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.
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.
Athletics Hub is the new booking system for all qualification and development opportunities for coaches and officials. This system is being used by all Home Country Athletics Federations and British Athletics. For more infomation on how to navigate Athletics Hub click here.
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.
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
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
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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:
- 3-hour interactive online course or a practical 3-hour workshop
- 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 - £25 per person to include Support Resource
Workshop - £350 per workshop (with up to 20 attendees)
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To register your interest in attending the course, please complete the Expression of Interest form. Once a course is set up, we will contact you to inform you that registration is open.
The Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) Online and Practical course will focus on the safe organisation of achievable and progressive running activity and how to lead a group of runners of varying ability.
It focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those not traditionally attracted to a running club.
On completion of the course, you will be qualified and insured to take a group of runners on a group run. You will also be eligible to complete the Coach in Running Fitness course where you will learn to make long term plans and progress for runners.
Part Online, Part Face-to-face: This course consists of a series of Online Learning Modules and a half-day practical.
Online with remote assessment: This course consists of a series of Online Learning Modules, a requirement to film yourself leading within your natural club environment, and a 90 minute virtual classroom.
Cost: Affiliated: £125 Non-Affiliated: £155
Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 18. Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module. For the remote assessment, you will require access to a qualified leader to supervise the session and a group of approximately 5 runners to demonstrate your understanding.
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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.
Duration: 2 days – a weekend course, usually between 9am – 5pm both days with classroom and practical activities
A part online, part face-to-face practical is now available. This will consist of a weekend course (10am-3pm) followed by a practical day
Cost: Affiliated: £170 Non-Affiliated: £210
Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 16. Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module.
Once you have purchased the Coaching Assistant course you will be able to access the Pre and Post course material via the 'Go to MyLearning' tab on Athletics Hub. For more information on how to find this material and navigate other parts of Athletics Hub click here.
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 broad 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. Those looking to coach these event groups should attend the Athletics Coach course.
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
•Common causes of injury and using coaching observation and planning to prevent injury
•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. You will require a mentor who has qualified as a Coach in Running Fitness.
Assessment: Online knowledge test, mesocycle plan (an 8 week training plan) and an observed practical assessment day. Click for full CiRF Assessment Guide.
Once you have purchased the CiRF course you will be able to acess the Pre and Post course material via the 'Go to MyLearning' tab on Athletics Hub. For more information on how to find this material and navigate other parts of Athletics Hub click here.
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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.
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.
- 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 Athletics Hub 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. You will need a mentor who has qualified as an Athletics Coach.
Assessment: Online knowledge test, mesocycle plan and observed practical assessment in chosen event group. For more information see the Athletics Coach Assessment Guidance.
Once you have purchased the Athletics Coach course you will be able to acess the Pre and Post course material via the 'Go to MyLearning' tab on Athletics Hub. All coaches are required to complete the pre course material prior to attending. For more information on how to find this material and navigate other parts of Athletics Hub click here.
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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Movement Skills Part 1 is the first in a two part offering of workshops open to all Leaders and Coaches that focus on movement patterns that underpin all athletic events. Movement Skills Part 1 and Part 2 are both delivered as an online-based workshop.
- An introduction to movement skills to develop athletic performance
- Scientific theory of the demands placed on the body in performance
- Practical concepts covered to overcome the demands placed on the body
- Gain an understanding of the various training modalities
- Improved use of the body to perform
- An understanding of how to best challenge to perform
- Improved library of drills and exercises to implement
- The ability to implement drills and exercise within plyometric, strength and movement skill training
- Online-based workshop allowing users to complete in their own time – users can pause, replay and come back to the module so that they can go and practice activities, or take a break, without having to complete in one sitting
Leadership in Running Fitness, Coaching Assistant or higher.
It is strongly recommended that coaches complete the Movement Skills Part 1 online workshop before moving to the Movement Skills Part 2 workshop.
Movement Skills Part 2 is the second in a two part offering of online workshops open to all Leaders and Coaches that focus on movement patterns that underpin all athletic events.
- A reinforcement of the key concepts introduced in Movement Skills Part 1
- Develop your ability to coach movement based training
- An introduction to how the ability to move can influence injury potential
- Practical exposure to progressing and regressing drills and exercises based on athletic ability
- The importance of organising training strategies
- Enhanced understanding of Movement Skills Part 1 key concepts
- Your athletes have an enhanced opportunity to be more efficient movers
- Understand ways in which you can develop robust athletes
- An understanding of how drills and exercises can be tailored to an individual
- The ability to organise and deliver a structure progressive session
Leadership in Running Fitness, Coaching Assistant or higher
Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that coaches complete the Movement Skills 1 online workshop, then Movement Skills Part 2 online workshop.
1.5 hours (self-paced)
This workshop is designed to be a ‘refresher’ for qualified Leaders in Running Fitness. The workshop will cover information and content that will have been introduced throughout the LiRF qualification, as well expand on and extend to content that may well be new. Delivered via an interactive virtual classroom, the overall aim of the workshop is to increase knowledge and confidence for Run Leaders across Wales. The 2 hour session is designed to be interactive and informative, giving participants an opportunity to reconnect with best practice ideas for delivering effective running sessions.
Topics covered and reviewed include;
- The Role of a Leader
- Athlete Development Model
- Plan – Do – Review Process
- Session Plan Summary
- Principles of a RAMP Warm Up and Cool Down
- Session Planning & Components of Fitness
- Best Practice ‘How 2’ and ‘What 2’ Skills
- Using the STEP principle
- Barriers to Participation
- Next Steps on the Run Leader journey
- Re-visit key topics covered during the LiRF qualification
- Develop a wider understanding of the role of a Run Leader
- Improve and increase confidence in delivery of running and walking activities
- Develop a further understanding of how to deliver well-structured and engaging running and activities
- Engage with a network of like-minded individuals and share in best practice ideas and discuss challenges around delivering to mixed ability groups etc
The candidates will have received pre-course information to familiarise themselves with the workshop content and prompt any questions around key themes that they would like to ask during the workshop
Having attended a previous Leadership in Running Fitness course or be LiRF qualified