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Transition Year Sports Coaching Module

Area of Study:

Personal Achievement

Course Overview: 

This Sports coaching module prepares the student to develop basic coaching skills before they work with students from local primary schools for a number of weeks.

In their preparation, they undergo an extensive programme, learning practical and theoretical aspects of coaching basic skills to younger students.

During the course , students have the time to step outside of their comfort zone and in doing so improve their communication and organisational skills and learn to think creatively.

The course also helps foster good relationships with local sports clubs and particularly neighbouring primary schools.

Related Learning:

The Course links with the Invasion games and divided court games strand of the primary education cycle and the organisation and communication skills developed with many subjects within Transition Year and Secondary education.

Course outline

Students are introduced, through theory and practical activities to:

  • The technical skills and principles involved in coaching young students
  • The planning and reflection process for effective coaching
  • The code of Ethics and Good practice in children’s Sport
  • The safety and organisation principles in coaching young students
  • Students will view coaching sessions carried out by the tutor
  • In groups of 4 to 5, students will plan, conduct and reflect upon 2 peer sessions and 5 sessions with primary school/ local sports club students
  • Students will list all sources of information which they used when planning sessions
  • Students will complete a log and session plans in relation to the activities carried out

Breakdown of the Course:

Class contact time (16 Hours) (10 x 2   x 40min) (2 Full Days)

Shadowing a coach (2 hours)

4 Sessions with primary school/ Club (6 Hours)

Presentation of session plans (1 Hour)

Practical assessment session (2 Hours)

Written assessment (1Hour)

Independent Research (4Hours)

Total = 32 Hours

Aims of the Course

This transition year course aims to:

  • Provide students with the technical skills to conduct a series of safe and effective coaching sessions for primary school students
  • Help students to develop their ability to plan suitable, motivational and fun activities for primary school students
  • Encourage students to critically analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of others
  • Support the leadership and cooperation potential of students

Learning Outcomes:

On completion students should be able to:

  • Identify the skills and principles involved in coaching young children
  • Identify the organisation and safety aspects and principles involved in coaching young children
  • Complete 2 coaching sessions
  • Plan and conduct 6 coaching session for their local Club/Team or primary school
  • Investigate a number of sources for coaching information
  • Complete session plans and logbooks in relation to all session seen and shown
  • Reflect and analyse these sessions

Key Skills

Information processing:

Learn how to access knowledge from a number of practical and theory sources. There is a lot of planning, organisation, implementation and reflection in the course.

Critical and Creative Thinking:

A continuous process of planning, conducting and evaluation of sessions and self evaluation,

Learning to be creative in their planning and performance.


Communicating and listening to other members of the group, giving clear and accurate coaching instructions, sharing ideas with others and agreeing future actions

Working with Others:

Learning the dynamics of group work, and how to work with others in a team environment, working towards a common goal. Recognising the importance of developing good relationships, with other coaches and players.

Personally Effective:

Setting deadlines and targets, reflecting and evaluating personal performances, receiving and responding to feedback, learning to be more confident when presenting to a group and when working with a group.

Learning Approaches:

A variety of teaching methodologies will be practised to optimise learning and understanding among students.

  • The experiential approach being the most suitable methodology with pre planning, coaching and evaluation supporting this
  • The use of group work, paired and individual tasks will help to actively include all students in the learning process
  • Theory will be taught through various methods including group work and discussion
  • The planning element involves research which requires the student to engage in independent learning

Assessment Procedures: 

  • Students will give a practical demonstration
  • Students will submit 3 session plans of which one will be their exam
  • Students will hand in a log book containing all their session plans, self assessment sheets, this will display the progressive learning
  • Students will undergo a theoretical exam in relation to work learnt

Evaluation Methods:

Informal interviews with students will provide feedback throughout the course and an evaluation sheet will be presented with their logbook with the following information

  • What was most enjoyable about the course
  • What was the students greatest success
  • What was the students greatest challenge
  • What skills did the student develop from taking part in the course
  • How could they see the course improving


Physical Resources:

  • Coaching personnel and players from local clubs
  • Teachers and students from local primary schools
  • Development Officers from chosen Sports 

Resource Materials: 

  • Coaching Handbook
  • Session plan Templates
  • Evaluation sheets

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