Coaching Assistant

The Coaching Assistant qualification has been revamped to meet the needs of today’s learners, and utilising today’s technologies.

The course is designed to introduce you to providing safe and enjoyable athletic experiences for young people aged 8+. The course covers warm-ups, the basic principles and underpinning principles of running, jumping, throwing, cool downs, and how to organise safe and fun sessions for a mixed ability group of athletes.

  • Book your place on the Coaching Assistant course via Athletics Hub

The course is made up of four on-line self-guided learning modules*, a 75-minute virtual classroom session *1 and remote feedback from a coach developer of a supervised session*2

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

*1 A virtual classroom is a teaching and learning environment, where participants can interact, communicate, engage with learning resources, view and discuss tasks, while working in groups all in an online setting.

*2 You will need to film yourself (complying with UK Athletics welfare requirements) leading and reflecting on two supervised activities, including running, jumping, throwing activities. You will be directed to upload these to our DREAMS platform, where a Coach Developer will review your coaching and provide developmental feedback.

Modules and sessions

Module One: Roles and Responsibilities of a Coaching Assistant

This module covers the roles and responsibilities of a Coaching Assistant; the differences between a Coach and a Coaching Assistant; the skills, knowledge and qualities required from a Coaching Assistant, the support structure within your coaching environment and good practices needed when coaching.

Module Two: Engagement and Relationship Building

This module looks at how to establish the athlete’s aims and aspirations; the different types of communication and coaching skills required from a Coaching Assistant; the ways communication can build an effective and lasting relationship with the athletes.

Module Three: The Coaching Process

This module helps you learn how to: identify what an athlete should be doing in their training; state each of the core coaching process skills required from a Coaching Assistant; plan and set up a safe, engaging, learner-centred environment; state the most appropriate equipment for the athlete depending on the task and their ability; describe what makes the coaching environment inclusive and fair; choose a range of interventions to help athletes learn.

Module Four: The Fundamentals of Movement and Technique

This module covers the fundamentals of movement and their importance in athletics; Identifies the technical points for running, pushing, jumping and throwing; identifies the contents of a warm-up and a cool-down.

Virtual Classroom session

This session allows the learner to reflect on the content covered in the four online modules and prepare for their filmed session.

Remote Practice

Participants are asked to film themselves leading a run, jump or throw activity, whilst looking to implement the HOW2 skills covered within the 4 online modules. Participants are then asked to reflect on this delivery with their support coach and make changes to a second activity based on that feedback. A Coach Developer will provide developmental feedback on the video content submitted.

On completion of all sections above and UKA Licencing requirements you will be issued with a Coaching Assistant Licence card.


  • Book your place on the Coaching Assistant course via Athletics Hub
  • Prices: £184.50 (affiliated clubs and registered members) and £238.50 (for non-affiliated clubs / non-registered members)