This weekend 200 of the country’s most promising young coaches will be developing their skills at the three-day National Youth Coaches Academy at Loughborough University, helping them inspire the next generation of athletes.
With £280,000 of investment from Sport England through the Youth Sport Trust for the development of coaches, the Academy gives these promising sports coaches the opportunity to develop and improve their personal coaching styles and skills through a range of workshops and sessions on instruction, observation, analysis and feedback.
Featuring coaching across athletics, badminton, basketball, boccia, football, hockey, rugby union, swimming, table tennis and volleyball, the Academy will help the young coaches identify what they want to achieve as a coach, the steps they need to take and who can support them along their coaching journey.
At the end of the three-day event, the governing bodies of the 10 sports will be supported to identify, recruit and train a team of mentors to work with the young coaches on an on-going basis. They will also provide continued development support around sport specific Young Coach Academy’s.
Running alongside the Academy is the Youth Sport Trust’s National Talent Camp, where 90 promising sport stars of the future will be put through their paces and learn what it takes to become elite sports performers. Double Paralympic Gold Medallist, Hannah Cockroft and Olympic sprinter and Youth Sport Trust ambassador, Darren Campbell will be supporting the camp and sharing their stories of success and challenges they have faced on the road to elite sport.
The young coaches will join the athletes on the talent camp for a joint opening and closing address, which will provide an opportunity for them to share the lessons they’ve learnt with the young talented sports stars that they may well go on to support and coach in the future.
All youngsters will hear from guest speakers including coaches from the England RFU Coaching team, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree; sports psychologist, Robbie Anderson; and mountaineer Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.