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31 Oct 2018 79

UK Coaching named finalist for learning industry award

The Learning and Performance Institute (LPI) has announced the finalists for the 2019 Learning Awards, the learning sector’s annual celebration of outstanding achievement, best practice and excellence in corporate learning and performance.

UK Coaching has been named in the Learning Technologies Award, alongside Coca-Cola, Filtered, Fuse Universal & Hilti and International Workplace, for its new eLearning course, Coaching People with a Visual Impairment – produced in collaboration with British Blind Sport.

The 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.

But it is the innovative technology at the heart of the course that secured UK Coaching a spot on the shortlist. With screen reader capability, the piece of eLearning allows those with VI to complete the online learning independently.

UK Coaching’s Development Lead Officer for Learning Architecture Kelly Brown said:

We are honoured to be shortlisted by the LPI for this award. We are a small team and being named finalists alongside international organisations, such as Coca-Cola, is a fantastic achievement.

“We worked tirelessly with our partner British Blind Sport, and developer Gary Baldock of Everything eLearning, to produce an eLearning course that was interactive and engaging, and suitable for all.

“Our ‘inclusive by design’ approach has ensured that people with visual impairments can access great coach learning opportunities and can complete online learning independently. As far as we know, we believe it is the first of its kind in the coaching sector.” 

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.

The course is packed full of helpful tips, practical solutions and vibrant videos to help coaches increase their knowledge, assurance and skills of coaching participants with VI, ultimately, making their practice more inclusive.

LPI’s Learning Awards consist of 15 categories, and this year attracted hundreds of entries from around the globe. The awards ceremony will take place at The Dorchester on the 7 February 2019 in London.

Shortlisted entries will now be required to present their submissions to a panel of independent judges during judging week, hosted at the RICOH UK in London later this month.