Coventry University: Science of Youth Coaching and Development

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Health
Telephone 024 7765 4321
Study type Taught


There is a growing understanding that the development of high level sporting performance and lifelong physical activity and exercise begins in childhood.

As such there is a need to apply and modify scientific principles of sport and exercise and to nurture development of children and adolescents. Consequently, there is a growing demand for highly trained specialists in the field.

This course aims to foster an evidence-based approach, connecting the science of sport and exercise to the coaching process in youth populations. We cover aspects related to youth coaching, including profiling and strength and conditioning for children and adolescents, the development of motor skills, the fundamentals of youth coaching, critical issues in youth coaching research, research skills, professional practice and global professional development. Within these areas, the science of physiology, psychology, and biomechanical factors influencing youth performance will be applied.

We aim to equip you with scientific knowledge and its application to youth development and coaching. Additionally, you will have opportunities to enhance your practical coaching skills as well as developing a range of research and transferable skills related to employment. The course aims to equip you for a variety of careers such as youth sports coaching, strength and conditioning coaching, teaching, paediatric exercise scientist, health promotion, or further postgraduate study.

Students will be subject to a DBS check before enrollment.

**Why choose this course?**
The course seeks to provide an in-depth and applied knowledge of contemporary issues in youth sport and exercise such as safeguarding, bio-banding, overtraining and talent identification, as well as developing your coaching skills across a range of applied settings. Specific focus will be made on strength and conditioning of youth of all ages and abilities. We mentor individuals through their professional coaching practice.

Delivered and supported by experts in youth coaching and paediatric exercise who translate the latest scientific research into practical, evidence-based advice for youth of all developmental levels for sporting performance and lifelong exercise. Incorporating up-to-date research and contemporary practice, this course aims to prepare you for broad range of careers from educational settings, sports teams or public health promotion.

Based in our state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building building, you can take full advantage of our cutting-edge facilities, including strength and conditioning facility, indoor running track and extensive exercise science laboratories. You’ll have opportunities to gain hands-on experience of the equipment and techniques used in developing excellence in youth sport and exercise, and there may be opportunities to work with youth across community settings including elite and non-elite sports teams and educational environments.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching ...

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