Every youngster and coach should have an effective and positive relationship, which includes empathetic understanding, honesty, support, cooperation and respect.
Actions for coaches/trainers
- Create a warm environment for your youngsters by showing active interest and being accessible when they have questions, complaints or concerns.
- Create a close connection with your youngsters by showing physical and mental presence.
- Replace compelling (forceful) language by a language that is more inviting. Also, pay attention to body language.
Actions for clubs
- Ensure competence-supportive aid by providing extra materials, demonstrations, or physical assistance at appropriate times.
- Ensure coach-player conflicts are monitored and solved.
- Assess policies and guidelines on what to do when harassed or abused, and mechanisms on how to report and get support when necessary.
Card Games Keep Youngsters Involved
The most important tool in the toolkit are the card games, developed for the Erasmus+ Sport project Keep Youngsters Involved.
These card games help you to get to know more about how to implement actions in the sport club to keep youngsters (12-19 year) involved and prevent them from dropout.
The different card games can help professionals who work with youngsters in sport, young adults and sport clubs how to improve their policy on youth, and help by creating a sport club action plan.
In total there are 169 action cards. For every factor you can choose a variety of cards. You can choose the cards and print* them in colour to be able to use them. Cut them out and they are ready to be used.
* best printer settings: choose page sizing ‘fit’
There are 3 different cards games:
- Card game 1: Choose your cards
- Card game 2: Roleplay Keep Youngsters Involved
- Card game 3: Go Fish
Quick scan Y-score for sports clubs
How youth-oriented is your sports club? In other words, is your club accessible and attractive to young members? Does the club give enough consideration to the wishes, needs and possibilities of the various groups of young people? And especially, how can this be improved?
The Y-score answers these questions. It is an instrument that quickly and easily gives insight into how youth-oriented your club is. It helps you to look at your club through a young person’s ‘pair of glasses’.