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On Track Qualifications

Coaches who wish to work in an on-track environment conducting sessions using an Athletics Track (such as 10K track competitions) should take the On-Track pathway and progress from Coaching Assistant to Athletics Coach and then onto the Endurance Event Group or Middle Distance or Long Distance Event Specialist Awards.

There are three stages within this route:

Coach Assistant

Athletics Coach

Event Group Coach

Coach Assistant

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The Coaching Assistant Award offers candidates the opportunity to take their first step onto the Coach Development Pathway and is for those who are seriously considering coaching regularly in the future. The award is primarily aimed at adult athletes, ex-athletes and parents who work with athletes between FUNdamentals and Event Group Development stages of athlete development.

The Coaching Assistant Award includes information on the movement and mechanical principals that underpin run jump and throw activities.

On successful completion of the two day-attendance only programme the Coaching Assistant will be required to work under the guidance of a Supervising Coach.

Coaching Assistants can be involved in analyzing and providing feedback (coaching) to athletes rather than supervising (leading) activities. Coaching Assistants require the supervision of a Licensed Coach.

The Coaching Assistant Award acts as a pre-requisite for subsequent coaching qualifications on the Coach Development Pathway.

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Athletics Coach

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The Athletics Coach (AC) programme is designed for those who want to get involved in coaching athletes in track and field athletics, including track based endurance running (Middle Distance, Long Distance and Steeplechase). This programme advocates a multi-event approach in the development of athletes and covers the Foundation stage of athlete development.

Coaches who opt for this pathway will be expected to develop their technical knowledge and expertise across a range of events in relation to running, jumping and throwing activities; this will form the basis of a strong training and competition base regardless of the event-specific choice later in the athlete’s development.

During the programme, candidates will be asked to consider, plan for and adapt training to meet the needs of individuals who have a range of abilities, experiences and fundamental movement skills regardless of their chronological age.

The AC programme is a twelve month development process to becoming qualified and licensed as an Athletics Coach, however, once underway, applicants have up to one year to complete all elements of the qualification from their day 1 start date.

The taught part of the course is three days in duration; however, this should be viewed as part of a longer developmental process which will ultimately lead to a coach being licensed to coach unassisted.

Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require an investment in their time to complete the work necessary for success at the assessment stage. The pre-course tasks, supported practice periods, planning, delivering and evaluating training and preparation for assessment all form an integral part of the programme.

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Event Group Coach

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The Event Group Coach (EGC) is a programme designed to provide licensed coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved in coaching athletes at the Event Group Stage of Athlete Development (typically 14-18 years old).

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. In the future this will be expanded to include combined events and wheelchair racing.

All applicants are required to hold at least a valid Athletics Coach Award or a minimum of an old UKA Level 2 Award in any discipline expect Children in Athletics.

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 it requires a significant time investment to successfully complete the online learning component.

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Event Specialist (Coming Soon)

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The Event Specialist Qualification is yet to be released. However the structure of this qualification will be the same as for the Event Group - there will be a series of online modules followed by a one-day attendance day. The Event Specialist Award builds on from the knowledge acquired in the Event Group Award, however this will now be in much more detail as the focus now turns to a specific single event.

Further information will be published when additional details are confirmed.