Sport can be a fantastic vehicle for young people to gain important life skills that will help them to prosper. Participation in sport can allow young people to experience ‘competition’, develop social skills, contribute to teamwork, explore their responses to mistakes, and manage success, failure, and feedback from others. Youth sport coaches, parents, and practitioners play an important role in creating a supportive environment to allow an athlete to develop these important psychological and social skills.
The 5Cs is an evidence based framework that was developed to help athletes, coaches, parents, and practitioners to thrive in sport and through the challenges that sport offers. Sport imposes not only physical and technical, but also mental, emotional and social demands on young athletes. When they understand and embrace such demands, young athletes begin to develop coping skills that enable them not only to thrive in sport but also to transfer such learning to other life domains, for example, school, family, and work settings.
The 5Cs framework is represented by the skills and qualities of: Commitment, Communication, Concentration, Control, and Confidence. Take a look at the sections below to find out more about each ‘C’.