Within the England Athletics framework for club and coach development and we are seeking to develop best practice in inclusive athletics through the integration of inclusive practice into our core programmes aimed at clubs and coaches.
Through our team of local Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSOs) we are working to ensure that Athletics Networks, clubs and coaches are receiving the relevant information, skills and knowledge to enable them to plan, provide and access fully integrated and appropriate opportunities for disabled people in athletics.
Inclusive Coaching Guidance Documents (Ambulant and wheelchair)
These guidance documents provide detailed support for coaches working with disabled athletes and those interested in developing their knowledge. 2 resources are available covering guidance for ambulant athletes (sprints, jumps, throws and endurance) and wheelchair athletes (seated throws and wheelchair racing). The documents cover topics such as classification, eligible events, event specific rules and adaptations linked to Athletics 365. The guidance documents can be found on uCoach, please click here.
UK Disability Inclusion Training: Athletics / Running course
This is a general awareness course to support clubs and coaches to include disabled people in athletics and running. The workshop can be delivered as a 7 hour course, or as separate theory and practical modules, and is for anyone who is involved in an athletics club or running group who wants to know more about including disabled people in our sport. The practical module is particularly relevant to coaches and leaders and the course is ideally designed for people who have little or no experience of working with disabled people and who aren’t necessarily working with disabled people already.
- Click here for more information, or to find out how to book a course.
- This leaflet also available at www.englandathletics.org/ukDIT
- The online theory module costs just £10 for England Athletics affiliated members and can be accessed by visiting https://www.ulearnathletics.com/module/131
Parallel Success Coach and Athlete Talent Introduction Days
Coach and Athlete Talent Introduction Days are for new or beginner athletes and for clubs and coaches interested in developing their knowledge of coaching disabled athletes.
They include workshops on throws, sprints and jumps and wheelchair racing which aim to increase the knowledge and understanding of clubs and coaches and provide relevant information regarding appropriate competition opportunities/pathways and classification.
Parallel Success Days take place from October-March; find out more on the British Athletics website, or download the poster.
Flying Coach visits
Flying Coach visits are available by request to provide specific support, knowledge and skills to clubs and coaches currently working with disabled athletes. Are you interested in coaching deaf or disabled athletes? Anyone can register their interest, whether an existing or current coach, interested in transferring knowledge or if you are new to coaching.
Wheelchair Racing: An introduction to basic push technique, chair set up and training programmes.
Seated throws: Advice and guidance on seated throws, including throwing frames, tie downs and fixings.
Coaching visually impaired athletes: Advice and guidance on supporting blind or visually impaired athletes, to include guide running and competition pathways. See Guide Running document on the right.
Coaching D/deaf or hard of hearing athletes: Advice and guidance on coaching deaf and hearing impaired athletes. To include information on effective communication, technology, Deaf UK Athletics and competition pathways.
Coaching athletes with a learning disability: Advice and guidance on coaching athletes with a learning disability. To include information on Mencap, Special Olympics and competition pathways.
Other impairment specific visits: Advice and guidance on coaching athletes with a specific impairment (Cerebral Palsy, amputees etc). To include information on National Disability Sports Organisations and competition pathways.
- To arrange a Flying Coach visit, to register your interest to coach or for further specific support and advice please contact your local CCSO.
- Click here for information on the Sports Coach UK Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport course.
- Click here to vew our resource on Athletics and Mental Health.
Impairment Specific Factsheets
Sports Coach UK and the NDSOs have developed a handy set of Impairment Specific Coaching Awareness Factsheets.
Click here to download them from their website.
British Sign Language (BSL) videos for Athletics
32 BSL athletics video clips are available on uCoach to support leaders and coaches to communicate with deaf participants along with some generic videos for sport. The videos have been created in partnership with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) and show some signs for basic athletics words and phrases such as ‘run’, ‘jump’ and ‘throw’.
- For general BSL videos for sport visit www.ndcs.org.uk/BSLforSport.
- For more BSL information and resources see www.DeafBooks.co.uk.