Basingstoke Sports Council

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Coaching Forum & Action Plan

Basingstoke & Deane Sports Coaching Forum

The Basingstoke & Deane Sports Coaching Forum meets when required to discuss and progress sports coaching issues and initiatives within the Borough.

At present the group are compiling a database of local coaching contacts and planning some Sports Injury seminars for Autumn 2016. The Borough Council are also looking into arranging required coaching seminars and also provide Level 1 coaching bursaries.

Main contacts for the group are either the Basingstoke Sports Council Vice Chairman Jerry May - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 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 & Isle of Wight

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.

It's free and easy to register and coaches from Basingstoke & Deane are encouraged to do so. Once signed up, you'll automatically receive quartely e-newsletters and have access to a host of benefits. Use the site to:

  • Keep up to date with news, events and exciting projects such as Mission Possible
  • Profile your own experience by logging your coaching hours and creating a downloadable CV
  • Find a coaching job using the list of vacancies in Hampshire & IOW
  • Advertise a coaching vacancy as a recruiter, employer or deployer
  • Apply for funding towards qualifications
  • Search the calendar of county-wide coach education workshops
  • Access coaching resources such as practical advice from leading practitioners in the industry

Full information via the Hants & IOW website There is also a blog with latest coaching news, a presence on Youtube and they can also be found on facebook plus Twitter @coachingHIOW

Contact the County Coaching Development ManagerThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - 01962 846818

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 and will soon clarify the way forward with ownership from 2016.


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.

Local Background

Sport Hampshire and Isle of Wight have taken the lead in developing a Coaching Strategy for the County to achieve a common vision for coaching that meets both regional and national priorities for coaching. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Coaching Strategy 2006 – 2010 sets the framework from which the Basingstoke and Deane coaching action plan has been produced. This will ensure a coordinated approach to the future development of coaching within Basingstoke and Deane.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have previously recognised the importance of coaching and the influence coaches have to promote and increase sporting opportunities within the community. The Coaching Development Action Plan 2000 – 2005 was delivered in partnership with the Local Sports Council to ensure that coaching resources were fully utilised at local level to contribute to the delivery of the Sport and Recreation Strategy.

Key successes include; implementation of the Coaching Resource Centre in Basingstoke Library, administration of the Coaching Bursary Scheme, comprehensive programme of NCF and scUK coaching workshops, and recognition of coaches and volunteers through the annual sports awards.

The revised document has again been developed with the Local Sports Council but also with a number of key partners, including the School Sports Partnership, further education colleges, local clubs, and other leisure providers, to ensure a joined-up approach to coaching. Over the next five years the action will ensure that an infrastructure is in place to enable the council and partner organisations contribute to council plan priorities and to achieve their own targets and objectives through the contribution of coaches and clubs.

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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