Get Inspired: How to get into Coaching

On the face of it, coaches help people of different ages and abilities to develop and improve in sport, but actually they do much much more.

Most people starting a new activity need extra motivation and encouragement. A coach's support and enthusiasm can make a huge difference to the enjoyment and participation in an activity.

With the right training, a coach can help to develop important life skills in their players such as team work, respect, goal setting, confidence and control.

There are many different reasons to become a coach, and the good news is that you don't have to have had a sports background to start. Many people get into coaching as a way of giving back to their community. Inspired to be a coach yet?

Why is it good for you?

Coaching is a great way to express your passion for a sport and be actively involved instead of standing on the sidelines.

It is not only exciting and self-satisfying but you can have a positive influence on people's lifelong involvement in sport. It will also help you to keep active, both mentally and physically.

There are many ways in ways to get involved, such as helping your local club, getting involved in your children's sporting activities or even helping to support the next elite sports star!

It's social, it's helpful and it keeps you on your toes.

Get Involved

The best starting place for trying out coaching is to assist a coach. Most coaches will be grateful for any help you can give. So why not try it out? What do you have to lose?

In England, contact your nearest county sports partnership, in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland contact your home country sports council.

coach with members of his team

If coaching is something that interests you, follow @sportscoachUK on Twitter and look out for tweets using #comeintocoaching

sports coach UK has developed some great, practical information to give you the confidence to get involved: where to coach; questions to ask before getting involved; skills and qualities needed to be a good coach; what would be expected of you when you first start out.

Here is just a sample of the useful resources:

Skills and Qualities of an Effective Coach Top Tips 

How to Become a Coach Top Tips 

How to Assist at Your Child's Sport Session Top Tips 

Coaching Methods (video) 

What coaches have to say

"The most satisfying part of being a coach has to be seeing the little smiles on the kids' faces when they are having fun, whilst they are learning and improving their skills."

Cycling coach, Caitlin Tromans

"I can't pinpoint a day or event where I decided to begin coaching, so the trigger was probably a combination of things: realising there is more to life than work and Game of Thrones, seeing that a lack of javelin coaching in my home town 15 years ago had turned into a complete absence, my waistline. Whatever it was, something clicked and I decided now was the time."

Javelin coach, David Turner

I hated PE at school. I was clumsy, awkward, and always picked last for the team but I was lucky to discover my local rowing club when I started secondary school, and from then on I grew to love sport and understand the difference it can make to your life…I have a life that continues to be filled with incredible experiences, friendships and opportunities thanks to some of my coaches which is why I spend my evenings and weekends coaching. I know I can be part of creating a more fulfilling life for my athletes.

Rowing coach, Rachel Hooper

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What Next?

If you are thinking of starting coaching, complete this short online survey  by sport coach UK. It will help them and their Partners understand the demand for coaching and the support you require on your journey to becoming a coach. The survey gives you the option to keep your responses confidential, or permission to share with Partners of sport coach UK.