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Coaching Assistant (delivered by trainee tutors)

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This course is being delivered by a group of Trainee Tutors and supported by England Athletics Tutor Developer Team. This is part of the ongoing trainee tutor programme and quality assurance for workforce development. Due to the courses being delivered by Trainee Tutors, there is a chance that some of the delivery of the course may not be a seamless / fluid as other courses. We will endeavour to minimise any disruption as much as we can, and will ensure that the key learning points are covered across all aspects of the course. The Tutor Developers will be on hand to ensure that the expectations of the course are delivered.

In recognition that the courses are being delivered by a team of Trainee Tutors, we are offering these courses at a significantly reduced price.

Cost
England Athletics £100

Introduction

Introduction

This qualification is for those who wish to move towards being a coach and begin to gather experience in the detail of making coaching decisions. Once qualified you will be able to coach under supervision from a Licensed Coach.

Candidates must engage in tasks and activities throughout the course and demonstrate improvement following any discussions with course staff. Candidates not engaging within all aspects of the course are at risk of not gaining the qualification at the end of the process.

Taking the Coaching Assistant award will place you on the first step of the athletics coaching ladder. It is an excellent starting point for your coaching pathway, and will prepare you for progressing towards the Athletics Coach qualification.

The Coaching Assistant award has been devised to provide an introduction to coaching in athletics. The course covers basic principles of running, jumping and throwing as the cornerstone of all athletics events. It will also focus on the introduction and development of fundamental movement skills to support athletics activities. A solid foundation and knowledge of athletics is required by the Coaching Assistant therefore this is the point of entry to the coach education system for all aspiring coaches. An understanding of the principles of movement related to running, jumping and throwing are essential as these form the foundation and basis for training in all athletics events. As athletes grow and develop and new training methods are introduced the foundations of athletics will be required. For example, when strength training, the movement principles of throws should be maintained whilst doing medicine ball work, while endurance runners will need coordination, balance and strength in order to perform plyometric activity. Therefore fundamental skills and the movement principles of jumps should be utilised.

When you have completed the course and received your Coaching Assistant license you will be assisting in the delivery of athletics coaching sessions under the supervision of a qualified British Athletics Coach. This means that as a Coaching Assistant you may be working with a group of athletes without the physical presence of the Coach next to you, they may be operating at another part of the track, however they must be at the venue. Consequently the Coaching Assistant should be skilled in organising groups, ensuring safety, setting up and running stage appropriate athletics activities, and beginning to observe and analyse athletic movement.

Course Duration: 2 day

Assessment: None

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Important Information

Important Information

Minimum Age: The minimum age to attend this course is 16 years old

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities and we are committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity and inclusion within our sport. To ensure the coach qualification process provides equality and fairness it is important that:

we understand the nature of candidates’ disability, so the course tutor is aware and can make reasonable adjustments ahead of the course being undertaken

we support candidates with early interventions where candidates may not be engaging within the course

Candidates must engage in tasks and activities throughout the course and demonstrate improvement following any discussions with course staff. Candidates not engaging within all aspects of the course are at risk of not gaining the qualification at the end of the process.

Welfare and Safeguarding: Following a directive from the Child Protection in Sport Unit, UKA has introduced a mandatory safeguarding module. The module is a short (1-2 hours) bespoke module in partnership with EduCare which is available on the UKA and HCAFS booking platform.

Discounts Available: NO. The course is run by trainee tutors and is already offered at a reduced price

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Welfare & DBS

Welfare & DBS

To be insured having taken this course it is a legal requirement that you also apply for a disclosure check with the relevant authority in your Home Country (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

If you live in England or Wales:

As well as taking this course you will have to apply for a DBS check with UK Athletics. For details on how to apply please visit the following link. Please direct all enquiries to the UKA Welfare Office on 0121 713 8450 or by emailing David Brown at dbrown@uka.org.uk.

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Before Registering for this course

Before Registering for this course

Before you begin registering for this course you need to establish if you already have an account with us. Use the flow chart below to help you.

The HELP section for usernames and passwords can be found here.

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How to Book Guide

How to Book Guide

The process for booking onto the Coaching Assistant course is exactly the same as that for booking onto a LiRF course. Follow the user guide and/or video at the following link and just replace the words "COACHING ASSISTANT" every time you see "Leadership in Running Fitness" or "LiRF" mentioned.

Link to HELP section and HOW TO GUIDE.

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Free Athletics 365 App

Free Athletics 365 App

In England the cost of the course also includes the Athletics 365 iphone/Android app, which is worth £10.

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