Coaching Qualifications

There are two distinct roles and entry points into the British Athletics Coaching Development Pathway - as either a Leader or as an Assistant Coach.

All courses will run if a minimum number of 12 candidates are confirmed by the registration closing date. Course registrations will close on the advertised date, or as soon as the course is full. Maximum numbers are 16 on CiRF and Athletics Coach; 16 on Coaching Assistant and 20 on LiRF. Please register at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. 


Course Fees: 

Leadership in Running Fitness: £125.00 (affiliated) / £155.00 (non-affiliated)
Coaching Assistant:  £170.00 (affiliated) / £210.00 (non-affiliated)
Coach in Running Fitness: £350.00 (affiliated) / £400.00 (non-affiliated)
Athletics Coach: £350.00 (affiliated) / £400.00 (non-affiliated).


All course and workshop bookings are bound by the Welsh Athletics Terms and Conditions.


Please see below for full details of our qualifications.


An exciting workshop for primary school teachers and those wishing to deliver athletics in curricular and extra-curricular time. The workshops are based on the Teaching Primary Schools Athletics resource and demonstrate teaching progression across primary school age groups in both generic and athletics specific running, jumping and throwing activities. The workshop involves:


•Interactive and practical activities

• An extensive Teaching Resource which includes:

  • Two examples of Schemes of Work and two blocks of 6 week lesson plans
  • Over 20 activity cards covering running, jumping and throwing
  • A series of support cards on How to Measure a pupils progression and improvement, Top Tip Inclusion Cards, Team Relays and Timed Runs information cards.

Aimed at qualified and trainee teachers and those who support in the delivery of high quality sport and physical education in primary schools. The workshop aims to give the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to deliver enjoyable and engaging lessons that focus on encouraging maximum participation and increasing understanding, skill acquisition, fitness and enjoyment of children.


The Resource


Run, Jump, Throw embraces a child’s natural desire to move. The resource focuses upon running, jumping and throwing, the building blocks of athletics, which in turn underpin nearly all other sports and physical activities. Within this resource teaches will find three teaching sections covering the main stages of development:

• Ages 5 - 7 Years

• Ages 7 - 9 Years

• Ages 9 - 12 Years


Course Details


Duration:  Available in both 3 hour and 6 hour formats


Cost:  Individual person price £60 (3 hours), Group Booking £450 (3 hours, minimum of 8 candidates) or £650 (6 hours, minimum of 10 candidates)


Maximum candidates per workshop: 18


For more information please contact

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While not a formal qualification the Leading Athletics workshop is ideal for those looking to lead athletic activities for young athletes; the perfect stepping stone towards the Coaching Assistant qualification.


Who is it for?

The workshop is widely used by schools, colleges and universities across Wales to deliver leadership requirements within the curriculum and includes:

  • Interactive practical 3-hour workshop
  • Workbook
  • Support Resource - information on the roles and responsibilities of a leader, how to lead a fun and inclusive athletics session and on how to develop your leadership skills. Crammed with ‘Top Tips’ for effective delivery, it explores the key principles of running, jumping and throwing events whilst providing technical information.
  • Set of Game Cards - how to set up fun and engaging activities which are designed to help introduce young athletes to the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing.
  • Interactive Leading Athletics App - compliments the workshop and allows users to interactively deliver activities and seamlessly link to other support resources (available on App Store and Google Play Store, this is not included in the price of the workshop).


Benefits for the Learner:

•Workshop and resources provide support to a programme of delivery

•A solid foundation from which to progress on to the formal British Athletics Coaching or Officiating Pathway

•Helps to develop generic leadership and delivery skills, which are vital in other areas of life

•Allows those who are not necessarily ‘sporty’ to take a full and active role in athletics delivery

•Improves self-confidence and potentially behaviour through taking responsibility for their own and others learning and enjoyment


Benefits for Organisations:

•A recognised award that is delivered across the UK

•Trains and develops enthusiastic volunteers who can help support the delivery of athletics activities in Wales, cultivating a more ‘committed workforce’

•Creates new leaders that can be utilised to deliver athletics activities within lunchtime and after-school clubs, sports festivals and tournaments, holiday schemes and community sports events

•In a school setting, athletics leadership has the power to positively improve pupils wellbeing, ability to learn, grow and develop as young adults

•Increased understanding and empathy with others helps to create a supportive and co-operative atmosphere

•Improved relationships between community groups, schools and local organisations


Cost:  Individual  - £20   per person (or £25 per person to include Support Resource)

Workshop - £350 per workshop (with up to 20 attendees)

To arrange a workshop for your organisation or athletics club please contact


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The Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and insurance to lead running based fitness sessions for people over the age of 12.

The course enables Leaders to deliver fun and safe sessions to multi-ability groups and to provide advice and support to new runners, as well as to develop pathways for those who want to progress. The course focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those not traditionally attracted to a running club.

