"As a small nation we have to make the best use of our
resources, including our people.
Our hopes and dreams of sustained sporting success cannot be
realised without the continued investment in our coaches and
Coaching plays a crucial role from supporting elite athletes to
excel on the world stage to encouraging local communities to get
fitter and enjoy sport; coaches provide the inspiration and
practical support to get Wales moving.
We have made considerable progress since the publication of the
Coaching Plan for Wales in 2005 and this strategy seeks to build on
existing successes, putting in place a framework within which we
will aim to deliver more and better supported coaches. We
want to challenge ourselves and our partners to engage more people
in sport and sustaining this engagement.
We want Wales to be a place where everyone who participates in
sport should have access to an appropriately skilled coach - a
Wales where all coaches are appropriately recruited, trained,
deployed and ultimately retained within sport.
Through the Behind Every Star campaign, Sport Wales is making a
dedicated effort to celebrate the work of coaches, and appeal to
people to get involved.
We're keen to build on this momentum, and rely heavily on our
partners to deliver the ambitious results we're aiming for. We
recognise that we need to raise the bar and be bold in our
aspirations. Coaches are crucial in achieving our two aims of every
child in Wales hooked on sport for life, and Wales becoming a
nation of champions. Working with our partners, I believe that this
strategy sets an ambitious course, but one that is achievable".
Laura McAllister, Chair, Sport Wales
Download Sport Wales' Coaching Strategy
By learning how to become a sports coach, you can benefit
yourself and others.
The development of sport through coaching spreads the positive
aspects of an active lifestyle throughout the community.
Coaching is a fulfilling experience. You'll soon realise why
so many people want to get involved in coaching.
Coaching in a town league is a great way to meet other people in
your community and get involved. You'll quickly get to know
other parents, coaches, volunteers and you'll feel more a part
of the community.
Coaching your own children gives you more time to spend with
them - on and off the field. You'll have one more thing in common
with your children and you'll have a common goal.
As their coach, you'll have some control over the types of
things they're learning, how they're being taught, and what they're
exposed to. If you've ever disagreed with the way an adult leader
has dealt with your child, or worried about his or her background,
you can mark that off.
Your child will love it. They may not say it or show it, but
kids like to see their parents involved in what they do. If you
decide to be a coach, you'll be doing it for yourself, your
community and your child.
Being a good coach is not just about having excellent
sports-specific and technical knowledge. The skill of effective
coaching lies in asking the right questions, having the right
attidtude and motivation.
How do your athletes like to learn?
Every National Governing Body of Sport (NGB) in Wales has a
structured coaching pathway which often looks like this:
Please note that you don't always have to start at the bottom of
the ladder and climb your way up, some coaches' can start at level
1 and sometimes level 2. The NGB for your sport will be able
to provide you with the opportunity to develop your coaching skills
to whatever level you desire.
Visit our NGB's
page for more information about coaching in your
National Governing Bodies (NGB's) are responsible for the
organisation of the entire sport from grassroots through to
Coaching is crucial to all NGB's, so if you want to get involved
in coaching or volunteering in a specific sport then
contacting the NGB direct is your best start.
They will be able to provide you with:
In addition to coaching information they will also be able to
provide you with overall information of that NGB and sport in
Visit your governing body for more infromation.
Every Local Authority (LA) in Wales has a sports
development team. They have a broad remit for developing
sporting opportunities at a local level, of which coaching and
volunteering play an important role.
Your local sports development team is a key contact in helping
you gain more information about coaching and volunteering
opportunities in your local community and help provide you with the
following types of information:
Visit your Local Authority for more
Sports Leaders UK awards and qualifications use the medium of
sport to help people to learn to lead. They learn the essential
skills of leadership: communication, organisation and motivation,
but in addition to this they grow in confidence and self belief.
The personal journeys that people undertake whilst learning to
lead, stand them in good stead for their future careers and life
For more infromation visit Sport
Dragon Sport is a Sport Wales initiative and is funded by the
lottery.Dragon Sport is designed to offer 7-11 year olds fun and
enjoyable sporting opportunities.
Liaising closely with schools and community sports clubs, Dragon
Sport is making a dramatic impact on sports participation by
encouraging children to become involved in a variety of organised
The scheme broadens the sporting interests of children who
already take part in sport and to involve children who currently
lack such opportunities outside of their school PE lessons.
Dragon Sport introduces children to coaching, skill development and
appropriate competition using versions of the adult game, modified
to meet their needs and skill levels.
A portfolio of eight modified sports is used in the scheme. The
eight Dragon Sports are:
Athletics, Cricket, Football, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby,
Whilst Dragon Sport is improving sports provision for 7-11
year olds across Wales, Dragon Sport also focuses on recruiting
parents and other volunteers as helpers to support the development
of after school and community sports clubs. You don't need any
experience as training and support is provided for all
The Dragon Sport Organisers workshop, of which attendance is a
requirement of the scheme, introduces volunteers to the programme
and provides great ideas on adapting and leading activities.
For more information visit Dragon Sport
5x60 is changing the face of provision of sport in schools and
transforming playing fields and sports halls into hubs of bustling
activity from daybreak to nightfall.
Through its Climbing Higher vision, the Welsh Assembly
Government has laid down the fitness gauntlet by setting the target
of seeing 90% of children taking part in regular and frequent
activity by 2020.
5x60 is rising to the challenge by helping to create the
environment necessary for children to take part in extra curricular
sport and physical activity on a regular basis.
Armed with a blank sheet of paper and a whole host of ideas,
5X60 officers speak to pupils before deciding on a programme of
That way, the pupils get a say in what they would like to do
whether it's dodgeball, cheerleading or netball or other
There are many activities to choose from to suit everyone. You
might decide to get some fresh air and head for the Great Outdoors.
Try mountain biking, hill walking and surfing.
5x60 provides schools with the opportunity to:
By getting involved in the 5x60 programme, young people
For more information visit 5x60
Please visit listed websites to find out more about coaching
sports coach UK
Welsh Sports Association
For classes or accommodation at the National Centre please contact 0300 300 3123