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Coach Testimonials

Get practical advice from coaches who adopt child-first principles in their sessions. Learn how they collaborate with children and young people to create fun and engaging sessions.

Video Case Studies

We’re grateful to every coach who shared their stories, ideas and lived experiences of how they bring child-first coaching to life in their practice. None of us are perfect when it comes to coaching… but by sharing our knowledge and experience, we can all show up better for the children we coach.

Chance to Shine’s mission is to give all children the opportunity to play, learn and develop through cricket. The Children’s Coaching Collaborative visited a session in inner city Birmingham to see how coaches are utilising child-first coaching methods to help their participants thrive.

Tots Coaching are testament to the fact that the Play Their Way principles of Voice, Choice and Journey can be harnessed to coach even the youngest of children, ensuring their first impressions of sport and physical activity are healthy, enjoyable and holistic – giving them a foundation to continue being active from one to 100.

Children and young people take part in boxing for a variety of reasons: for fun, friendship, or fitness – possibly all three. Fight for Peace caters for everyone, whatever their motive for joining a boxing club.

Elsie and Ro from LS-TEN skatepark in Leeds talk about their experiences of coaching a varied group of young people. They share ways they help them develop not only in the sport, but as people.

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Our Philosophy

We believe that by making sport primarily about choice and engagement, children and young people will develop a genuine and lifelong love for being active.

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Session Planning

Discover why it is important to structure a coaching session and develop your expertise by browsing our resources, from tips for planning a child-first session to fun game ideas.

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Becoming a Coach

Whether you're new to child-first coaching or a seasoned pro, we're here to help you grow your skills and learn more about the responsibilities of being a coach.


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Whether as parents, coaches or young people, we all have a role to play in helping create a huge cultural shift in the way we engage children in physical activity, to help them become healthier and happier and to develop them as people

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