British Blind Sport supports Coaching Week 2019

British Blind Sport is proud to be an official partner of UK Coaching’s Coaching Week for the second year running, raising awareness of the important role coaches play in helping people with a visual impairment (VI) lead active and independent lives.

This year, the campaign focusses on highlighting the effect that great coaching has on combatting loneliness and isolation, integrating communities and helping disabled people grow in confidence - three outcomes which can help improve the lives of people living with sight loss.

Throughout the week, British Blind Sport will be sharing useful tips on how to make sport more accessible for people with VI, as well as sharing inspirational stories of #GreatCoaching and promoting the positive impact that coaches have on the lives of people with sight loss. British Blind Sport will also be highlighting the inclusive coaching resources housed on the BBS website including the international award winning e-learning course: Coaching People with a Visual Impairment.

UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon said:
“Coaching Week aims to help people understand that coaches are pivotal figures within their communities and crucial to delivering an active nation. That’s why we pledge to provide resources for coaches to develop their people skills and ultimately benefit their communities, build rapport and connect with people.”

As part of the campaign UK Coaching will release a series of videos to demonstrate the effect #GreatCoaching can have on:
• crime prevention
• combatting loneliness
• integrating communities
• helping disabled people grow in confidence
• and creating the conditions for today’s communities to thrive.

Leading by example, UK Coaching has announced its #GreatCoachingPledge to galvanise policymakers, organisations, coaches and the public to support #GreatCoaching.

One way in which coaches can make a pledge is to commit to the Principles of Great Coaching, launched during the inaugural Coaching Week. These are based on the acronym PEOPLE and support UK Coaching’s view on the importance of coaching the person in front of you. Research from the organisation’s 2017 survey found that nearly 60% of participants looked for a coach who understands their specific needs.

UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching, Emma Atkins said:
“This Coaching Week, we want to celebrate Great Coaching, thank those who deliver it and provoke everyone to make a pledge to continue to help, support and improve coaching. Whether you are a parent who supports great coaching from the side lines or someone who is supported by a great coach we all have our part to play to ensure that our communities thrive due to great coaching.”

British Blind Sport’s Partnerships Manager, Logan Gray said:
“British Blind Sport recognises the important role coaches play in creating safe environments for people with VI to participate in sport and recreational activity and in combatting many of the social barriers facing the 2 million people living with sight loss in the UK, including loneliness, isolation and low confidence. BBS is joining the conversation to help celebrate great coaching whilst also demonstrating how activity deliverers can adapt their sessions to make them accessible for people with VI.”

Coaching Week is not exclusive to the world of sport and physical activity. Everyone can get involved – from schools to charities to businesses.
Head to ukcoaching.org/greatcoachingpledge to make your #GreatCoachingPledge for Coaching Week 2019 or join in the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CoachingWeek and #GreatCoaching.