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Building Values-Based Learning and Pedagogy in Sports Coaching

About the Project

Engagement in sport benefits health and wellbeing, but joining a sports club can be daunting. On the flip side, coaching participants of mixed abilities can be challenging. This project aims to create a coaching training course, online resource bank and community of practice for SU sports societies’ executive members that coach (referred to as ‘student coaches’ thereafter), to support and build their confidence, knowledge and skills in their coaching role (which includes delivering training sessions). This will ultimately lead to SU sports club members being able to learn a new sport in a safer, engaged and more inclusive environment.

Our Aims

This project aims to create a coaching training course, online resource bank and community of practice for SU sports societies’ executive members that coach (referred to as ‘student coaches’ thereafter), to support and build their confidence, knowledge and skills in their coaching role (which includes delivering training sessions). This will ultimately lead to SU sports club members being able to learn a new sport in a safer, engaged and more inclusive environment.

Planned Outputs

  • Provide a face to face training experience to equip student coaches with coaching best practices based on: pedagogical principles (e.g., how to and why create a ‘session’ plan, active learning strategies, conceptualising a macro plan for a semester synonymous with a constructively aligned curriculum); inclusive practice; leadership & safeguarding skills and differentiation (e.g., how to accommodate participants of different experiences and abilities). A strong values-based thread will include how to deal with inappropriate behaviours from participants, signposting the current Active Bystander Training. An opportunity for participants to meet other student coaches will build a community of practice.
  • Build a Moodle site with supporting resources, readily accessible to student coaches, from sports specific resources to more general practices.
  • Create a ‘Facilitator manual’ which will allow continuation and sustainability of the training programme beyond this initial year

Project Impact

Learning outcomes and student experience will be enhanced at two levels.

Firstly, the resource will equip student coaches with leadership, safeguarding, values-based and pedagogical skills that can be used within and beyond their coaching role. The training session will develop reflective practice skills in coaches, allowing them to reflect on their experiences, adjust their approach and potentially seek further coaching qualifications.

Secondly, creating an inclusive, safe and structured training environment will encourage students to take on new sports and experience a more active lifestyle. This can in turn improve their mental health and enhance their experience at Warwick.

Project Lead

Amy Stickels

Warwick Foundation Studies (WFS)

Project Co-Lead

Youn Affejee

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG)

Staff

  • Sara Hattersley
  • Oliver Turner
  • Jane Bryan
  • Pierre Botcherby
  • Sam Parr
  • Emma Birch

Students

  • Tim Vos