Basingstoke Sports Council

Serving Basingstoke's sporting community for over 25 years.

Basingstoke & Deane Sports Coaching

Main contacts for the group are either the Basingstoke Sports Council Chairman Kevin Laing - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Borough Council Health & Well Being Officer Amy Sambell on 01256 845685 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Coaching Hampshire

The Coaching Hampshire & IOW website provides a wide range of professional services to support coaches with professional coaching development, as well as organisations and individuals involved with coach education and development, employment.

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Borough Council Coaching Action Plan

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council in partnership with a variety of local sporting agencies were previously progressing their Coaching Action Plan for 2006 - 2010


Sports coaches have a vital role in providing opportunities within sport at all levels from grass roots to elite participation. As the power of sport to deliver wider social benefits in health, crime and community engagement becomes more widespread the responsibility of sport coaches gains even greater significance. The revised coaching action plan has been developed to provide a co-ordinated approach to coaching across the borough that meets the needs and targets of each partner and ultimately the local community.


Coaching and coach education has been given a strategic direction through the Government Plan for Sport ‘Game Plan’ and the development of the UK vision for Coaching. Coaching has been acknowledged as central to the development of sport at every level from grass roots clubs to elite sport.

  • A number of key issues that will influence coaching over the next 10 years include:
  • A substantial increase in after-school and inter-school competition created through the Specialist Sport College programme
  • A growing demand for volunteer grass roots coaches
  • An increased need for talent development pathways, requiring coaches to work with talented and gifted athletes
  • A more structured approach to elite sport in the UK with the need for full time coaches
  • Pressure to improve access to the ‘coaching profession’ to under represented groups
  • An increase in sport programmes to tackle wider social issues (health, social exclusion, crime and disorder, and engagement) puts a greater emphasis on sports coaches.

The UK vision for coaching provides guidance and recommendations for the direction of coaching in the 21st century. The vision aims that by 2012 the practice of coaching in the UK will be elevated to a profession acknowledged as central to the development of sport and the fulfilment of individual potential.

By 2012 coaching will have:

  • Professional and ethical values and inclusive and equitable practices
  • Agreed national standards of competence as a benchmark at all levels
  • A regulated and licensed structure
  • Recognition, value and appropriate funding and reward
  • A culture and structure of innovation, constant renewal and continuous professional development.

The Vision

To create an environment that encourages the development of local coaches that are ‘fit for purpose’ and appropriately valued and supported to enable them to coach to their desired level, providing high quality sporting experiences to the local community.

The Vision is supported by four objectives:

  • Coach Identification and Recruitment
  • Education, Training and Development
  • Coach Employment and Deployment
  • Coach Retention and Recognition

Each objective has a number of key actions that show what, and how, each partner will contribute to the action plan. The document will be constantly reviewed and revised over the next five years by the coaching working group who will meet quarterly to ensure that the plan meets the needs of all partners and local coaches.

Key Actions to be progressed

Coach Identification & Recruitment

  • Review, update and maintain the local coaching database
  • Utilise the database to identify coaching gaps
  • Work with partners to identify training requirements

Education & Training

  • Establish the training needs of coaches
  • Assist with coaching for teachers
  • Progress the Step into Sport programme in Basingstoke
  • Support CSLA award scheme at schools and college
  • Utilise the Coaching Bursary Scheme to assist coach development
  • Develop coaching communication within the Borough

Coach Employment & Deployment

  • Establish a consistent approach within the Borough
  • Implement mentoring and CPD within local clubs
  • Promote good coaching practice

Coach Retention and Recognition

  • Promote and Celebrate the annual Coach of the Year Award
  • Raise the profile of coaching to parents, volunteers and the local community
  • There are obviously other issues to be progressed but this gives an idea of what is curently being undertaken
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