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From January 1st 2016, the assessment of the Athletics Coach course will include an online knowledge test (including health and safety) and a practical assessment. The Athletics Coach 2016 Online Knowledge Test can be accessed and completed at any point in time but must be completed to pass the qualification. The practical assessment is slightly longer and will require candidates to bring along a Mesocycle plan, in addition to their session plan. The plan will be discussed as part of an extended review at the Observed Practical Assessment (OPA) day.

On this page you will find all the ‘pre course’ and ‘post course’ resources you will need to ensure success on the Athletics Coach Award.

Please see the DOCUMENTS block at the top right hand side of this page to quickly access all the documents referenced in one location.

For more information about the Athletics Coach add on modules available on LEARN please click here.

Pre Course resources

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Before attending the Athletics Coach course you should read and complete the following material:


  1. Welcome Pack
  2. Intervention Strategies

Welcome Pack


This welcome pack provides an introduction to the Athletics Coach programme and should be read before attending the first weekend of the course and also prior to attending day 3. The pack provides information about the structure and content of the course.

Prior to attending the course, candidates are required to read the welcome pack and complete the pre course work. Please note it will take a few hours to read and complete the pre-course work so please don't leave it until the last minute to complete these tasks!

If you have previously attended the Coaching Assistant course, you are strongly advised to re-read your workbook notes and revisit the uLearn Coaching Assistant Resources page to refresh your memory!

Download the Welcome Pack here (Please note that there is reference to PebblePad within the Welcome Pack that is no longer relevant):

K3410 Athletics Welcome Pack (PDF File, 9582KB)

Download the Athletics Coach Pre-Course Tasks here:

AC Pre Course Tasks (PDF File, 4399KB)

Please note that the Athlete Development Model Document that is available on uCoach can also be downloaded below:

UKA Athlete Development Pathway V1.2 Final (PDF File, 1480KB)


Intervention Strategies


Prior to attending the Athletics Coach Award, it’s recommended that candidates refresh their memory of the material presented in the Coaching Assistant Post Course Resources. Specifically pages 58-72 of the Coaching Assistant Manual. This section discusses the various intervention strategies a coach can implement.

This section of the Coaching Assistant Manual can be downloaded here.

Intervention Strategies.pdf (PDF File, 1565KB)

Course Resources

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Blank Task Card Template


As an Athletics Coach, Coaching Assistants may assist you in the delivery of training sessions. Coaching Assistants may use task cards or session plans supplied by you, the supervising coach.

If you wish to create your own task cards to be used in your coaching sessions, please download the blank template below.

Blank Task Card.pdf (PDF File, 305KB)


Body in Sport

Athletes come in all shapes and sizes and have different skin colours, but their bodies all work in exactly the same way. As you develop an understanding of how the body is built you are better able to understand how it responds to exercise and training. You do not need the detailed, complex knowledge of a doctor but you do need to know the basic structures of your body and how they work together.

Download the Body in Sport document here:

UKA Body in Sport.pdf (PDF File, 3572KB)


Components of fitness

Coaches use information, knowledge and experience alongside the knowledge he/she has of an athlete to produce effective training programs. But before you begin to look at building training programmes it is important to understand what is meant by ‘fitness’ and how it can be developed.

Download the Components of fitness document here:

Components of Fitness.pdf (PDF File, 4769KB)


Health & Safety

Health and Safety is an extremely important part of becoming a coach. This detailed document outlines why as coaches we must care.

Download the Health & Safety document here:

Award Resources Health and Safety FINAL Sept 2014 (PPT File, 2288KB)


Session Plan & Self Evaluation

Download the Session Plan and Self Evaluation documents here:

Coaching Session Plan Template (DOCX File, 16KB)

Coaching Session Self Evaluation Template (DOCX File, 15KB)


Athlete Profile Template

Download the Profile template that is introduced on Day 3:

On Course Athlete Profile Resource AC (DOCX File, 68KB)


Homework Pack

Download the Homework Pack here:

Athletics Coach January 2016 Homework Pack v3 (DOCX File, 184KB)


Day 1-3 Handouts for coaches commencing the course from 1st January 2016


AC ENGLAND DAYS 1 3 JAN 2016 (PDF File, 28451KB)

AC NI DAYS 1 3 JAN 2016 (PDF File, 26741KB)

AC SCOTLAND DAYS 1 3 JAN 2016 (PDF File, 28387KB)

AC WALES DAYS 1 3 JAN 2016 (PDF File, 28331KB)

Video Resources

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To view the Athletics Coach Video Resources please click here.

Assessment Resources for Coaches Commencing the Course after 1st January 2016

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From January 1st 2016, the assessment of the Athletics Coach course will include an online knowledge test (including health and safety) and a practical assessment. The Athletics Coach 2016 Online Knowledge Test can be accessed and completed at any point in time but must be completed to pass the qualification. The practical assessment is slightly longer and will require candidates to bring along a Training Group Development Plan (Mesocycle), in addition to their session plan. The plan will be discussed as part of an extended review at the Observed Practical Assessment (OPA) day.

The existing Athletics Coach Assessment Guidance for Candidates has been unaltered, candidates are asked to disregard the sections covering the coaching diary and PebblePad as these are no longer used as assessment mechanisms. The document will still however provide you with useful information regarding the online knowledge test and the observed practical assessment.

Athletics Coach Mesocycle Template (DOCX File, 67KB)

AC Assessment Guide 2016 V2 (PDF File, 665KB)


Coaching Session Plan Template (DOCX File, 16KB)


Athletics Coach Support Coach resources

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As a Support Coach you will assist learning by being a 'critical friend', reinforcing technical information (What 2 Coach) and supporting across coaching process skills (How 2 Coach).


This will help the developing Athletics Coach prepare for all aspects of their assessment. The Support Coach section aims to provide a supportive environment to enable coaches to practice what was learnt on course.

Without your assistance the development of these Coaches would not be possible, so thank you for your help and support in this.


  • Athletics Coach Support Coach Guide


This Support Coach Guide aims to provide a supportive environment to enable coaches to practice what was learnt on course.

Download the Athletics Coach Support Coach resources here:

K3541 Athletics Coach Support Coach Guide v3 (PDF File, 2903KB)


  • How 2 Coach Cards


The Coaching Process Skills (or How 2 Coach skills) are divided into a number of key areas. The developing Coach will be familiar with these as they have been included in both the Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coach course. As a Supporting Coach it would be useful to observe their coaching and question them on key areas of ‘How 2 Coach’ to highlight any areas where the developing coach needs to improve prior to assessment.

Download the How 2 Coach Cards here:

How 2 Coach - On Track 4 Cards.pdf (PDF File, 657KB)


  • Self Evaluation Example


Support Coaches can download a completed self evaluation form.


Download the Self Evaluation Example here:

Self Evaluation.pdf (PDF File, 38KB)


  • Session Plan Example


Support Coaches can download a completed Session Plan.


Download the Session Plan Example here:

Session Plan.pdf (PDF File, 39KB)

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