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Coaching Matters: A review of Coaching and Coach Education in the United Kingdom

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Following an invite from the Hon Colin Moynihan, then Minister for Sport, a review panel was formed, under the chairmanship of Peter Radford, was formed and set to their task in the autumn of 1989. The chairman highlighted that “although coaching has been a major factor in the improvement in UK sport at all levels, its vouice has rarely been clearly heard and its advice rarely taken when major strategies have been planned”.

However Coaching Matters was not the start of the story!

Five years previous to the groups formation the debate began with the British Association of National Coaches and the National Coaching Foundation driving the formation of a coaching ‘think tank’ who published in 1987 ‘The Development of coaching in Britian’.  So Coaching Matters was building on previous work and recommendations on coaching, but by the end of the decade it was recognised that ‘while the value of coaching increasingley is being appreciated, many initiatives at local and national levels remain largely unstructured’. The Coaching Matters report was also set against an appreciation, then as it remains now, of any generally accepted policy for the identification, training, employment and deployment of coaches’!

The backdrop against which the Review Group were working included the new national curriculum in schools, compluory competative tendering in local authorities, the pending launch of the National Council for Vocational Qualifications and the new British Institute of Sport Coaches. The National Coaching Foundation had been busily promoting the need for a ‘common core knowledge in coaching’ including technical knowledge, clarity on ethical issues and understanding of participant development considerations.

Coaching Matters recognised and gave recommendations on how the various bodies involved in sports coaching should work together on the broad issues and principles that the report proposed. Challenging the four home country Sport Councils to take the contents of the report and, using it as a catalyst for change in the coming decade.

So published in 1991, with the endorsement of the four home country Sport Councils, the British Institute of Sports Coaches, representatives from sports governing bodies (Athletics, Football, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball and Hockey) as well as the British Olympic Association, Local Authority and input from Sue Campbell (Director of the National Coaching Foundation)

The rest is history… so what did they recommend, download to find out.....



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Editor's comments - [  This review of coaching in the United Kingdom, and its prospects for the future, was begun in autumn 1989 as the result of an invitation to the Sports Council from The Hon Colin Moynihan, then Minister for Sport.  ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (2012). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (2012)


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