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The Athlete to Coach Programme

The Athlete to Coach Programme

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 Licenced 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.

During years of competing, international athletes can acquire technical and tactical knowledge with respect to themselves and their event. The challenge for transitioning athletes is how to transfer and deliver this knowledge and experiences in a way that is meaningful to others.

As such this 6-day programme (taking place over a period of 7 months) is designed to challenge the learner to shift their thinking from that of an elite athlete to one of a coach. The content will be delivered by a team of experienced Coach Education Tutors and Ex-International Athletes (who have already completed this transition). It will be delivered in classroom and practical settings with coaches expected to practice and reflect on content covered between the timetabled days with the support of a qualified coach. Day 6 of the programme will be an assessment day. At this day the developing coach will be assessed by a UKA assessor against the competence criteria required to be a UKA Licenced Athletics Coach

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Programme Objectives

Programme Objectives
  • The Athlete to Coach Pathway (ACP) will support athlete transition from elite athlete to Coach at a timely point

  • The ACP will deliver knowledge and skills content in a learner centred and bespoke fashion

  • The ACP will be delivered by suitably qualified peers and experienced tutors

  • The ACP will meet the competency criteria of the Coaching assistant, Athletics Coach Award / CiRF Award and be assessed in the same way
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Areas Covered

Areas Covered
  • Technical Knowledge across all the track and field event groups to Foundation Level as a minimum

  • Factors Influencing Performance

  • Energy Systems and Training Principles

  • Athlete Centred Coaching

  • The Athlete Development Model and Pathway

  • How people learn

  • Skill Development

  • Athlete Profiling

  • Short and Medium-term planning

  • Coaching Process Skills

  • The Role and Responsibilities of a Coach
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Who is eligible for the programme

Who is eligible for the programme

Athletes who can evidence:


  • A commitment to coaching

  • Must have competed as a senior representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including event specific at GB&NI level), or competed as a senior for your Home Country
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Cost of the programme and booking application process:

Cost of the programme and booking application process:

The cost of the 6-day programme is £665

To apply, please return you application form and cheque (made payable to UK Athletics) to

Natalie Gould at:

UK Athletics

UK Athletics House

Alexander Stadium

Perry Barr

Birmingham

B42 2BE

Athlete to Coach Course Application Form (1) (PDF File, 463KB)

All expressions of interest in this course should be made to Natalie Gould (ngould@uka.org.uk). Please email Natalie if you require anymore information on the programme.

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Funding Options

Funding Options

1) Split payments over 4 month – Cheques to be posted in advance dated as below. Please email ngould@uka.org.uk for more information

2) British Athletics Supporters Club Bursary. You can apply for a £250 bursary towards the course here: https://www.basclub.org.uk/athletics/bursary

3) Contacting your local club for support. Clubs receive grants to put coaches through courses.

4) If you have recently been on funding or are still on funding, you will be able to apply for the Personal Development Award through UK Sport.

Athlete PDA Leaflet 2014 (PDF File, 581KB)

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