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The Open University

Sports Performance: Different Approaches to Sports Coaching 

The Open University via FutureLearn


Develop your approach to coaching with insights from contemporary research

This course from The Open University explores new and emerging approaches to sports coaching and aims to make you more curious and inquisitive about coaching.

Over four weeks, you’ll gain skills that will expand your understanding of a coach’s responsibilities in today’s sporting environment; responsibilities that go far beyond just a focus on winning.

Explore the role of a modern sports coach

Through the invaluable insight of a leading Open University sport and fitness expert, you’ll identify more about how coaches learn, the different ways they learn, and the role of the people who support their learning.

By examining different approaches to the way that skilled performance is developed, you will appreciate the role of a coach as a learning designer and a creator of environments that improve performance.

Gain essential knowledge to promote children and young people’s rights in sport

This course also focuses on the importance of children’s rights and why everybody working with children should ensure that every child is involved in decisions about them. You’ll discover how children’s rights influence coaching, and how coaches and all adults have a duty to respect, protect, and fulfil children’s rights in sport at all times.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to challenge your existing beliefs, have a fresh perspective on sports coaching, and an increased awareness of coaching practice.

You will gain most benefit from the course if you are actively leading, coaching or supporting athletes, such as:

  • Professional and amateur athletes, coaches and support teams
  • Those with a curiosity for watching and understanding sports performances
  • Sports educators
  • Parents of children engaged in sports
  • Strength and conditioning coaches or fitness instructors


  • Is sports coaching in crisis?
    • Welcome
    • What is sports coaching?
    • Effective coaching: what does the research say?
    • Transformational leadership
    • Applying a different approach to coaching
  • Learning to become an effective coach
    • How do you think you learn?
    • Coach education: why it needs to change
    • Learning from other people
    • Considering the influence of coach developers
    • Wrap-up
  • Developing skilled movement in sport
    • How did you learn a skilled movement?
    • A constraints-led approach to coaching
    • Problem-solving in sport
    • Designing learning environments
    • Wrap-up
  • Child rights in sport – the duty of coaches
    • Do you know what rights a child has?
    • What happens when children’s rights are ignored?
    • Children’s rights and parents in sport
    • Wrap-up

Taught by

Alex Twitchen


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