British Taekwondo are proud to support UK Coaching Week 2021.
UK Coaching Week 2021 runs from the 7-13 June and is kicking off with the launch of ‘The Great Coaching Comeback’ – a year-long campaign aimed at directly supporting coaches as they return to coaching after pandemic restrictions have been lifted in the UK.
This week is designed to empower athletes, coaches, organisations, and the public to celebrate #GreatCoaching and encourage coaches to adapt and recover their space within the sport and physical activity sector.
Underpinning this week’s #UKCoachingWeek activity are the principles of Duty to Care (Safeguarding, Inclusion, Diversity, Well-being and Mental Health), which is why we are encouraging all coaches to earn their duty of care digital badge! To find out more, and earn your badge now click HERE.
UK Coaching is ‘Here for the Coach’. They represent their interests, help them develop their skills and celebrate the amazing impact they have on people’s lives and communities. Coaches are fundamental to the recovery of all nations, creating a healthier and happier society through leading sport and physical activity. The work of a great coach changes lives. UK Coaching helps coaches deliver outstanding experiences to individuals and communities, leading forwards with its commitment to duty to care. Grassroots clubs are the heartbeat of sport. They provide essential physical and personal development for children and young people – and coaches are at the heart of this vital provision. Coaches are at the centre of communities. They bring people together in a welcoming environment, providing connections and support to people and communities to be healthier and happier.
To learn more about UK Coaching’s campaign, click here.
We will be promoting UK 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.
To kickstart #UKCoachingWeek2020 we spoke to some British Taekwondo coaches about their coaching experiences!
Why did you become a coach?
One of my original instructors would have us in tears of pain and tears of laughter at the same time! The standard at the club was very high, but it didn’t feel like hard work because the lessons were so enjoyable, I wanted to be able to provide the same environment for future members. I was also bullied at school and took up Taekwondo so that I could defend myself. I wanted to make sure that no child went through the same experience, and give them the tools to prevent it.
Tony Butcher – Ickenham Taekwondo Club
What adversities have you overcome to become a coach?
The biggest adversities have been mental. Setting up a brand new club can be daunting and is a big step into the unknown. Having the resilience to keep going and the determination to succeed is essential for any martial artist but especially for coaches over the last year!
Sam Millne-Ellison – Kick-Kwondo
What does great coaching look like for you?
Great coaching is helping someone develop into a better Taekwondo student by being supportive, constructive and knowledgeable. It is also important to demonstrate this knowledge in an accessible and easy to understand fashion. Finally, being both an understanding coach and passionate about your job is extremely important to get the best out of everyone!
Sam Millne-Ellison – Kick-Kwondo
What advice would you give to new or aspiring coaches?
Coaching is teaching. Learn how to be a good teacher and make sure you have the technical knowledge to be a good coach. Be humble.
Kevin Westbrook – Waterside Taekwondo Club