Coach Development & Qualifications

Athletics NI see the development of coaches and coaching as central to the success of athletics. We are committed to supporting the ongoing development of coaches in every event and at every level from grass roots right up to elite senior performance. In this section you can learn more about Athletics NI's vision for coaching and the various coach development opportunities that exist across the province.


A shared vision for coaching, created by coaches, with exceptional coaching for all athletes* at every stage of their athletics experience.

*When using the term ‘athlete’ we are referring to all participants and any level of performance.


To put coaches at the heart of the athletics community through a shared vision for coaching, with open and transparent communication, high levels of engagement and support, that is coach-focused and develops strong networks and great learning environments for coaches across the UK.

Via the links below, you can view the following material:

How do I become a coach?

To become a coach you will need to undertake a coaching qualification. There are several options available but the first step on the pathway is either the Coaching Assistant (for Track & Field and performance focused coaches) or Leader in Running Fitness (for those who want to help others use running to improve their fitness through programmes like Couch to 5K).

ACCESS NI / Licencing Process



Coach License Documentation

UKA Disciplinary Rules & Procedures

Coach License Term & Conditions

Codes of Conduct & Safeguarding

Lactate Testing Protocols

What other resources are available?

There has never been a better time to be a coach. Today the internet has given us access to a wide array of information from across the globe. Some of the key resources we suggest include:

Athletics Hub - British Athletics' dedicated coaching resource, with access to online training and coaching resources.

Athletics NI Coaches Facebook Page - where we advertise all our upcoming coaching events and courses. - Athletics NI's dedicated running community website with resources for running leaders.