The Coaching Assistant award offers candidates the opportunity to take their first steps towards becoming a fully licensed coach and is aimed at those who are seriously considering coaching regularly in the future. The award is primarily aimed at adult athletes, ex-athletes and parents who work with athletes between 8-18 years of age but can also include adults.
The Coaching Assistant award includes information on the movement and mechanical principals that underpin run, jump and throw activities. On successful completion of the two day-attendance only programme the Coaching Assistant will be required to work under the guidance of a supervising Coach. Coaching Assistants can be involved in analysing and providing feedback (coaching) to athletes rather than simply supervising (leading) activities. Coaching Assistants require the supervision of a licensed Coach (Athletics Coach or CiRF). The Coaching Assistant Award acts as a pre-requisite for either the Athletics Coach or the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF).
To be eligible for this course you must be 16 years or over. The Coaching Assistant Award is aimed particularly at adults, athletes, ex-athletes and parents who are working with athletes who fall within the Fundamentals and Event Group Development stages of the Athlete Development Model (ADM).
An important point to note is that this course is not about individual Athletics events. Coaching Assistants will not learn how to develop pole vault, but will be introduced to the movement and mechanical principals of running, jumping and throwing as a basis for success in all Athletic events including middle and long distance endurance. The Award covers the core coaching skills of demonstration, observation, analysis and feedback.
For a assistant license to be processed, candidates require a current Access NI police record check. Checks are not transferable between sports and other organisations therefore you will need to conduct a new check to be insured. The Access NI check itself is free for club volunteers.
Full details of this course can be found on British Athletics' uLearnAthletics.com website HERE.
If you would like to see the resources provided on this course before you attend they are also on uLearnAthletics.com HERE.
Please see details below of the next available Coaching Assistant Qualification being run by Athletics Northern Ireland:
Please note: Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis as the course is in high demand. You can only secure places when we receive payment by cheque or card. If your club is paying for you place on the course you must provide us with the name and email address of the club treasurer or secretary, your place will then be reserved once we receive their details.
The majority of courses run during the autumn and winter months. However, we run courses based on demand. If you would like us to contact you when a new course becomes available then please sign up to the waiting list.
Yes. In addition to attending the Coaching Assistant course you need to apply for an Access NI check. Please download the required forms below and follow the instructions carefully.