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Quick Facts


  • Course Name: Event Group Coach

  • Environment: On-Track

  • Age Requirement: 18

  • Assessment: Yes- A short open book multiple-choice test at the end of every online module.

  • Pre-requisites: Athletics Coach, UKA Level 2-4 in anything apart from Children in Athletics

  • Once qualified will I require supervision: No

  • Looking ahead what’s next: Event Specialist

  • Alternatives: CiRF- if you wish to learn about coaching purely in an off-track environment. If you are no longer interested in obtaining further qualifications, you may be more interested in attending Continual Professional Development (CPD) Events.

  • Lunch: Not included. (We cannot guarantee that all venues have refreshment facilities so please bring lunch and a drink with you).

Where Does Event Group Coach Lie On The Coach Development Pathway?

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The Event Group Coach Award is located on the ‘Coach’ tier of the ‘On-Track’ Coach Development Pathway. This award has been designed to build on from, and develop the knowledge attained in the previous Athletics Coach Award. So, to qualify for this award you must hold a valid Athletics Coach Award or equivalent (UKA Level 2-4 in anything other than Children in Athletics). As a licensed Event Group Coach you will be able to lead a group of athletes unsupervised.

British Athletics and the Home Country Athletics Associations promote a culture of coaching co-operation and collaboration by providing further opportunities for formal learning and coach development.

Overview

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The Event Group Coach programme has been designed to provide licensed athletics coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved in coaching athletes at the Event Group Development stage of the athlete development model (typically 14-18 years). Coaches who undertake this course will develop their technical knowledge and expertise across the individual events that make up event areas. There are currently four event group areas available; Sprints and Hurdles, Jumps, Throws and Endurance.

It’s important to note that candidates are not restricted to taking only one event group. We actively encourage candidates to get involved in coaching across event groups.

The Event Group Coach Award is made up of two component parts, an online learning component and a single integration day. Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that the online learning component requires a significant time commitment.

Am I The Right Person For The Course?

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To be eligible for this course you must be 18 or over. This course has been designed as a sequel to the Athletics Coach Award; hence you must hold a valid Athletics Coach Award or equivalent (a minimum old UKA Level 2 in any discipline except Children in Athletics).


The programme has been designed for those working with athletes at the Event Group Development Stage (typically 14-18 years). To get the most out of this programme, all candidates must be actively involved with athletes in the Event Group Development stage.

What Is The Role Of The Event Group Coach?

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The Event Group Coach has specific expertise in coaching young developing athletes. They will undertake the same role as an Athletics Coach but with a focus on developing young athletes for senior success.

What’s the structure of the course?

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The course structure is summarised below:


  • Online learning component
  • A single integration day

This award consists of two main parts, an online learning component and a single integration day. The online learning component allows coaches to work through the programme at their own pace. A thorough understanding of the material is essential to be successful on this programme and so to ensure all material is understood candidates are required to take a short multiple-choice test at the end of each module. While the total number of modules varies among event groups there are roughly 25 in total. It is expected that the online learning component will take around 25-30 hours or 4-5 days of total study time to complete.


The single integration day allows coaches to come together to discuss how the information they have studied online can be integrated into a training plan for athletes at the event group stage of the athlete development pathway. There is no practical assessment as coaches are already qualified to coach unsupervised.

What topics are covered?

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Below is a summary of the topics covered within the Event Group Coach programme

1. Training organisation and decision-making


  • Coaching Philosophy
  • Classifying training methods
  • Long term development of (Sprints and Hurdles, Jumpers, Throwers, Endurance)
  • Training organisation strategies
  • Designing training progressions
  • Organising training

2. Event Group Specific Content


  • Event Group specific concepts for (Sprints and Hurdles, Jumpers, Throwers, Endurance)
  • Understanding the performance profiles for (Sprints and Hurdles, Jumpers, Throwers, Endurance)
  • Event technical models for (Sprints and Hurdles, Jumpers, Throwers, Endurance)
  • Teaching progressions for (Sprints and Hurdles, Jumpers, Throwers, Endurance)
  • Specific training methods (CE and SDE) for (Sprints and Hurdles, Jumpers, Throwers, Endurance)

3. Physical Preparation


  • Warm up and cool down
  • GPE training methods
  • SPE training methods
  • Running drills
  • Introduction to weight training

4. Fundamental underpinning science


  • Adaptation
  • The science of Strength and Conditioning

How should I prepare for the course?

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Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require a significant time commitment to complete the online learning component. However, with the exception of the multiple choice tests at the end of every module of the online component there is no assessment of actual coaching practice during this award.

Are there any resources available?

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The online content contains all of the resources necessary for this qualification. Please click here for more information

In addition to this, candidates should make use of the free resources made available on uCoach.com

As a licensed Event Group Coach - what’s next?

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The Event Group Coach is currently our highest level of qualification. To continue your learning, please check to see what Continual Professional Development Events are taking place near you!

I still have more questions?

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If you still have more questions - have a look at our Event Group Coach FAQ page and hopefully you will find the answers to all your questions

How do I book?

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