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CIMSPA and UK Coaching launch coaching professional standards

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and UK Coaching have released the first sector professional standards related to coaching in the UK.

The new standards provide an agreed reference point of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of coaching assistants and coaches, informing the development of future coaching qualifications and training but also supporting the effective deployment of coaches.

The new professional standards for Coach and Coaching Assistant have been developed by employers, supported by CIMSPA, UK Coaching and national organisations such as Association for Physical Education, Youth Sport Trust and ukactiveKIDS, who along with others make up the sector’s Community Sport Professional Development Committee.

Speaking about the new professional standards Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said: “UK Coaching welcomes the launch of the first coaching professional standards. This is the start of a new era for coach development, qualifications and training that will give coaches clearer career pathways, a broader range of skills and help create an active nation inspired through great coaching.”

Spencer Moore, CIMSPA Director of Strategy added: “CIMSPA would like to thank all members of the committee for their contribution to this important sector-wide project. In particular we are grateful for the expert technical support of UK Coaching in developing these standards."

The development of the Coach and Coaching Assistant standards included direct consultation with a wide range of sporting bodies, before an open consultation with the wider sector.

Also launched were specialist standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Working with Children and Working in the School Environment (Outside of Curriculum). The five new standards are the latest additions to the Professional Standards Matrix led by CIMSPA which, when complete, will provide clear career pathways for sport and physical activity professionals.

Go backPosted on 25th June 2018