Introduction – How to create a safe sporting environment

Hi there Coach! Welcome to Course #2 of the Coaches’ Section.

In this module, “How to create a safe coaching environment for children in sport,” we are going to explore some ideas concerning how sport can be safe for children and young people, and how you as a coach can contribute to this.

As a coach, you have a lot of power; both ‘positional’ power, and ‘expert’ power. Accordingly, there is a large power difference in the relationship between you and the children you are coaching. The young athletes are not only dependent on you, they usually also have complete trust in you. It is therefore important to be aware that if this power is misused, it can lead to exploitative relationships that can have a detrimental impact on the children’s future development.