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Sports Coaching

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is allocated through the Learning and Skills Council to support the training and accreditation of sports coaches with the UK Coaching Certificate Programme and the National Qualifications Framework; and if he will make a statement. (95500)

We have increased investment in further education by 48 per cent. in real terms between 1997 and 2005 and our investment in both young people and adults will increase by 7 per cent. in 2007-08 compared to 2006-07. Learning and Skills Council funding is not allocated to support specific qualifications although the qualifications being developed in line with the UK Coaching Certificate will be eligible for LSC funding once they are approved. ‘SkillsActive’ the Sector Skills Council (SSC) has conducted a thorough analysis of coaching needs, including for the 2012 Olympics, which will help develop their Sector Skills Agreement (SSA). My officials have arranged for this element of the SSA to be published in advance of the rest of the document, in order to enable the LSC to prioritise this area of funding at a national level. At the regional level SkillsActive are working closely with the LSC and Regional Skills Partnerships to identify these skills needs as priorities and support the use of funding by providers at local level.