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Coaches and parents needed for youth sport pilot project

Through sport, there is chance to learn life lessons about respect and connection. This is what Project SCORE is about.

June 11, 2018 — 

Are you a coach looking to take your team to the next level both on the field and in life?

A University of Manitoba-led program on positivity in youth sport is looking for coaches and parents to join a pilot study.

Project SCORE (Sport COnnect and REspect) is a program designed to deliver a deliberate approach to youth development and sport participation. This program aims to develop four main areas of sport development: confidence, competence, connection, and character. The program is based on research in sport psychology and youth development.

Coaches and parents of the same sports teams with athletes aged 11 to 16 are needed to pilot the Project SCORE principles.

“It’s quite simple. All the resources and guidance you need are on the website,” says Project SCORE lead Leisha Strachan, an associate professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba.

“By uniting life and sport, Project SCORE gives all participants an opportunity to have a more meaningful experience in sport.”

In the confidence block, for instance, a coach might let athletes plan a part of the practice, such as them taking charge of the main drill. Another example would be talking about a recent sporting event and an example of confidence that took place during the game.

On the flip side, parents will be encouraged to have their child find an inspirational quote  they can bring to practice to share with the team.

More information and examples on the training blocks can be found on the Project SCORE website under Coach’s Locker Room and Parent’s Lounge.

If you’re interested in partaking in this 4-6 study—or know of someone who might be— please contact the Project SCORE team at brownc18 [at] myumanitoba [dot] ca or call 204-474-8378.


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