As we gradually start to move out of lockdown, supporting children and young people to reintegrate back into sport will be an area that governing bodies and clubs have been planning. It is essential that this incorporates and gives proper attention to child wellbeing and protection considerations.
Re-connecting with each other
Experiences of lockdown will have varied significantly for children and young people. Many families may not have had access to a garden or a safe space to enable children and young people to continue exercising. There may have been limited access to devices and online facilities to connect with friends or even to do schoolwork. Parents and carers may have been unable to offer the support they normally would due to other competing priorities during this time. Rather than home being a safe and secure environment, for some children it may have been chaotic and stressful. Some families entered lockdown with already complex needs and the pressure of living in this new way will have made those needs even more challenging.
We need to acknowledge that individual experience may influence the readiness for children to get back into sport. Some may be excited and motivated to pick up where they left off but for others, the return to sport might be a more difficult transition and it may take longer for them to adjust. For some children or young people with a disability, too, they may return to sport later due to the need to self-isolate for longer or when they do return, they may need to take extra precautions.
Coaches will have a key role in providing a welcoming and safe space for all children and young people when they return to sport. They will be influential in supporting and promoting children’s wellbeing during this time and taking the individual needs of each child into consideration.
Coaches will have the additional role of supervising a new set of rules regarding social distancing measures so will need to ensure this is done in a positive manner. An emphasis on fun and enjoyment from the outset will be critical here. The sport should be a place where children and young people can come and really connect with others and feel able to relax and enjoy themselves, rather than be put under pressure about personal bests, making the team or future competitions.
The first session where children and young people come together could be used to let them talk about their experiences of lockdown and what their worries might be in coming back into sport.
The Coach My Sport multi skills program will be run in a non competitive climate, although there will be games they will challenge the children where they can flourish and develop to max capacity.
develops skills for each sport by unique fun drills
is an invaluable addition to any sport specific program
creates the fun play environment children love
delivers energetic sessions for kids of all levels
What our program will deliver
Developing motor skills for life and any sport
Ensure a stable physical foundation
Enhancing Self Confidence
Developing Social skills
Meet and make new friends
Fun and enjoyable environment
Structured & progressive programmes
Friendly, healthy, active kids
Coach My Sport delivers a motor development program 'For Sports Fun & Success' for children aged 3 - 11.
We believe each child deserves high quality coaching & training in every situation.
Coach My Sport has the power to make children fond of moving, putting them on track to benefit from the many wondrous advantages of movement and the psychomotor development.
“Psychomotor” development refers to changes in a child's cognitive, emotional, motor, and social capacities from the beginning of life throughout fetal and neonatal periods, infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
The underlying idea of Coach My Sport is to enhance the motor competence, increase motor learning and stimulate a wide range of motor abilities at the fullest.
Cognitive development means how children think, explore and figure things out. It is the development of knowledge, skills, problem solving and dispositions, which help children to think about and understand the world around them. Brain development is part of cognitive development.
The program will help with health benefits (including obesity and lack of activity), increase hours of weekly activity, develop a love of sports through participation (bite size) and social skills. Provide a great environment for children to meet and make new friends and increase their confidence.
Tony has completed his MSL Certification training to go with his MultiSkillZ Certificate
plus a Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical activity through 1st4Sport Learning.