Becoming a Coach

Getting into coaching, either track and field athletics or endurance running can be a very rewarding experience. As an athlete, parent, club volunteer, student, teacher or someone who is interested in coaching there are several routes you can take.  With such a variety of events, disciplines and ages of individuals who require coaching in our clubs there is something for everyone.

You may want to or are already helping with a group at your club, school or running group. The next step is to attend a coaching course to gain instruction, knowledge and a qualification to validate your position.

The Decision Tree diagram will help you decide which course is suitable for the event, age group and discipline you want to coach.

You can access information about coaching courses and find the most suitable and convenient one for you on the England Athletics coaching website pages – Coaching Courses and Qualifying as a Coach

Coach Development

A number of ongoing opportunities exist to encourage and support coaches to develop their coaching knowledge and experience helping them progress in their coaching.

Information about the England Athletics Local & National Coach Development Programmes explains how coaches can access support through mentoring, coaching workshops and Masterclasses. Coaches can also access a host of technical and practical information, video footage, podcasts and research findings on the UK Athletics U Coach website.

Flying Coach Scheme

Coaches and clubs can access the expertise of a Flying Coach, a coach who will come and visit with them at their home location to share their coaching knowledge and skill on a specific event or topic. Details can be found here about the Flying Coach Scheme.

Coaching Licences

Coaching Licences need renewing every three years and coaches are reminded by letter when their licence is up for renewal. To renew their licence the coach must update their DBS (formerly CRB) certificate. This can be done online by accessing the coach’s individual page on the myATHLETICS portal.

For further information visit the DBS Process page of the England Athletics website.