Whether you're still competing or an ex-athlete, a parent who has become interested in a new sport, a teacher developing their skills or a volunteer with a passion for sport, there are several ways to get into coaching.

sports coach UK have produced two guides which are designed to provide those people 'thinking about' getting into sports coaching with a little more information. Click on the titles below to download the guides.  


Steps to becoming a sports coach?

STEP 1: Can you assist a more experienced coach in a club or school environment? This will give you a flavour for what coaching actually involves and whether you have the desire to commit to the journey of becoming a high-quality coach.

STEP 2: Book yourself onto a coaching or sports leaders course. Sports Leaders UK offer generic sports leadership training at a variety of levels. National Governing Bodies of sport offer sport-specific coaching and leadership courses through local delivery centres. The coaching pathway for most sports is as follows:

Level Classification What does it mean?
Leadership Award Sports Leader

Develop generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. See Sport Leaders UK for more information.

1 Assistant Coach

Assisting a more qualified coach in planning and delivering aspects of a session, under supervision.

2 Coach Preparing, delivering and reviewing a coaching session on your own.
3 Senior Coach Planning, deliverying and evaluating an annual programme of coaching.
4 Advanced/Master Coach Plan, implement, analyse and revise multi-annual coaching programmes. Concerned with professional coaching.


A Level-1 Guide is now available that answers questions a new coach, or a current coach thinking about embarking on a different UKCC level-1 qualification might have, such as: what are the pre course requirements? what is the length of the qualification? what the qualification might lead to? CLICK HERE to download a copy of the guide.


STEP 3: Find a mentor. Mentoring is a great way to give direction to your development. A good mentor will not only act as a sounding board for ideas and questions on coaching, but can help you reflect on your coaching practice and philosophy.

STEP 4: Plan your CPD. CPD stands for Continued Professional Development and is the key to improving your technical, tactical and overall craft knowledge. Generally these cover any formal/informal training opportunity. This may involve a sport-specific opportunity like a Coaching Conference, observing a more experienced coach in practice or attending a workshop on Child Protection or High Quality Coaching.

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