Coach Education Pathway Update - Sept 2016

Coach Education Pathway Update - Sept 2016

Updated Sept 2016
British Athletics will continue to align a Coaching Development Pathway that is consistent with the Athlete Development Model; conforming to a General to Specific training policy, which is progressive and logical. The current formal Coach Education Pathway from Leader to Assistant and Coaching roles reflects this transition.
The introduction of optional “add-on” modules post Athletics Coach qualification has resulted in health and safety, licensing and insurance complexities. 

The sport’s concern for continued quality coaching combined with safeguarding both athletes and coaches has resulted in the following changes:

Athletics Coach Add on Modules:

1. Triple Jump, Wheelchair Racing and Race Walking modules can be completed online, once the sections have been completed and the multiple choice questions successfully answered candidates will receive an updated coaching licence to reflect this additional module. Candidates that have completed these since 6th January 2014 will now have their amended coaching licences released.

2. Pole Vault, Hammer and Discus modules – qualifications can be completed online. There is a requirement to be practically assessed in these events, to complete and gain the qualification.

In this regard, England Athletics have organised a series of Assessment Day opportunities across the country. Coaches who have completed the online modules, but have not been practically assessed, are encouraged to book on an Assessment for the event they require.

Bookings and information regarding the Assessment Days are currently available at: www.ulearnathletics.com/module/133

Event Group qualifications

The Event Group Coach programme is designed to provide licensed Athletics Coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved with coaching athletes at the Event Group Development stage of the athlete development pathway. It is comprised of an online distance learning module and an in person 'Integration Day'.

The Event Group Integration Day is the final step in gaining an Event Group Qualification and will pull together much of the content covered within the qualification online modules, through discussion and group work.

England Athletics have organised a series of Integration Days. To be eligible to book onto the Event Group Integration Day a coach must have completed the Event Group online course. Details of these Integration Days can be found at: https://www.ulearnathletics.com/module/102

It is important to note that to complete the full Event Group Qualification, coaches must have:

Jumps

• Completed the Event Group Jumps Online course
• Completed the Athletics Coach add-on online modules for Pole Vault and Triple Jump
• Undergone an assessment for the Athletics Coach add-on module for Pole Vault
• Attended the Integration Day

Throws

• Completed the Event Group Throws Online course
• Completed the Athletics Coach add-on online modules for Hammer and Discus
• Undergone an assessment for the Athletics Coach add-on module for Hammer and Discus
• Attended the Integration Day

Sprints and Hurdles

• Completed the Event Group Sprints and Hurdles Online course
• Attended the Integration Day

Endurance

• Completed the Event Group Endurance Online course
• Attended the Integration Day

 

This information has been produced on the basis of information received from British Athletics. As a result of discussions on the Education and Coach Development Pathway, the UK Coach Education Steering Group has advised British Athletics of some key amendments to ensure the safety of athletes and coaches and maintain the quality of coaching.