Three clubs in Glenrothes are among the first in Fife to take part in a coaching initiative aimed at creating a positive sporting environment.
The Positive Coaching Scotland programme is all about promoting the ‘Keep calm and let me play’ message, allowing children to participate and develop in sport in a supportive culture.
We want youngsters to have a more enjoyable experience and reduce the number of young people dropping out of sportCouncillor Mark Hood
Active Fife’s team has been working since the beginning of the year with sports clubs interested in adopting the coaching model.
So far 25 clubs have registered an interest and six, including Glenrothes Swimming Club, Glenrothes Cricket Club and Glenrothes Tennis Club, have undertaken the first stage of the training for their club leaders. Next up is the coaches and parents workshops.
It’s all part of the sportscotland’s free Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) training which is now available for everyone involved in community sport – coaches, group leaders, teachers and even parents on the sidelines.
Councillor Mark Hood, executive committee member, said: “Improving sport in our communities is a team effort. We want youngsters to have a more enjoyable experience and reduce the number of young people dropping out of sport.
“The Positive Coaching Scotland approach helps do this through addressing aggressive touchline behaviour and disrespect for officials and coaches who are focused on winning the game, at all costs.
“By focusing on these key areas we can contribute to ensuring young people will participate in sport and physical activity throughout their life.
“Active Fife is helping clubs and groups integrate PCS into everything that they do. It’s very encouraging that we already have six clubs on board, with many more interested in signing up.
“It’s great to see clubs of different sports coming together for training because they all have the same goal.
“What I think has been most successful in this campaign has been getting the ‘Keep calm and let me play’ message out into the community – parents and sports club members have responded very positively to this.”