Developing physical literacy through coach education A Northern Ireland perspective

Tandy Haughey, Gavin Breslin, Simon Toole, Melanie McKee

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The Lifelong Involvement in Sport and Physical Activity (LISPA) model and physicalliteracy (PL) havebeen endorsed by Governing Bodies (GBs) in Northern Ireland throughthe alignment of their policies and programmes accordingly. The importance of lifelongparticipation in sport and physical activity for health, and the impact that LISPA hasmade on the development of PL in childhood are important for coach education inNorthern Ireland. The following discussion will include; i) a review of research conductedwith GBs to determine their inclusion of PL into existing coaching programmes; ii) theoutcomes of a pilot programme for the development of PL; and finally iii) a review ofActiv8 Wildcats a PL programme that up skills coaches in the community. In view of thefact that the concept of PL was new to most of the coaches it was decided to focus,initially, on just one element of this capability, being physical competence as theintroduction to the work. The affective elements of the concept, particularly motivationand confidence, were incorporated where this was felt to be appropriate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-257
JournalJournal of Sport Science and Physical Education
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Dec 2013


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