The Herts Sports Partnership’s annual Coach Education Week is back and ready to train a workforce of coaches across Hertfordshire for 2021. Taking place between 15th and 21st February, the half term week aims to support sport and physical activity workforces to be suitably qualified in their quest to lead a more active and healthier county, while overcoming the dampening effects of coronavirus.
HSP has worked with a variety of providers including UK Coaching, Performance Hertfordshire, the Football Association, the Activity Alliance and others to provide a comprehensive programme of virtual and e-learning courses. Moreover, many courses come with official accreditation, including CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) points.
Coach Education Week 2021 organiser Chris Samways is proud to have brought together a programme with such fantastic opportunities for Hertfordshire coaches, under somewhat different circumstances. Chris said:
“Whether coaches are working in elite sport or engaging people who are new to being active, their impact in Hertfordshire is highly valued and Herts Sports Partnership wants to support them with our wide range of workshops and talks. Now, more than ever, the sport and physical activity workforce needs support to bring normality back and counter the after effects of recent months both on participants, and themselves.”
One of the main features of the week will be the ever popular ‘David Wray Memorial Lecture’, which is delivered by a high-profile coach and explores their own experiences of their sporting journey.
Chris continued: “A third lockdown is enormously disappointing for everyone in the sporting world – we hope that some will find the energy yet again, to use the time to equip themselves with additional soft skills and training. With the gap of inequality ever widening, we have tried to ensure that courses like ‘Understanding Young People from Low Socio-Economic Groups’ and ‘Understanding Unconscious Bias’ cater for the challenges coaches may newly face in training.”