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Coaching enters new era
The National Coaching Certificate hopes to uncover the next World Cup winning coach

The rewarding and challenging world of sports coaching has become more accessible than ever thanks to a new UK-wide development.

The National Coaching Certificate (NCC) will give coaches at all levels a nationally recognised and transferable professional qualification for the first time.

From parents wanting to help improve their children's skills to elite trainers, the certificate will recognise their abilities and achievements.

The NCC will initially be developed and implemented by 31 sports, and Sports Minister Richard Caborn believes it will revolutionise coaching in the UK.

"Coaches are crucial for sport at all levels - on the school pitch, in the local club or for major international teams," he said.

"They are the people who motivate, encourage and inspire.

"This development will recognise coaching as it should - a profession with a proper accredited qualification and career development structure - and help to tackle the shortage of coaches, both professional and voluntary."

Of the 31 sports to have been selected to develop and implement the NCC, 22 will be given funding to implement it by the end of 2005.

The other nine will receive non-financial support to help them lead the second wave of implementation shortly after.

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