Privacy Disclaimer Sitemap UKA Sponsors Home page Coaching Qualifications Events Teachers Resources Contact Us Help Accessibility information Access Keys Skip to content Skip to navigation

UKA Coach Building A Better Coaching Environment

Coach in Running Fitness Award (CIRF)

Coach in Running Fitness - Course Overview

PLEASE NOTE: ENDURANCE COACHES WORKING AT TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETICS CLUBS SHOULD TAKE THE 'ATHLETICS COACH' QUALIFICATION. CIRF IS DESIGNED PRIMARILY FOR ROAD RUNNING CLUBS WHO DO NOT COMPETE ON AN ATHLETICS TRACK.

The Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) programme  is designed for those who want to get involved in coaching runners 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 will take a minimum of six months to complete, however, once underway, applicants have up to two years to complete all elements.

Please note that the CiRF programme is not designed for coaches who want to work with runners taking part in track based endurance events such as 800m – 10,0000m or steeplechase. If you elect to take the CiRF award you will not eligible to take the Event Group Endurance qualifications or any Event Specialist On Track Endurance awards without first taking 'Coaching Assistant' and then 'Athletics Coach'.

ROLE OF A COACH IN RUNNING FITNESS

• To identify, plan and evaluate the development needs of runners
• To supervise  Coaching Assistants or Leaders in the delivery of sessions or part sessions
• To manage the safety and welfare of those under your supervision
• To educate runners about all aspects of competition

WHO SHOULD GO ON THIS PROGRAMME?

Coaches must be 18 or over to embark on the CiRF programme.  The programme is primarily for those working with runners up to and including the event group development stage. All applicants must be active leaders or coaches who have completed as a minimum a Level 1, FiRW, LiRF or Coaching Assistant course.

CiRF is about the broad application to non track based endurance running events rather than specific events or distances.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME COVER?

• Fundamental running skills and drills
• Skill development
• Energy systems and endurance running
• Physical preparation
• Nutrition
• Injury prevention and management
• Flexibility
• Factors influencing performance
• Elements of planning and delivery
• The role and responsibilities of a Coach
• The core coaching skills
• Integrated coaching
• Athlete Development
• Athlete Profiling

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE?

Access to the CiRF supporting resources is through the Qualifications tab and CiRF section of the uCoach wesbite.  Resources include:

• Induction pack
• On course workbook
• Coaching Diary
• Assessment guidelines
• Course PPT presentation
• Role of Coach video
• On Track 4 Cards

PREREQUISITES

Anyone wishing to attend the CiRF programme will need to complete an application form and sign up to the terms and conditions of being a Coach. Forms should be submitted to the education team in the relevant Home Country. 

In addition to the application to be licensed, Coaches also need to hold a current UKA CRB or Disclosure check. A new Coach license can only be issued with a CRB. CRB checks are not transferable between sports and other organisations therefore UKA must have a new check made. The CRB itself is free for club volunteers.  For details on how to arrange a CRB check please click here.

Once candidates have registered for the CiRF programme they should access uCoach to view, download and print resources relating to the programme and the Coach role. Prior to attending the programme it is strongly recommend that candidates familiarise themselves with resources used. There is an Induction Pack to be completed prior to attending day one of the programme and candidates should begin as soon as they have booked.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THE PROGRAMME?

Prior to attendance, candidates will be expected to access and read a pre-course Induction Pack and familiarise themselves with the programme resources.

Candidates will be required to coach a group of runners and to have identified a support coach to mentor and assist them throughout and beyond the programme. Clubs, Athletics Networks or Club and Coach Support Officers should be able to advice.

The programme contact time consists of three full days; the first two days are over a weekend with the third day following approximately six weeks later (9 am – 5pm each day). Candidates will be required to attend all three days and engage in two periods of supported practice.

The programme combines classroom-based activity and practical sessions so candidates should come dressed for light exercise, which could take place indoors our outside, candidates should be prepared for all weather conditions. If there are any medical reasons why an individual cannot take part in activity they should let the tutors know at the beginning of the day. Throughout the day candidates will be expected to actively engage in all sessions including coaching group running activities and participate while others are coaching. There should be a morning and afternoon break and a 30 minute lunch break.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Candidates will be provided with an On Course Workbook to record any learning.

Please note that lunch is not provided and it is recommended to bring a drink as there is no guarantee of refreshments at all venues.

ASSESSMENT

Candidates will be required to complete and submit a written Coaching Diary for assessment based on their experience during supported practice and delivery to their profiled athletes. The Coaching Diary must be successfully completed to secure the subsequent place on the Observed Practical Assessment day. The practical assessment is available after day three and the second period of supported practice to allow time for completion of the Coaching Diary.

On the practical day itself, candidates will complete a multiple choice test paper on material covered on course including an assessment of underpinning technical knowledge. After the technical test the Observed Practical Assessments will begin and candidates will deliver two parts of a session while being observed by an assessor. They will also be required to play the role of an "athlete" in the assessments of fellow coaches. If you are physically unable to take part you should inform the Home Country when their assessment day is confirmed and the assessor at the beginning of the day.

HOW DO I BOOK?

UK wide implementation of all three courses started in September 2010 - see your Home Country Athletics Association website for course dates and details.

Navigation

Search

Email to a friend

Choose Your Palette:

login form