Coaches and leaders are the backbone of our sport, they inspire, support and work across all events, ability levels, aspirations, and ages to develop all athletes. Through this we aim to produce better athlete enjoyment and performance levels.
England Athletics wants to inspire coaches and leaders by providing direct support through our track & field journey and our off track journey. Both journeys benefit from structured qualifications and on going development opportunities throughout.
If you’re disabled and would like some additional support to become a leader or coach then we’d be happy to help you. Register for the course you’d like to attend and follow the registration instructions to declare a disability and request the additional support you’d like. Then we’ll be in touch to arrange it where possible. Some examples of the support we have provided previously include BSL interpreters, printed resources in large print, support on course (bring a scribe, bring a guide, bring a buddy), and bite size learning (complete a course in smaller chunks).
Track & field
Individuals who wish to work in a track & field environment supporting sessions using an athletics track (such as 800m-10k track competitions, sprints and hurdles, jumps or throws) should take the track & field journey.
Individuals who wish to work in a purely non-track based environment have a pathway specifically designed for their needs. This journey is for those coaches who work exclusively with athletes training for road running, fell, cross country or multi terrain events.
Managing your online profile
Once you have started on the coaching pathway (or if you are already a registered athlete or official) you will have a profile created for you where you can;
- Check your DBS status
- View your qualifications and courses undertaken
- Ensure that your email address (and postal address) are up to date so you can be sent information such as the coaching ebulletins containing information on opportunities and support available for coaches
DBS Checks and Safeguarding training
To have a valid coaching licence you also need to have a current DBS check which should be renewed every three years.
From 1 April 2019 new coaches and those renewing a licence will also need to have undertaken safeguarding training. This has been devised specifically for athletics using UKA’s existing welfare policies and procedures, so all examples are relevant to the sport. The online nature of the training allows coaches to complete it in their own time and choice of location. The course, which is subsidised, will cost £10 to access, comprises two modules as well as a short, multiple-choice test after each module.
The course and information is available at http://www.uka.org.uk/SafeguardingCourse.