Course Details

Duration: 1 day (usually 9am – 5pm)

Cost: Affiliated: £125    Non-Affiliated: £155

Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 18. Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module.

For further details please visit ulearn.

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A Coaching Assistant will be insured to take a coaching role working under the supervision of a Coach (Athletics Coach or an existing UKA Level 2 coach or higher).

This qualification is aimed at Club volunteers, aged 16 and over, looking to get started on the Coach Development Pathway. This course is for those who wish to move towards being an Athletics Coach and to begin to gather experience making coaching decisions.

This course covers the basic fundamentals of movement with an introduction to the key principles of athletics; running, jumping, throwing and also includes wheelchair racing, over obstacles, as well as race walking. Also covered is the identification of the principles that underpin and improve performance, applying an athlete centred approach to delivery and a basic introduction to the energy systems. You will learn how to implement the best practice principles for organisation, group management and safety in a changing environment. In the practical element of the course you will use and develop appropriate session plans, practice coaching followed by peer review and develop technical awareness and skills.

When you have completed the course and received your Coaching Assistant licence you will be assisting in the delivery of athletics coaching sessions under the supervision of a qualified Coach. For participants under 18 years of age, this will mean ‘direct’ supervision, whereas for 18 years and above this will be ‘indirect’ supervision.

Course Details

Duration: 2 days – a weekend course, usually between 9am – 5pm both days with classroom and practical activities

Cost: Affiliated: £170   Non-Affiliated: £210

Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 16. Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module.

Pre course material - please visit Ulearn.

Post course supporting information - please visit Ulearn. 

Assessment – No assessment element. A Coaching Assistant licence will be awarded to attendees who have successfully engaged in the tasks and activities throughout the course and demonstrated engagement following any discussions with course staff.


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


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, LiRF or Coaching Assistant course.


Please note that the CiRF qualification is about the board application to non track based endurance running events and 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.


Course Details


Duration: 4 contact days along with home study, planning and preparation for assessment. Day 1 & 2 delivered as a weekend and Day 3 is held 4-6 weeks later. There is then 10 - 12 weeks before Day 4, which is an observed practical assessment. The CiRF programme will take a minimum of five months to complete, however, once underway, applicants have up to two years to complete all elements.



A combination of classroom-based activity and practical sessions covering:

•Warm up and Skill Development

•Fundamental Running skills

•Testing and Monitoring (and their purpose)

•Introduction and development of HOW-2 skills (Observation & Analysis / Feedback & Questioning/ Safety / Organisation / Instruction & Explanation / Demonstration)

•Athlete centred coaching

•Athlete Development Pathway

•Athlete profiling and short – medium term planning

•Inclusive coaching

•Common causes of injury and using coaching observation and planning to prevent injury

•Risk assessments

•Factors affecting performance, principles of training and fitness components


Cost: Affiliated: £350    Non-Affiliated: £400 (includes Day 1 & 2, Day 3 & Assessment Day)


Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 18. Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module.


Assessment: Online knowledge test, mesocycle plan and an observed practical assessment day. Click for full CiRF Assessment Guide.

For full detailed information and pre course material please visit the ulearn website.


For upcoming course dates please click here.

The Athletics Coach qualification will develop a coach’s technical knowledge and expertise across core event areas in run, jump and throw activities as well as specialising in the chosen Event Group area, supporting progress along the Coach Development Pathway.

This course is for anyone who has completed the UKA Level 1 Assistant Coach or UKA Coaching Assistant Award and who has spent a minimum of 6 months as an Assistant Coach and feels ready to take the next step to managing their own coaching groups.

Course Details

Duration: 4 contact days along with home study, planning and preparation for assessment. Days 1 and 2 are delivered on the same weekend and cover generic content. Day 3 is held 4- 6 weeks later and covers technical content in chosen event group. Day 4 is an observed practical assessment.

Generic Content:

  • Physical preparation and literacy
  • Jumping for Height and Jumping for Distance
  • Throwing focusing on the principles of Push and Pull techniques
  • Running fast, over obstacles, for endurance, wheelchair racing
  • Role of the coach
  • Athlete Centred Coaching
  • Athlete Development Pathway
  • Athlete profiling and short – medium term Planning

Event Group Technical Content: For full detailed information please visit the ulearn website

Cost: Affiliated: £350, Non-Affiliated: £400 (includes Day 1 & 2, Day 3 & Assessment Day)

Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 18. Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module.

Assessment: Online knowledge test, mesocycle plan and observed practical assessment in chosen event group. For more information see the Athletics Coach Assessment Guidance. 

Prior to attending the Athletics Coach course all coaches are required to complete the pre course material.

Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require an investment in their time to complete the paperwork necessary for success at the assessment stage.

When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision, working with Coaching Assistants and Athletics Leaders to support you in delivering the sessions.

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