Children’s Personal Development Through Sport
Did sport positively help you grow into the person you are today?
If so, CONGRATULATIONS. Many of us had great experiences of growing up involved in sport and feel that it made a great impact on who we are and on the life-skills we posses. However, this is not always the case. SPORT IS NO MAGIC BULLET.
Lots of research shows that sport has great potential to deliver personal development, but for that to happen, sport has to be provided in certain ways and make sure that, where appropriate and possible, opportunities for growth are built into our practice.
This section will cover the latest thinking in this very important area and offers tips and ideas to help you coach in a more holistic way.
After all, for the vast majority of children, sport will not lead to fame and fortune, but it could provide them a great stepping stone into adulthood and a lifelong love for physical activity.
Credit: Birute Statkeviciene
The all too familiar sights (above) at the side of a kid’s sports competition, and the sounds to match. As an interested observer and listener I find it really interesting to watch and listen to these coaches, and I do wonder…which of the instructions, if any, do the players hear or process?...have the kids been supported and prepared for the situation they’re in, if so much instruction is needed?... and is the communication from the ‘side-lines’ helping the kids develop their decision making ability for the longer term?
Athletes perform best when they learn how to effectively handle competitive pressure. This is most evident in defining moments of important competitions when the consequences of mistakes are highest. Failure in these moments can often be traced to a lack of confidence, resulting in poor decision-making.
We now live in an age where it is common to see young athletes being pushed to play a single sport year-round. Why does early specialization persist despite all the scientific evidence and position statements by leading sport organizations to the contrary?
Dr Wade Gilbert explores this more here.
What makes for a good teammate...? And what can coaches do to help their athletes become one? In his first blog for iCoachKids, Dr Wade Gilbert offers a ton of tips and advice to help coaches create good teammates. Are your ready to take the CREDIT?
What does creativity mean for coaching? Nigel Hetherington tries to convince us in his new blog that We Are Not In Kansas Anymore! Are you ready to follow the yellow brick road?
Parents are the biggest resource available to coaches. Yet, they can also become a 'bone of contention' in your daily practice. In this blog Spanish acclaimed author, coach and sport psychologist Chema Buceta explains the motivations behind parents behaviours and encourages coaches and clubs to take responsibility to support and educate them. Priceless!
This PCA 1-on-1 interview features Paul Tough (@paultough) the author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on The New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.
In this podcast, Tough discusses two different "toolboxes" that help children succeed: the connection toolbox and the challenge toolbox.
Mistakes happen. Children, coaches and parents get upset. In this blog, coach and youth sport researcher Sergio Lara-Bercial opens his heart and soul to us to reveal his own struggles with keeping emotions in check and the strategy he has developed to get better at it.
In this blog USA-based Changing the Game Project founder John O'Sullivan analyses the current picture of youth sport and takes us back to basics. He argues that if we keep our focus on what draws kids towards sport in the first place - enjoyment - we cannot stray too far from the right path. Wise words.
The amazing gold medal winning performances in the recent Olympic Games at Rio brought to mind a topic that coaches and athletes think and dream a lot about but rarely really understand: Winning it all. And fewer still know how to prepare to do it.
Dr. Wade Gilbert discusses this more here.
In this short video, iCoachKids Project Supporter sportscotland gives coaches a quick introduction to the topic of Growth & Maturation and how it affects developing athletes. The video introduces the key challenges that Growth & Maturation pose for coaches and hints at some of the solutions. It also provides some very useful ideas in relation to how to adapt practice for different levels of ability or for athletes with different impairments.
This video is a promotional piece for 'Growth & Maturation', a 3-hour workshop part of the sportscotland Coach Connect professional development series for youth coaches. So don't worry if you can't make it to the beautiful Scotland, this video will set you on the right path when it comes to understanding your athletes' Growth & Maturation
Please visit the sportscotland Growth & Maturation pages here
This video produced by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents/spectators deteriorates when they wear their 'magic sports kit' -- i.e. when they compete. They talk about a range of bad adult behaviours and how these negatively impact on them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour. We must listen to them and act accordingly!
In this terrific clip produced by Sports Coach UK, the national lead agency for coaching in the United Kingdom, coaching children experts Alan Williams, Alison Tootill, C.J. Lee and Pete Sturgess, tell us why they got involved in coaching, why coaching children enthuses them and what they think children get from taking part in sport and coaching. Really inspirational stuff!
Sports Coach UK and Sport Scotland have developed this great animation detailing the 'Youth Physical Development Model' and what this means for the development of 'Fundamental Movement Skills'.
This research was commissioned by the CPSU for the purpose of safeguarding children and young people in sport and leisure facilities. Titled 'Summary of child development ages 8-11 years for the purposes of safeguarding children in sport and leisure facilities, this research details changes in children's cognitive, moral, social and physical development. Children develop at their own individual pace and some may mature more quickly in some areas of development than in others.
The report was authored by Dr Vicky Lovett of Swansea University
These safeguards outline the things that should be put in place by any organisation providing sports activities to children and young people.
The International safeguards for children in sport should be viewed as guides, which facilitate an organisation’s journey towards safeguarding children, rather than an end in themselves.
They reflect international declarations, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, relevant legislation, government guidance, existing child protection and safeguarding standards, and good practice.
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The What is Inclusion eBook is all about explaining and demystifying what is inclusion as it relates to people with disability and sport. The four contributors to this eBook (Martin Mansell, Eli Wolff, Steffi de Jong and Hamish Macdonald) have decades of experience between them and, in these interview transcripts, offer insights and practical advice that will further your understanding of inclusion.
This eBook was released in June 2012 by www.theinclusionclub.com. Please subscribe to their fantastic website.
In this eBook seven world leading practitioners explain what they do to create welcoming environments for people with disability where they work. The first point of contact is very important and can make or break inclusion. Discover more...
Another great infographic from Believe Perform offering wise advice for parents turned coaches. At your own risk!
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children grow and develop and what that means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand what children want from sport and how to give it to them.
sportscotland and the Winning Scotland Foundation, in cooperation with the Positive Coaching Alliance, have developed a national programme called Positive Coaching Scotland (PSC). PSC aims to culturally transform the way coaching is delivered to create a more positive environment and to support the development of life-skills through sport.