Coaching Assistant

Update on the Coaching Assistant Qualification

England Athletics is currently working closely with UKA to develop, pilot and review a new method of delivering the Coaching Assistant qualification, which we hope will aid Clubs to increase the number of people coaching athletics.

Whilst the piloting and review processes are being completed, we recognise that there is still a need across Clubs to support individuals who want to embark on the coaching pathway. In this regard, we will continue to offer a number of the pilot courses across the Country, supporting demand up to Christmas.

It is hoped that by Christmas 2022 the review process will be complete and the new qualification will be ready to go live (and replace any previous methods of delivery for Coaching Assistant).

UKA have provided some additional information to outline the key changes that are being developed.

The Coaching Assistant Qualification has been revamped to meet today’s learners needs, using today’s technologies.

As the entry level qualification, the course is designed to provide prospective coaches with an introduction to coaching athletics via a range of running, jumping and throwing skills and activities. It also focuses on the introduction of the fundamental movement skills that underpin athletic activities.

The course is made up of four self-guided Modules*, a practical day with a Coach Developer present (or remote filmed activity with feedback from a Coach Developer) and a mandatory training module with Safeguarding Training and First Aid training relevant to the environment you are likely to be coaching in.

* Self-guided means that there is no tutor present and you work through the modules independently. The modules use a variety of learning activities including videos and interactive tasks.

England Athletics will continue to gauge demand for the Coaching Assistant qualification and look to ensure that we provide courses where there is a demand. For further information about upcoming courses, please contact enquiries@englandathletics.org

Course overview

The Coaching Assistant qualification is for those who wish to take their first step into coaching in athletics.

As the entry level qualification, the course is designed to provide prospective coaches with an introduction to coaching athletics via a range of running, jumping and throwing skills and activities. It also focuses on the introduction of the fundamental movement skills that underpin athletic activities.

Coaching Assistant has been relaunched as a blended course – made up of four Virtual Classroom Modules*, on-line self-guided learning modules** and a practical day.

This course is recommended for those that have decided to embark on the coaching pathway and forms the first step in their commitment to that process.

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Progression

When you have completed the course and received your athletics Coaching Assistant licence, you will be assisting in the delivery of athletics coaching sessions under the supervision of a qualified Coach. For participants undertaking the qualification who are under 18 years of age, this will mean ‘direct’ supervision, whereas for 18 years+ this will be ‘indirect’ supervision. Direct Supervision – a licensed coach should be in eyeline and earshot of the person being “directly supervised”.

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* A Virtual Classroom is an online classroom, facilitated by an experienced tutor and it allows participants to interact with each other and the tutor, view presentations and videos and complete group tasks.
** Self-guided means that there is no tutor present and you work through the modules independently. The modules use a variety of learning activities including videos and interactive tasks.