giving you the knowledge and skills to better look after your own health and well-being.
The Toolkit will give you the confidence to embrace and adjust to the changed coaching landscape because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Toolkit comprises of the UK Coaching Duty to Care ‘Digital Badge’ and supporting coach learning resources set across the five distinct pillars of Duty to Care:
To earn the Duty to Care ‘Digital Badge’ you must successfully complete the five free Knowledge Checks.
There is an extensive suite of learning around each pillar, with five separate pages signposting you to the most relevant resources to help you refresh and grow your knowledge around each theme.
There is no set learning process, so coaches can embark on the Knowledge Checks or the learning whichever way round they like.
Why Get the Badge?
The badge provides:
So, what are you waiting for? Enrol online today
The findings of Baroness Grey-Thompson’s Duty of Care in Sport review coincided with UK Coaching’s plan to devise a product that ensures coaches are sufficiently equipped to deliver great coaching – and thereby, inspire their participants to develop lifelong active lifestyles and ensure athletes’ welfare is at the top of their priority list.
UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching Emma Atkins, said:
“We are ecstatic about the launch of our new Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge, which supports coaches by enabling them to show their commitment to great coaching, and to continue to improve the coaching experience people receive.
“In the coronavirus era, coaches have a big part to play in their communities, lifting the mood and boosting the physical, social, emotional and mental health of the nation. More than ever before, we need to look after our participants regardless of where they are on their sport and physical activity journey. The last few months have put an unimaginable strain on people’s physical and mental well-being, and thus, we are seeing a society desperate to return to sport and exercise. We know that many coaches are wanting to return to coaching too, but they want the reassurance that they can do this safely and confidently.
“Many of the nation’s coaches, whether they’re grassroots or elite level, need support and learning opportunities so they can effectively look after the well-being of their participants, as well as their own too.
“At UK Coaching, we pride ourselves in supporting coaches who transform the lives of individuals and communities to help create a happier and healthier society. This extensive toolkit will help all coaches thrive in their role, which is essential if we are to navigate this uncertain time together and get the nation back on its feet.”
As you return to coaching, refuel your great coaching skills.