What motivates young people to be active?

How much do you know about young people?

What a great question for youth coaches to consider! How much do you know about why young people turn up to your session?

In collaboration with Sport England, sports coach UK has created the second in a series of three animations looking at the motivations behind taking part in a coaching session

It is important to be reminded that all young people are different and will therefore have different reasons for taking part based on different experiences, personality, and lifestyle factors.

Recent insight from Sport England asked young people why they take part in sport or activity. The most common reasons young people gave included:

• meet new people

• hang out with friends

• get in shape

• be healthy

• for fun and enjoyment

• learn new skills.

The challenge for coaches, activators and leaders is how to plan and deliver sessions to meet these reasons for taking part.

Liz Burkinshaw is the Development Lead Officer for Participation at sports coach UK. She said:

 “This is a great new piece of bite size learning for any youth coach especially those working in satellite clubs, and sportivate sessions. If youth coaches understood and delivered sessions that met the reasons why young people turn up each week then young people are more likely to come back again and again for experiences that are meaningful and worthwhile to them ”

Check out this short animation and accompanying support guide that helps solve this challenge for coaches, activators and leaders.

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