Module Overview

Coaching Children and Youths

The aims of this module are: • To provide the underpinning psychological theories on children’s participation in sport. • To provide a basic insight into the relationship between children’s physiological make up and responses to exercise. • To provide an opportunity to design a children’s exercise sessions and/or programme. • To develop the reporting and evaluation skills of the learner. • To investigate the roles played by the family and coach in children’s exercise programmes. • To enunciate the theories underpinning effective communications between coaches and children. • To provide a detailed insight into varying psychological factors which affect performance and children’s' participation. • To deliver practical sessions for children in an appropriate setting.

Module Code

SMCO H1021

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Theoretical Element

Importance of Sport to ChildrenMotivations for Coaching ChildrenIn Loco Parentis Children’s Energy Systems and ExercisePsychological Development and ExerciseThe Family and Children’s’ ParticipationChildren’s Psychology and ParticipationSuccess and Failure from a child’s perspectiveAnxiety, Stress from a child’s perspectiveCommunicating Effectively with ChildrenCounselling ChildrenInjuries and GrowthCoaching and the LawAdequate Insurance

Practical Element

Practical Sessions in local primary schools and/or a prior approved alternative organisation or setting.

Lecture based teaching and learning

Peer teaching

Flipped classroom

Experiental Learning - engaging in practical coaching sessions (Individual & Peer)

Project based learning - Presentation work


Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50