Positive Coaching Scotland Plus (PCS Plus) is Winning Scotland’s national programme that uses sport and physical activity to help young people develop confidence and resilience.
PCS Plus is widely used in formal sports like football and rugby. However many young people enjoy their sport more informally, through local charities and community groups
The coaches and volunteers in these settings do not have access to PCS Plus development and training.
In 2019-20, we piloted PCS Plus in a range of community sport settings to test its effectiveness. The pilot was funded by the Baillie Gifford sponsorship committee
The pilot objectives were:
119 coaches, teachers and volunteers across seven organisations, many of whom support young people from marginalised groups, received the PCS Plus training:
Pre- and post- programme evaluation surveys were issued to each person taking part in the training. The graphs below summarise some of the outcomes from these surveys.
Winning Scotland and our PCS Plus trainers Jo Buchanan-Smith, Gordon Lyon (SRU), and Craig Hamilton (SFA) received excellent feedback from those that attended the training, including:
Ellen Asquith, Operations Manager, FetLor Youth Club:
“The session last week was absolutely fantastic. Jo was really inspirational and motivating and all the staff felt they took something away from it. The more experienced members of the youth work team valued the linkages the training made between how the brain learns and takes in messages and how this can shape practice. The less experienced team members got a lot of practical suggestions and from my point of view as a manager it brought us together and got everyone thinking about how we can be more structured in our approach which will help shape the way we measure outcomes.”
Tom Laurie, Head Teacher, Kibble:
“The session provided education staff with coaching tools to engage young people positively in the learning process. Teachers were reminded of the importance of building a positive learning environment with young people at the centre. The emphasis on effort, challenge, struggle and learning from mistakes provided knowledge in helping pupils achieve greater levels of success.”
Neil Logan, Skills and Development Officer, Bike for Good:
“Speaking to the small group who were there, the feedback was all positive. In terms of take-away learning for everyone, I think that each person got something out of the training. Speaking to the other parents on the training, we found the training really helped us see how our role as parents differ to that as our role as a 'coach' and how we treat our own kids! I found a lot of relevance in the information contained within the training, to my current role and roles in the past. The training totally fits within our values.”
We are working with partners to grow PCS Plus across community sport. For more information please get in touch.