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06 Jun 2018 55

Major new inclusive coaching course launched for Coaching Week

A new eLearning course has been launched by UK Coaching and British Blind Sport for the inaugural Coaching Week, 4-10 June; a week-long, UK-wide celebration of great coaching.

The new course raises awareness of the crucial role coaches’ play in helping people with visual impairments (VI) overcome barriers to participation in sport and physical activity, complementing UK Coaching’s ‘Person-centred’ principle of great coaching.  

Figures from Sport England’s Active People Survey show that only 10.4% of people with a VI meet the Chief Medical Officers guidelines for physical activity. And according to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, ‘almost half of blind and partially sighted people feel “moderately” or “completely” cut off from people and things around them’, demonstrating the importance of sport and physical activity as a vehicle to reduce social isolation.

Coaching People with Visual Impairments is packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos that will increase coaches’ knowledge, assurance and skills of coaching participants with VI, ultimately, making their practice more inclusive.

The course is suitable for anyone coaching and is fully accessible to VI learners.

Logan Gray, National Partnerships Manager for British Blind Sport, said:

We’re really excited that the launch coincides with Coaching Week. The course is certainly an asset to those coaches who already deliver great coaching experiences, and want to do more to make their sessions inclusive. 

“The interactive learning experience will help coaches absorb information fast and feel more confident when coaching people with visual impairments in their sports and activity sessions.”

Beth Thompson, Head of Insight and Learning for UK Coaching, said:

Many people benefit from great coaching across the UK each year, and part of that is because coaches meet the needs and motivations of their participants.

“We’re proud to launch this new inclusive course with British Blind Sport because every person deserves to experience the benefits of coaching through sport and physical activity. Coaches that can adapt their sessions by continuously learning and challenging their knowledge, will keep their participants coming back and develop their sporting habit for life.”

Complete this course and you will feel more confident about including people with visual impairments in your sport and physical activity sessions.