Are you responsible for helping coaches to learn and develop? Do you consider yourself to be a coach developer, a coach educator, a mentor, a tutor or somebody else who just wants to support coaches and enable them to become the best coach they can be?
This course is designed to support people like you. It is a course dedicated to developing the people who develop the coaches. It is particularly intended to support people who are just beginning to support coaches or those who want to develop their expertise in the role further.
The course is introduced by Lucy Moore and Stuart Armstrong of Sport England. Lucy is a Coach Development Manager and Stuart is Head of Coaching and Professional Workforce. Both are active coaches and coach developers. Listen to what they have to say about the course.
You will cover topics that examine how coaches learn, why it is important to build effective relationships, how to ask good questions and listen actively, how your status can influence the process of learning, and the skill of observing and providing feedback to coaches. You will also discover how coaches describe the qualities of an effective coach developer and how you can learn to improve the support you provide to coaches. By the end of the course, you should be more confident in your ability to support coaches and guide them towards developing their practice.
This course is also beneficial to those who develop, educate and train other people in the sport, exercise and physical activity sector. The course content will be relevant in supporting the learning and development of fitness instructors, officials, teaching assistants, sports leaders, activators and other volunteers.
The development of this course has been supported by a grant from Sport England and it contributes towards achieving the aims and aspirations of the Coaching Plan for England and The Professional Workforce Strategy for England.
Enrolling on the course will give you the opportunity to earn an Open University digital badge. Badges are not accredited by The Open University but they're a great way to demonstrate your interest in the subject and commitment to your career, and to provide evidence of continuing professional development.
Once you are signed in, you can manage your digital badges online from My OpenLearn. In addition, you can download and print your OpenLearn statement of participation – which also displays your Open University badge.
Open University would really appreciate a few minutes of your time to tell us
about yourself and your expectations for the course before you begin, in our
optional start-of-course survey. Once you complete the course we would
also value your feedback and suggestions for future improvement, in our
optional end-of-course survey. Participation will be completely
confidential and we will not pass on your details to others.
This course is endorsed by the CPD Standards Office . It can be used to provide evidence of continuing professional development but is not accredited learning. We are unable to provide formal learner verification services for participation in our open online courses, which are provided freely by The Open University as self-directed CPD.
Anyone wishing to provide evidence of their enrolment on this course is able to do so by sharing their Activity Record on their OpenLearn Profile, which is available before completion of the course and earning of the Statement of Participation.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the impact coach developers can have on coach learning and development
- appreciate the skills, knowledge and personal qualities that effective coach developers possess
- describe appropriate concepts and theories that explain the process of becoming a better coach
- reflect on and question personal current practices as a coach developer and how these practices can be improved
- consider how coach learning and development may evolve in the future and the implications this might have for coach developers.
First Published: 26/02/2019