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What makes a great coach?

 The joint second fastest woman in the world, Dina Asher-Smith, has teamed up with England Athletics to encourage 10,000 more people to get coaching by 2020. Asher-Smith knows all too well the importance of what makes a great coach, having trained with John Blackie since the age of nine.


In relation to her partnership, the sprinter said, “The launch of #gocoach is a great reminder of all the hard work and support that coaches and run leaders provide – often voluntarily – to help others. I hope the campaign will inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to think about becoming a coach or run leader. Our fantastic sport wouldn’t survive without them.”

Asher-Smith continued, “There can be a misconception that you must have a sporting background to become a coach, and while for many people it is a way of widening their enthusiasm for sport, people of all ages, backgrounds and aspirations can get involved in coaching. It is a way of giving back to the local community by sharing their knowledge and desire to see others taking an active involvement in athletics and running. Whether you are a university student, grandparent, or simply someone with a little spare time, becoming a licensed volunteer coach or leader can be a life-changing role.”

Becoming a coach or run leader is a great way to get involved in sport, build new friendships, and positively affect the lives of people in your local community. Coaches have a tremendous impact on people’s experience of sport and physical activity, whether that’s helping them to achieve their full potential as a competitive athlete, or encouraging them to become active and enjoy the many benefits of exercise. For some, volunteer coaching is a great way to reduce social isolation, become an integral part of a new community, and develop new skills. For others, coaching provides invaluable experiences and life skills that can be carried through into developing new career opportunities.

To find out more about the England Athletics #gocoach campaign and about volunteer coaching, visit