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coaching qualifications 

Coaching Assistant

This qualification is for those who wish to take the first step into coaching and working with athletes aged 8 years upwards.


The Coaching Assistant Award provides prospective coaches with an introduction to coaching athletics via a range of running, jumping and throwing skills and activities. It will also focus on the introduction of the fundamental movement skills that underpin athletics activities. To support the multi-event approach for developing athletes, Coaching Assistants will be expected to assist in the delivery of a range of sessions that develop running, jumping and throwing skills in their club.

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Athletics Coach

This qualification is the cornerstone of the On-Track qualifications pathway. The course consists of four face to face contact days, which includes a practical assessment. The course also includes an online knowledge test. Candidates will be able to plan a progressive training programme for athletes coaching a range of activities to prepare the developing athlete to run, jump and throw. Candidates will be able to start refining their coaching in one chosen technical event group area. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision.

The programme has been designed to support coaches in working with athletes in the foundation to event group development stage (typically under 18s) and advocates a multi-event approach in the development of athletes.

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Event Group

The Event Group Coach programme is designed to provide licensed Athletics Coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved with coaching athletes at the Event Group Development stage of the athlete development pathway. It is comprised of an online distance learning module and an in person 'Integration Day'. The course covers organising training and decision making, physical preparation, fundamental underpinning science and event specific technical information.

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Leadership in Running Fitness

The course is designed to prepare you to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for young people over 12 years of age and adults of any ability, size or shape. The course covers risk assessment, warm-ups, cool downs, and how to lead fun running sessions for a mixed ability group of runners.

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Coach in Running Fitness

This running fitness qualification is the cornerstone of the Off-Track pathway. It is primarily for those working with Off-Track runners who wish to improve their fitness. All applicants must be active leaders or coaches who have completed as a minimum a Level 1 Assistant Coach, Fitness in Running & Walking, LiRF or Coaching Assistant qualification. CiRF is about the broad application to non-track-based endurance running rather than specific events or distances and is not designed for coaches who want to work with runners taking part in track based events such as 800m–10k track races or steeplechase. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision.

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Athlete to Coach

The British Athletics Athlete to Coach Programme is a bespoke programme, which aims to provide athletes transitioning into coaching with the competencies required to be licensed as a British Athletics Coach.

This programme is not a short cut into coaching, but a programme designed to cover the content and competency requirements of the British Athletics Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coach Courses in a manner that meets the needs of ex-international athletes transitioning from competing to coaching.

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Recognition of Prior Learning

RPL is a process aimed at recognising, assessing and confirming the competencies a learner has obtained from other sources. RPL assessment enables learners, where appropriate, to forgo training (or elements of it) and move directly to having their competencies assessed. Although RPL is not necessarily a quick process, it aims to provide applicants (learners) with a flexible approach to having their skills and knowledge assessed against learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

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