If you are unsure about taking the step to become a
qualified coach why not try an introductory course first.
This is a great way to get an insight into coaching and see
if coaching is for you.
There are many types of introductory courses which
are either generic or sport specific. The generic courses are
primarily organised by Sports Leaders and Dragon
Sport, the sport specific courses are run by the National
Governing Body of sport.
The UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) is an endorsement of
coach education programmes across 31 sports throughout the UK
and sets a benchmark for all coaches, against agreed criteria
For sports clubs, the UKCC means the coaches you bring into your
club, or the members whom you train as coaches, will have been
trained to a recognised standard of competency. For parents, this
also means that whoever is coaching their children will have been
professionaly prepared to provide appropriate coaching.
The introduction of the UKCC has shifted the culture of coaching
in the UK. A balance has been created between the traditional 'what
to coach' skills with greater emphasis on fundamental 'how to
Qualifications are also accredited by the Qualifications and
Curriculum Authority and Scottish Qualifications Authority.
The benefits this brings to coaches in Wales include:-
The UKCC is intended for all coach education programmes. A
series of standards have been established nationally at each
of four levels.
Within each level, there are minimum requirements covering such
topics as coaching practice, coaching science, teaching
competencies, safety and protection; these provide a solid
underpinning context for all coaching and are progressive through
Within each sport, the Governing Body also provides contextual
material so that each coach education course relates directly to
the nature and activities of that sport.
There are four recognised coaching levels within the
programme, of which the first two will be of most interest to
clubs. These are:
Level 4: This is currently under review and are concerned
with professional coaching and innovative coaching methods
Sports Coach UK is the national agency responsible for the
overall development of the scheme and the sports councils in each
of the four home nations have a coordination role for their
However, within each sport, it is the governing body that is
responsible for the development and delivery of the coach education
programmes within that sport.
The governing bodies participating in the scheme are
reviewing and extending their existing coach education programmes,
and developing new materials, to ensure that these programmes can
be endorsed against the UKCC standards.
Sport and coaching in particular is continually changing which
posses challenges for all those involved. Coaches are
recognised to be at the very heart of sport and it is
important that they keep up to date with the latest
developments and training to ensure that they are providing the
right environment for those that they coach.
Whether you are a just starting on the coaching ladder
or have been coaching for many years it is just as important
to keep learning, developing and finding new creative ways to
learn, improve and grow.
There are many things you can do to improve your coaching,
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) does not mean that you
have to keep going on the next level of
qualification, attending a seminar or workshop or
shadowing other coaches and reading articles and journals, all
these are classed as CPD and will help you become a more resourced
and competent coach.
So you want to attend coaching courses and workshops, you have
the time and commitment but don't neccessarily have the money -
dont worry there are a number of ways that you are able to access
funding for coach education and training.
Visit our funding and support page for more
To find out about the Sports Coach UK CPD Workshops we can
offer, please visit our Club Soltions website by clicking
here. You will find a range of information on the
types of workshops available, latest events as well as how to
organsise your own workshop for your organsiation.
With this in mind the Sport Wales South East Regional office
played host to a pilot workshop on the 31st March 2011,
targeting sports development officers from local authorities and
national governing bodies of sport. The workshop explored what
needs to be done to double the number of active coaches and
volunteers and what resources can help the process so that we are
not all re-inventing the wheel.
Outcomes of the workshop
The following documents were used throughout the day
tutor - Tutor slides
the parents - Brickfield Rangers FC
For classes or accommodation at the National Centre please contact 0300 300 3123