Coach Development

Coach Development

England Athletics recognise that ongoing support and learning is vital to progressing coaching practice and building a community of coaches.  England Athletics have planned a pathway of coach development workshops and programmes that will add to the content and knowledge gained through the qualification pathway and enable a coach to further their own interest and practice. England will deliver a mix of formalised workshops and event development activity. 

Formalised workshops contain structured content and give coaches the opportunity to gain specific learning as described in the course briefing with the aim of adding to the content gained on a qualification. Examples are the Movement Skills and Physical Preparation workshops. The opportunity to meet other coaches and develop networks is also seen as a key part of this workshop delivery.

Event development activity ranges from National Conferences to Masterclasses and, launched in 2017, our coach and athlete workshops.  Building on the successful National and Local Coach Development Programmes which had a singular focus on coach development the new programme of event development activity will aim to bring coaches and athletes together, to aid coach learning as well as provide a motivational climate for the athlete.

Many of the events and workshops available from England Athletics can be booked via uLearn. Click here for a user guide to help you create an account / log in and book (PDF - 900kB)

Click here to view the latest coach development workshops and events

Coaching Pathway



For more about qualifications please click here For more about formalised workshops please click here For more about event development workshops please click here

Formalised Workshops

The current course list is focused on athlete movement and physical preparation, the underpinning physical qualities of performance gains.

Club Support Managers also have options to run event specific workshops for clubs in their areas. England Athletics contacts in your area can be found here.

Event Development Activity

Alongside the formalised workshop programme England Athletics will deliver a range of activities to support coaches in each event group area. 

National Conferences

One or two-day events bringing coaches together for world class content and practice. The aim will be to hold these annually where possible tying in with partners such as the European Athletics Association and the other home countries.


National Level one day or limited hours’ events that will concentrate on a specific area of expertise or subject matter.  See England Athletics event listings for details.

Local and Regional Coach and Athlete Days

Training and education days/evenings designed to bring together local coaches and athletes to train and develop expertise.  They will deliver a mixture of practical and theory content, enable coaches and athletes to mix and share experiences and cascade knowledge from the national level events.  These days will be organised and delivered by a team of Regional Coach Leads in each event group area (endurance/jumps/throws/speed).  Each Regional Coach Lead (3 or 4 across the country in the 4 event group areas) is tasked with delivering 4 coach and athlete days or evenings each autumn/winter.

Who are they for? Club coaches, and athletes (where advertised), who are looking to develop their skill level.  Suitable for Coaching Assistants, Athletics Coach and established coaches.

Details of activities in each event group are linked through the event pages:

National Coach and Athlete Training days

National Level Coach and Athlete days based around practical and theory activity in the same format as the local/regional days but with material presented at a high level with the aim of providing an intensive practical learning environment to stretch coach and athlete. 

Who are they for? Coaches qualified to a minimum of Athletics Coach or Level 3 with an aspiration to challenge themselves and the athletes they work with. 

Who will deliver? The National Coach and Athlete days will be delivered by the Coach and Athlete Development Managers and invited National Level Coaches with equivalent support staff.

Limited places will be available so book early.  Details will be made available on each event page:

Event Specific Programmes

A series of programmes focusing on certain events.  These will take the form of specialist workshops, training camps and coach and athlete training days.  See Event group pages as above.

Other coaching support activities

Support coaches

A peer mentoring programme accessed through an online portal that will be launched in early 2018

Coaches Club

An online learning platform to engage with England Athletics coaches that will be launched in 2018

Coaching Accreditation for Championships

Coaching accreditation for many England Athletics championship events is available. To apply for accreditation for our events please apply online on our Events Portal page. Please note we are not responsible for accreditation to non England Athletics events

You can also find out about more coach development activities through your local Club Support Manager.  For more details see the local information pages

General enquiries about coach education should be directed to

Supporting Clubs in coaching

Resources for clubs to support their volunteers are available in the Volunteer Resources section of Clubs Section of the website