Coaching Active Communities

Unit code: AHE1251 | Study level: Undergraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


Community sports coaches play a critical role in providing opportunities for sport participants to develop motor skills, physical health, and psychosocial skills. In particular, the community sports coach can have a significant impact on participants' enjoyment of sport. Furthermore, the contemporary epidemic of inactivity and obesity in Australia means there is potential for community sports coaches to have a significant impact in this area in the future. This unit enables students to gain knowledge and experience working as a community sports coach. Students also gain skills in how to work with volunteers, parents, other coaches, and sporting clubs/organisations.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptualise the role of community sports coaches, and the significance of community sport programs in Australian society;
  2. Analyse, discuss and work with diverse populations and groups including children and adolescents, as well as parents, officials, volunteers, fellow coaches, sporting clubs and organisations, stakeholders, and the community;
  3. Plan and deliver sport training programs that focus on basic skill development, psychosocial development, physical activity, and enjoyment; and
  4. Evaluate their own and others' sport coaching performance.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Report
Grade: 25%
Community Coach in Action
Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 35%
Community Coaching Resource Portfolio
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Practice-Integrated Learning

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is not a compulsorily taken as part of any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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