Coaching Qualifications

I'm already a coach/leader, which course should I complete next?

I'm interested in becoming a coach/leader, what course should I complete?

Since April 2010 Welsh Athletics have been implementing the new UKA Coach Development Pathway across Wales. The courses provide training relevant to the two distinct roles outlined in the pathway - Leadership and Coaching.


Entering the pathway as a leader provides you with a choice of two qualifications. Depending on the environment that you will be working in and the audience that you will be leading, the two Leadership qualifications designed to meet your needs are;

Leading Athletics - Track and Field fundamentals
Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) - Off Track running & fitness

Coaching (Track and Field)

If you choose to pursue the coaching pathway, the entry point for all future coaches is the Coaching Assistant course.

When you are qualified as a Coaching Assistant, should you wish to continue along the pathway to become a fully qualified coach, the next course to consider completing would be the Athletics Coach course.

Coaching (Off Track)

If you have completed a LiRF course, Coaching Assistant or either the old UKA Level 1 or FiRW course and would like to broaden your qualifications in the off track endurance sector of coaching, the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) course is the qualification for you.

Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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