A typology of coaching, revisited — what is coaching (4a)?

As a follow-up to my attempt at a typology of coaching, I took a look at how CIMSPA — the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity — define the “Coach Practitioner”.

Coach Practitioners improve a participant’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs.

CIMSPA

And that definition of a coach as someone who provides “specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs” pretty much nails it, for me.

Not explicitly technical, or tactical, or physical, or psychological — just “specialised support and guidance”, which could be “any of the above”, or something else, entirely.

The full definition of a Coach Practitioner, taken from the Membership application page, further emphasises the coaching environment over tech/tac/phys/psych interventions.

Coach Practitioners improve a participant’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs.

  • You have an inspirational effect on individuals, groups and communities.
  • You lead the planning, preparation, delivery, continuous evaluation and review of a series of sport and/or physical activity sessions.
  • You ensure the culture and environment is designed to meet a participant’s welfare needs and allow them the opportunity to achieve their goals and meet their aspirations.
  • Your activity’s central focus is the participant’s development as a person.
  • You tailor and adapt to the participant’s needs whilst taking an inclusive approach.
  • You work with participants, other coaches, colleagues, volunteers, parents, teachers, youth workers and health professionals, to ensure the experience is the very best it can be.

Published by Andrew Beaven

Cricket coach, fascinated by the possibilities offered by the game. More formally - ECB level 2 cricket coach; ECB National Programmes (All Stars & Dynamos Cricket) Activator Tutor; Chance to Shine & Team Up (cricket) deliverer; ECB ACO umpire.

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