Coaching & Education

Learning and Education

If SDS is to raise and improve standards, ensure the enjoyment of members and develop young people, athletes and players to their full potential, then skilled coaches operating at all levels are essential.

SDS plans to develop, co-ordinate and deliver a range of coaching services throughout Scotland in conjunction with major partner agencies.

SDS will continue to work in partnership with Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Authorities, Regional Sports Partnerships, Local Sports Councils, the Higher and Further Education Sector and others to implement a wide spectrum of coaching, tertiary education and development opportunities.

Shona Malcolm coaching visually impaired athlete

Coaching Matters High Performance Coaching Conference workshop

Ruari Davidson

Judo coaches

Education and Coaching is one of SDS’s key strategic areas with the principal aim of providing opportunities for all coaches, officials, volunteers and staff to gain further skills, knowledge, expertise and understanding. SDS will make this happen by:

  • Implementing appropriate actions from the Coaching Scotland and Volunteering in Sport frameworks.
  • Working towards embedding inclusion in all education, development and delivery.
  • Supporting the training, development and learning of all facilitators within the delivery network.
  • Supporting the expansion and development of performance coaches.
  • Creating development opportunities for staff, coaches, officials and volunteers.
  • Further developing links with tertiary education.
  • Supporting SGBs to embed inclusive principles and practice in their coaching qualifications.
  • Raising the profile and importance of classification as a tool for development in disability sport.

The impact will be:

  • 750-850 coaches, leaders, officials and volunteers will have participated in training, education and development on an annual basis.
  • UKDIT delivered to the education and sports sectors in all Scottish local authorities.
  • Increased number of performance coaches and volunteers at regional and national level, supporting athletes and players with a disability.
  • More tertiary education establishments accessing disability education and development.
  • Quality assured tutor workforce.
  • Research conducted to influence practice.

The role of sportscotland is to advise partners on the development and implementation of the coaching framework. SDS supports the coaching framework key actions through its strategic plan.

sportscotland has five key areas to deliver the framework:

  1. The coaching model in Scotland;
  2. Front-line coaching;
  3. Support for coaches;
  4. A professionally regulated vocation;
  5. Research and development.

For the full Coaching Scotland framework document please see the sportscotland website.