1st Edition

Coaching Children in Sport

Edited By Ian Stafford Copyright 2011
    320 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    All coaches working with children will know that they differ substantially from adults in their capabilities, capacity for development and in their ability to meet the demands that sport places upon them. Coaching Children in Sport provides an up-to-date, authoritative and accessible guide to core knowledge and coaching skills for anybody working with children in sport.

    Written by a team of leading international coaching experts, teachers, psychologists and specialists in children’s issues in sport and health, the book explains why children should not be treated as mini-adults in sport and helps coaches to devise effective ways of working that not only achieve results but also take into account the best interests of the child. It examines key topics such as:

    • fundamental coaching skills
    • coaching philosophies and models
    • children’s physical and psychosocial development
    • children’s motivation
    • safeguarding and child protection issues and coaching ethics
    • sport and children’s health
    • talent identification and high performance coaching
    • reflective practice in sports coaching.

    Including case studies, practical reflective activities and guides to further reading throughout, Coaching Children in Sport is an essential text for all courses and training programmes in sports coaching. It is also vital reading for all students, teachers and practitioners working with children in sport, physical education or developmental contexts.


    Chapter 1: What Is A Coach And What Is Coaching?

    John Lyle

    Chapter 2: Developmentally Appropriate Approaches to Coaching Children

    Bob Muir, Gareth Morgan, Andy Abrahams and Dave Morley

    Chapter 3: Models of Young Player Development in Sport

    Richard Bailey, Martin Toms, Dave Collins, Paul Ford, Áine Macnamara and Gemma Pearce

    Chapter 4: Coaches’ Learning and Development

    Chris Cushion

    Chapter 5: The Essential Skills of a Coach

    Ian Stafford

    Chapter 6: Communication with Young Players

    Julia Walsh

    Chapter 7: Professional Responsibilities of Children’s Coaches

    Hamish Telfer and Celia Brackenridge

    Chapter 8: The Reflective Coach

    Andy Miles

    Chapter 9: Enhancing Children’s Positive Sport Experiences and Personal Development: A Motivational Perspective

    Eleanor Quested & Joan L. Duda

    Chapter 10: Physical and Movement Skill Development

    Clive Brewer

    Chapter 11: The Family Factor

    Tess Kay and Di Bass

    Chapter 12: The Child in High Performance Sport

    Karl Wharton

    Chapter 13: Coaching Disabled Children in Sport

    Ken Black

    Chapter 14: Girls in Sport

    Ruth Jeanes

    Chapter 15: Developmental Transitions in Sport

    Mark Bruner, Leisha Strachan and Jean Côté

    Chapter 16: Health of Young Athletes

    Robert M. Malina

    Chapter 17: Sport and Positive Youth Development

    Nicholas L. Holt

    Chapter 18: Children's Sport in Policy Contexts

    Michael Collins

    Chapter 19: The Young Player as a Learner

    Tony Rossi and Richard Tinning


    Ian Stafford has worked extensively in teaching, higher education, coaching and coach development within the United Kingdom. Latterly, he was the Director of Coaching System Development at sports coach UK. He has also worked with national governing bodies of sport and national sport agencies in a variety of consultancy roles. One of his key responsibilities within sports coach UK was to oversee all developments relating to coaching children. He has written a book on long-term athlete development and a variety of coach development resources, particularly in relation to coaching children.