Aspiring young leaders attend National Young Coaches and Officials Academy

10 January 2014

In December 2013, Loughborough University played host to over 200 promising young coaches and 20 young officials.

Funded by Sport England, and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust in conjunction with Sports Coach UK and Sports Officials UK, the national academies offer a unique development opportunity for young aspiring officials and coaches across a number of national governing bodies.  

"The NYOA has inspired me to become a better official" - Isobel Woollons22 young coaches from across the disciplines attended the camp, developing their coaching philosophy, coaching self and discovering the type of coach they would like to be. The coaches not only had the opportunity to learn from one another, but from their coaching peers across a multitude of sports.

Young coach, Ollie Sayer said, “My experience at the camp was very enjoyable and extremely beneficial, not only applicable to sport but also in everyday life. The NYCA has given me confidence that I will be able to pass onto others. It has also taught me new approaches and skills in a variety of different areas that I have never considered before which I hope I can adopt to help young swimmers to enable them to develop to their full potential.”

The 22 young coaches will now embark on a 12 month development programme delivered by the ASA which will continue to challenge them as coaches and further develop their knowledge and skills.

The National Young Officials Academy added a new strand to the programme for 2013. Eight young officials from the ASA were given the opportunity to attend the three day camp delivered by Sports Officials UK.

Young officials had the opportunity to develop skills to enable to them cope with high pressured situations in a sporting environment; make good decisions and understand the importance of being objective and promoting fair play.

“The NYOA was a great experience,” said young official Isobel Woollons, “I’ve met many new friends who share similar interest and ambitions who I will keep in touch with. It has provided me with new skills, confidence and people I can reach out to with any queries I may have. The NYOA has inspired me to become a better official and gain more qualifications.”

The young officials will now embark on a 12 month development programme delivered by the ASA to support their development.

For more information on the National Young Officials Academy and the National Young Coaches Academy and how to apply in 2014, please sign up to Making a Difference, the ASA's quarterly volunteer newsletter. 

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