SP0474 - Introduction to Sports Coaching

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to help you develop an understanding of the fundamental skills of effective coaching and their relavance within the coaching process. In doing so you will gain an understanding of the UK coaching industry and investigate the importance of the roles of an effective coach, characteristics of leadership, and the fundamental key practice and coaching skills of effective coaching. These will be underpinned by current theories and models associated with effective coaching. The module will address the differences in practice and examine participation and performance coaching. You will be given an opportunity to gain practical coaching experience and observe coaches in action within this module.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be delivered using a combination of lectures, seminar sessions, workshops and practical sessions. Direct and independent study will be strongly encouraged through the provision of reading lists, workshop tasks, preparation of coaching sessions and observations of coaches in action. The aim of the practical sessions will be for you to develop key effective practice skills and coaching skills by consolidating key theoretical and applied principles taught to practice contexts. At this level you will be required to coach your peers during practical sessions, leading to a mix between group peer and self-led external coaching at level 5. Taught content involves high involvement from both academic staff and students. Material introduced in the lecture practical, seminar and practical sessions will assist you in the completion of the assessment tasks.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All staff members of the module team will be available for individual pre-booked meetings. Additional support will include feedback from tutors during small-group seminars. In addition the module leader will respond to questions via the module’s discussion board (found on the eLP for this module) so that the whole group can benefit.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of an effective sports coach
2. Demonstrate an understanding of participation and performance coaching within the UK sports coaching industry.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Plan, design, deliver and critically evaluate a series of practical coaching sessions in relation to effective coaching skills that align with UKCC level one.
4. Recognise, professional, ethical, behavioural and safety issues related to sports coaching

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Describe, apply and evaluate relevant theories and concepts that develop an understanding of an effective sports coach

How will I be assessed?

1. Summative Assesment:

A. Online Coaching Blog (30%): For this assessment you will be asked to develop a SCUK style online blog that outlines current UK coaching trends within a participation or performance coaching domain. Further you will identify your role as a coaching in facilitating and enhacing these trends within the UK. (MLO 1, 2) (1000 words)
B. Practical assessment with VIVA (70%): For this assessment you will be assessed to deliver a coaching session to your peers in a sport of your choice. This will be in line with UKCC Level 1 criteria. You will need to produce a coaching session plan,and a risk assessment. Additionally you will be required to answer some questions on your progress as a coach and in relation to key theoretical principles of effective coaching (MLO 3,4,5) (15 mins)

2. Formative Assesment:

A. This will include a variety of practical coaching of group based peers as well as opportunities to enage in case studies, inclass workshop tasks relating to the devlopment of key practice and coaching skills and in-class group presentations.

Students will receive both tutor and peer feedback on the tasks supporting the student/s in their completion of the formative assessments.





Module abstract

“An introduction to sports coaching” aims to provide you with an understanding of the fundamental skills of effective coaching and their relavance within the coaching process. We aim to achieve this by providing you with an overview of the coaching industry, the roles of participation and performance coaches as well as demonstrating key practice skills (session planning. risk assesments, behaviour management) and key coaching skills (use of questionning, feedback, instruction, and demonstrations) as fundamental skills of effective coaching. Critical analysis of effective coaching models and theory will be encouraged and used to bridge the gap between theory and practice. The assessments within this module will allow you to engage in practical sessions as well as encourage a reflective process to enhance your development and understanding of key principles and theories of effective coaching skills in practice. This will be aligned with the UKCC level one coaching awards.

Course info

UCAS Code CX61

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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