The StreetGames Training Academy is all about making it easy to learn how to organise good quality Doorstep Sport and how to meet the high expectations of the teenage participants. The StreetGames Training Academy workshops, coaching courses and resources prepare the Doorstep Sport workforce to provide high-quality sporting opportunities in a style which fits the local communities they serve.

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In 2014 the StreetGames Training Academy was commended by the UK Coaching Awards for devising a radically different approach to coach education that is unique to Doorstep Sport. By listening to community leaders, experienced coaches and young people, the Academy was designed to meet the needs of people delivering sport in disadvantaged communities.

Doorstep Sport participants expected their project organisers to be part coach, part mentor, part youth worker and part problem-solving magician. The Academy is a response to hearing that. The teenage participants told us they wanted to look up to the project organisers and respect them as positive role models. 

StreetGames is proud to have delivered  over 2300 courses to almost 30,000 learners since 2011. 

We are affordable: The young volunteers told us that many coaching courses were too expensive. The cost of traditional coaching qualifications can be prohibitive. Our courses are subsidised by funding from Coca-Cola and additional support from Sport Wales and Sport England. We deliver courses where they are needed in the communities they are intended for.

We fit: training to communities, not communities to training. We regularly review and update our information and activities to ensure we reflect latest practice.

We lead: Our materials are bang up to date. We regularly review and update our information and activities to ensure we reflect latest practice.

We follow: our training offer is shaped through face-to-face consultation, regular surveys and focus groups with Doorstep Sport projects – the young people we work with prompt, consult and road test our training before it is ready

We flex: the Training Academy provides a mix of accredited and non-accredited courses that last from an afternoon to 6 days. Our tutors are trained to industry standards and are experienced deliverers of Doorstep Sport in challenging community settings.

StreetGames' Training Academy has also been awarded numerous industry accolades, including UK Active's 'Training Developer of the Year' for 2018. Other awards have included ‘Coaching Intervention of the Year’, ‘Coaching Educator of the Year’ - awarded to Justyn Price, StreetGames' former Director of Sport and Workforce, and Coach Developer of the Year 2017 - awarded to StreetGames' Rus Smith for his work with the innovative CoachMates programme, as well as with the StreetGames Training Academy.

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