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Coaching others to coach (FREE online training) Icon

Coaching others to coach (FREE online training)

Are you responsible for helping coaches to learn and develop? Do you consider yourself to be a coach developer, educator, a mentor, a tutor and enable them to become the best coach they can be? This FREE course is designed to support people like you. It is a course dedicated to developing the people who develop the coaches. It is particularly intended to support people who are just beginning to support coaches or those who want to develop their expertise in the role further. PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE DELIVERED AS A VIRTUAL (ONLINE) SESSION


Coaching others to coach (FREE online training)

The Open University and Sport England have partnered to deliver a free online course to educate and develop sports coaches, officials, instructors and activity leaders. Available on the OU's free learning platform, OpenLearn – 'Coaching Others to Coach' launches on 8 July and can be studied by anyone at any time.

Developed in consultation from UK Sport, UK Coaching and leading practitioners from various National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and supported with National Lottery funding, the Badged Open Course (BOC), that has a digital badge awarded on completion, is aimed at professional and volunteer coach developers. The course covers 8 topics:

  1. What do coach developers do?
  2. How do coaches learn?
  3. How do you build effective learning relationships?
  4. Becoming self-aware of power in your role
  5. Developing your teaching repertoire and skills
  6. Asking good questions and listening actively
  7. Effective observations and feedback
  8. Refreshing coach development for the digital age.

The course is dedicated to developing the people who develop sport coaches. It is particularly intended to support people who are just beginning to support coaches or those who want to develop their expertise in the role further. You will cover topics that examine how coaches learn, why it is important to build effective relationships, how to ask good questions and listen actively, how your status can influence the process of learning, and the skill of observing and providing feedback to coaches. You will also discover how coaches describe the qualities of an effective coach developer and how you can learn to improve the support you provide to coaches. By the end of the course, you should be more confident in your ability to support coaches and guide them towards developing their coaching practice.

There will be numerous opportunities to check your learning. This includes interactive quizzes, of which Sessions 4 and 8 will provide you with an opportunity to earn a badge to demonstrate your new skills. You can read more on how to study the course and about badges in the next sections.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the impact coach developers can have on coach learning and development
  • appreciate the skills, knowledge and personal qualities that effective coach developers possess
  • describe appropriate concepts and theories that explain the process of becoming a better coach
  • reflect on and question personal current practices as a coach developer and how these practices can be improved
  • consider how coach learning and development may evolve in the future and the implications this might have for coach developers.

Booking: Click on the link below to book, once you have booked the course you can complete it in your own time.


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