This week we celebrate UK Coaching Week 2020!

British Taekwondo will be supporting UK Coaching’s ‘Support Your Coach’ campaign for Coaching Week from 14th – 20th September. 

The awareness campaign – which empowers athletes, coaches and the public to celebrate great coaching – will centre on the need to ‘Support Your Coach’, kicking off with the #GreatCoachingPledge that will call on the nation to give some of their own time, sharing thanks and support for the coaching community. 

Sport and physical activity has been, and will continue to be, integral to the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic by having a positive impact on people’s mental and physical well-being, and the coaching workforce has been instrumental in supporting communities across the UK to stay active over the last four months of lockdown restrictions. 

UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching Emma Atkins, said:

“Coaches have been absolute heroes keeping us active, connected and motivated both before the pandemic and during the period of isolation and disruption caused by the lockdown.

However, bubbling under the surface is a feeling of disquiet. We know some grassroots coaches – and elite too for that matter – are struggling with the perceived lack of support right now, so we want to ask the public and anyone who benefits from sport and physical activity to say thank you and pledge their time to support their coach or coaches.

As restrictions are eased and more of us return to play, we will turn to coaches and expect them to integrate new controls to keep us all safe, so let’s ensure that we recognise and support our coaches across the UK for the vital work that they do.”

UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon, said:

“We are committed to doing everything we can to support the nation’s coaches so they can provide person-centred, great coaching experiences, which is why last month we released our Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge that helps coaches stay current with their learning and development and confident as they return to coaching.

Great coaching was here before the coronavirus crisis, has been here through it and will be here as we recover. We’re calling on the entire sports sector and the nation to collaborate with us and help us celebrate and support coaches.”

To learn more about UK Coaching’s campaign, click here

 

British Taekwondo will be promoting the ‘Support Your Coach’ campaign during Coaching Week on our social media channels, so please make sure you are following all of our channels!

Twitter – @Brittaekwondo

Facebook – @Britishtaekwondo

Instagram – @Britishtaekwondo

During this week, we are asking our members and their families to support their local coaches anyway they can.

We are encouraging you to share the positive impacts your coach has had on your life, health and lifestyle since taking up Taekwondo, by posting on your social media channels (don’t forget to tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #MyBTCoach).

We also ask that you share the ‘Support Your Coach’ campaign with as many people as possible and do your bit to ensure your coach(es) and other coaches around the country get the recognition and support they deserve.

 

To kickstart #UKCoachingWeek2020, we spoke to some British Taekwondo coaches about their coaching experiences, why they coach and what inspires them to keep going!

Why did you become a coach? 

I wanted to inspire others to become the best version of themselves through sport. The discipline and indomitable spirit that taekwondo teaches was key to my own personal development, so I when I coach, I want to create that supportive, encouraging environment which allows athlete growth. 

Sanjida Faiza – WTA JM Taekwondo, Greater Manchester 

What is the best thing about being a coach? 

To be able to pass on the values and techniques to my students that I was once taught by my Taekwondo masters over a long period of time. To also continue that legacy of core taekwondo from first principles to modern day sport taekwondo is so important. 

Alan Lee – Taekwondo Cymru, Wales 

What advice would you give to new or aspiring coaches? 

If setting up your own club, secure a suitable venue with adequate facilities and enough footfall from your surrounding areas to sustain and grow the club. Seek 

advice from BT and other coaches with regards to setting the club up efficiently, planning classes and setting realistic goals for the club and the members. 

Peter Stewart – Lisburn Taekwondo, Northern Ireland 

Which coach or person really inspires you and why? 

Currently my biggest motivation is my club community as they place their unconditional trust in me to help them develop in the sport and seek support and guidance in other areas of life. This really inspires me to be true to my values, moral and principles, stay focused on my vision and mission and always keep pushing forward to better support the people who come in to my environment to be the best that they can be. This certainly keeps me on my toes and I am always striving to further develop myself to provide better support and opportunities. 

Siva Ramasamy – Gurumu Taekwondo, London 

 

Click on the photo below to see a selection of photos sent in by some of our coaches, showing some of the hard work everybody has been up to over the last couple of weeks!