Yesterday UK Coaching launched the new Duty to Care initiative to support sports coaches as they adjust to the new landscape Covid-19 has created.

Press Release explaining more about the programme below. Plus Partner Promotion Pack available for download here 

As well as equipping coaches with the necessary knowledge and skills you will be able to attain a free nationally recognised “digital badge” to demonstrate your commitment to the principles of Duty to Care ie Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Wellbeing

Duty to Care Toolkit 5 pillars

Press release: Under embargo until Monday, 27 July 2020 10:00am

UK Coaching cares: New toolkit and digital badge to facilitate #GreatCoaching

-        Coach learning package designed to give coaches the confidence to embrace and adjust to the changed coaching landscape

-        Coaches can earn a free nationally recognised ‘digital badge’ to demonstrate to the public they are committed to the principles of Duty to Care (Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Well-being), which underpin great coaching

UK Coaching has launched a new toolkit that will ensure the nation’s coaches are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide great coaching experiences to others, and support them as coaches to better look after themselves as they return to coaching after COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

The Duty to Care Toolkit, which will be available on UK Coaching’s learning and development platform,, has come to fruition after extensive consultative support from a range of partners and coaches across the UK.

Set across five areas, known as pillars – Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Well-being – the toolkit will challenge coaches to demonstrate their knowledge of the principles of Duty to Care and will sign-post them to coach learning resources that can help them to adapt sessions safely; creating diverse and inclusive environments that help to increase the mental health and well-being of both them and their participants.

Coaches who complete the free Duty to Care Knowledge Check in each pillar will earn themselves a nationally recognised Duty to Care ‘Digital Badge’, which they can display with pride to show their commitment to great coaching.

The findings of Baroness Grey-Thompson’s Duty of Care in Sport review coincided with UK Coaching’s plan to devise a product that ensures coaches are sufficiently equipped to deliver great coaching – and thereby, inspire their participants to develop lifelong active lifestyles and ensure athletes’ welfare is at the top of their priority list.

UK Coaching’s Director of Coaching Emma Atkins, said:

“We are ecstatic about the launch of our new Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge, which supports coaches by enabling them to show their commitment to great coaching, and to continue to improve the coaching experience people receive.  

“In the coronavirus era, coaches have a big part to play in their communities, lifting the mood and boosting the physical, social, emotional and mental health of the nation. More than ever before, we need to look after our participants regardless of where they are on their sport and physical activity journey. The last few months have put an unimaginable strain on people’s physical and mental well-being, and thus, we are seeing a society desperate to return to sport and exercise. We know that many coaches are wanting to return to coaching too, but they want the reassurance that they can do this safely and confidently. 

“Many of the nation’s coaches, whether they’re grassroots or elite level, need support and learning opportunities so they can effectively look after the well-being of their participants, as well as their own too.

“At UK Coaching, we pride ourselves in supporting coaches who transform the lives of individuals and communities to help create a happier and healthier society. This extensive toolkit will help all coaches thrive in their role, which is essential if we are to navigate this uncertain time together and get the nation back on its feet.”

British Swimming’s National Centre Lead Coach and coach to swimming sensation Adam Peaty, Mel Marshall, said:

“To me coaching is about people, and how coaching illuminates’ human beings, so it’s fantastic to see UK Coaching releasing a resource that will help coaches to find their feet again after what has been an incapacitating time for us.”

Sporting Communities’ Marketing Officer and Lead Coach Kobi-Kazia Thompson was one of the first coaches to trial the product, she said:

“It’s a great coach learning tool and I feel like my knowledge in each of the five areas has vastly improved.

“I can’t wait to start coaching again.”

Sport England’s Executive Director of Sport Phil Smith, said:

“We are really pleased that this support for coaches is now available, especially with the recent news that recreational and team sport are set to reopen, as coaches are at the heart of helping to get England’s activity levels back to where they were before coronavirus.

“As we slowly return to playing the sports we love, or maybe start new ones, it is important that people enjoy their first experiences back, and the Duty to Care Toolkit will help coaches have the support they need across the areas of Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Well-being. Alongside the advice and guidance we’ve compiled on how the sport and physical activity sector can successfully and safely return to play, this will really help them to provide great experiences and support everyone safely back into activity.”

Paralympian Tanni, Baroness Grey-Thompson, said:

“UK Coaching’s toolkit is the right way for coaches – at any stage of their career – to check in, challenge themselves and refuel their coaching skills to keep delivering great coaching experiences.”   

Through the toolkit, coaches will be able to test their coaching know-how with free Knowledge Checks across the five pillars, as well as discover a suite of coach learning. There’s no set learning process, so coaches can do the free Knowledge Checks or learning whichever way round they like.

As you return to coaching, refuel your great coaching skills.

Learn more about the five pillars of Duty to Care and start working towards earning our nationally recognised Duty to Care ‘Digital Badge’.


Notes to Editors:

Duty to Care

Coaches want to be equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide the necessary care to their participants and ultimately inspire them to develop lifelong active lifestyles.

The toolkit – of Knowledge Checks and coach learning – is dedicated to making sure the coach knows how to look after their participants and themselves.

The unique package will cover five distinct pillars: Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Well-being.

Diversity: Diversity is who you attract to your session. Organisations, clubs and coaches have an obligation to provide equality of opportunity for those taking part. This precludes discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, ability or sexual orientation.

Inclusion: Inclusion is how you tailor delivery to different audiences and how you treat people to keep them involved.

Mental Health: Just like physical health, we all have mental health and, just as our bodies can become unwell, so can our minds.

Safeguarding: Protecting people (children and adults, grassroots to high performers) from harmful practice in sport and physical activity.

Well-being: A coach can positively influence the way people think, feel and behave and support them to build their resilience, self-esteem and confidence, which are essential to maintaining and improving psychological and emotional well-being.

UK Coaching

UK Coaching is the brand name of the National Coaching Foundation. Great coaching encourages people to be more active and lead healthier lifestyles and our mission is to put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport.

Coaching is in our DNA. For more than 30 years, alongside our partners, we have provided the coaching workforce with the skills and knowledge they need to make a positive difference. We’ve also supported our partners to do the same.

We’re now widening our scope to do this on a broader scale. How? By adopting a wider definition of coaching and extending our reach into new markets where great coaching makes a difference every day.

We’re here to:

  • raise the profile of coaching so that it is recognised for the wider benefits it brings to society and individuals
  • help our partners create coaching systems to deliver a fit for purpose workforce that better reflects society
  • make coaching easier to get into and stay involved in
  • supply the coaching workforce with the information they need to be participant focused
  • be a hub of research excellence for coaching
  • help coaches feel better connected, more knowledgeable and confident
  • be central to the sport and physical activity landscape; we’ll run an effective and efficient organisation
  • encourage technology to enable coaches and coaching.

In England, we support governing bodies of sport, Active Partnerships and leisure providers, as well as many other organisations across the sport and physical activity landscape.

In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and at high performance level, we work with the relevant sports councils to reach partners throughout the coaching system.

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