Online Course to Educate Coaches About People With Mental Health Problems
We've worked with Mind, UK Coaching and 1st4Sport to develop an innovative eLearning programme.
A new online training course aims to help coaches and sport and physical activity providers increase their knowledge of mental health.
The course is the result of a collaboration between us, UK Coaching, 1st4Sport and mental health charity Mind.
Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity is designed to equip people with the skills to support and engage people experiencing mental health problems, as well as impressing the benefits physical activity can have on a person’s mental health.
Mind have provided the mental health expertise, with our National Lottery funding enabling 1st4Sport to develop the course with coaching knowledge provided by UK Coaching.
And with one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, our head of coaching Stuart Armstrong has welcomed the programme.
“We know that those who take part in sport and physical activity have improved mental health and resilience across all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds,” he said.
“But too many people struggling with their mental health feel like they can’t take part and get active.
“Everyone should be able to access the huge benefits of an active lifestyle – especially those with mental health problems, as the impact regular activity can have on their lives can be that much more transformational.
“We are delighted to be working on such an innovative eLearning course and hope to see coaches and activity providers widen their skills to help build resilience, confidence and self-esteem, make their sessions more inclusive, support mental health recovery and tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.”
The course will focus on enabling coaches to welcome and support people living with mental health problems into the world of sport and physical activity, as well as increasing their knowledge of mental health problems, applying their learning into coaching practise and making their sessions more inclusive.
“We hope that convenient, accessible training for coaches will ultimately mean more people with mental health problems feel able to get active, as well as giving coaches more resources in their locker to look after their own mental health, as well as their peers,” said Hayley Jarvis, head of physical activity at Mind.
The online course, which costs £15+VAT, is available from UK Coaching’s websiteOpen in a new window, as well as 1st4Sport recognised centres – who can access the course for groups of learners and enjoy volume discounts.
Latest News from
New funding for Our Parks coaching project27/02/2020 10:20:00
The outdoors exercise programme is looking to increase their number of coaches from under-represented groups.
This Girl Can teams up with parkrun to celebrate International Women's Day25/02/2020 12:43:00
The tie up aims to increase the numbers of women and girls participating in the weekly 5km event.
More than 100 clubs helped by emergency storm relief fund24/02/2020 16:05:00
As sports facilities and organisations assess the damage from the recent storms, our fund is already helping many.
Further funding for youth volunteering24/02/2020 13:33:00
Three projects from our Potentials Fund get further financial aid as our partnership with the #iwill Fund continues.
Victims of Storm Ciara helped by emergency flood relief fund12/02/2020 10:33:00
Grants of National Lottery funding up to £5,000 could help repair damage to pitches and facilities.
£1 Million to Diversify The Sport And Physical Activity Workforce05/02/2020 13:05:00
National Lottery funding will be used to help create skilled and relatable coaches and volunteers.
'Sport For All' Highlights Deep-rooted Inequalities in Sport28/01/2020 12:43:00
People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are far less likely to be physically active.
This Girl Can Campaign Returns With New TV Advert15/01/2020 12:05:00
The film shows the raw, unfiltered reality of women exercising in whatever way that works for them.