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This page will highlight opportunities for learning and obtaining awards for coaching:

Key Sections 

Athletics Coach Award

Coach in Running Fitness Award (CiRF)

Event Group Coach

Athletics Coach Award

The Athletics Coach programme has been designed to support coaches in working with athletes in the Foundation to Event Group Development Stage (typically under 18’s) and advocates a multi-event approach in the development of athletes.

Coaches who opt for this pathway will be expected to develop their technical knowledge and expertise across a range of events in relation to run, jump and throw activities. Developing expertise across a range of events will be advantageous to the development of all athletes as well as supporting your progress along the Coach Development Pathway.

This qualification is the cornerstone of the On-Track qualifications pathway. The course consists of 4 face to face contact days, which includes a practical assessment. The course also includes an online Knowledge Test. Candidates will be able to plan a progressive training programme for athletes coaching a range of activities to prepare the developing athlete to run, jump and throw. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision.

Day 1 & 2 of the course will cover the generic content of running, jumping and throwing. Candidates can then select an event technical Day 3 & 4 option including Endurance, Throws, Jumps and Speed. This can be booked once you have secured your place on the Day 1 & 2 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.

 

Further details of the course can be found on uLearn.

 

Coach in Running Fitness Award

The Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) programme  is designed for those who want to get involved in coaching runners over the age of 12 who take part in non-track based activities e.g. road, fell, cross country or multi terrain events.

The CiRF award will provide coaches with an introduction to coaching knowledge and skills relating to running. During the programme, candidates will be asked to consider the needs of individuals who have a range of fundamental movement skills regardless of their chronological age. CiRF coaches will work with runners of all abilities and interests, including those new to the sport, returning to the sport or competitive runners.

The CiRF programme is a twelve month development process to becoming qualified and licensed as a Coach in Running Fitness, 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 four 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.

Further details of the course can be found on the ulearnathletics website - click here.

Event Group Coach Award

PLEASE NOTE: The Event Group courses are split into 2 components: an online module and an Integration Day. The cost of each component is £75 (i.e. a total cost of £150). The Event Group online courses can booked via uLearn.

The Event Group Coach (EGC) programme is designed to provide licensed athletics coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved with coaching athletes at the Event Group Development stage of the athlete development pathway.

THIS COURSE CAN ONLY BE TAKEN BY COACHES WHO ALREADY HOLD AND "ATHLETICS COACH AWARD" OR ARE ALREADY QUALIFIED AT "LEVEL 2" OR ABOVE UNDER THE OLD UKA 'LEVELS' SYSTEM AND ARE LICENSED TO COACH WITHOUT SUPERVISION. COACHES WHO HOLD A CiRF QUALIFICATION ARE ELIGIBILE TO TAKE THE EVENT GROUP ENDURANCE. A FULL LIST OF ELIGIBLE QUALIFICATIONS IS INCLUDED IN THE EVENT GROUP FAQ

For Coaches progressing through the new pathway since September 2014 further information regarding progression routes can be found in the April 2015 Qualifications Update.

The course has content aimed at each of the four event group areas - sprints and hurdles, jumps, throws and endurance.

Coaches who undertake this course will develop their technical knowledge and expertise across the individual events that make up each of the event areas: 

  • Sprints and Hurdles: Short and Long Sprints and Hurdles
  • Jumps: Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault
  • Throws: Shot Putt, Discus, Javelin and Hammer
  • Endurance: Middle/Long Distance, Steeplechase, Race Walking

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 EGC programme has two components to it:

  1. An online learning component, which coaches can work their way through at their own pace. A thorough understanding of all the information presented online will ensure all candidates are at the same level and can get the most out of the second part of the programme. To ensure all candidates study the material a short multiple choice test must be completed online at the end of every module.
  2. A single integration day during which coaches will come together to discuss how to integrate the information they have studied online into a training plan for an athlete at the event group development stage of the athlete development pathway.

Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require a significant investment in terms of time 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.

More information on the Event Group Award HERE.

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