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.
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Pre Course resources
Before attending the Athletics Coach course you should read and complete the following material:
- Induction Pack
- Intervention Strategies
This induction 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 induction 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 Athletics Coach Pre-Course Tasks here:
Please note that the Athlete Development Model Document that is available on uCoach can also be downloaded below:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
Session Plan & Self Evaluation
Download the Session Plan and Self Evaluation documents here:
Athlete Profile Template
Download the Profile template that is introduced on Day 3:
Download the Homework Pack here:
Day 1-3 Handouts for coaches commencing the course from 1st January 2016
Assessment Resources for Coaches Commencing the Course after 1st January 2016
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.
Assessment Resources for Coaches Commencing the course before 1st January 2016
There are three assessment mechanisms for the Athletics Coach Award.
- Coaching Diary via PebblePad
- Online Technical Knowledge Test via uCoach
- Observed Practical Assessment
Athletics Coach Assessment Guidance for Candidates has been devised to help you through the assessment process. Please download this document for detailed infomation on how to complete the assessment process for all these three areas.
Athletics 365 Matrix for completing the Coaching Diary
This matrix has been designed to help you complete the compulsory Coaching Diary, which forms part of the assessment for the Athletics Coach qualification.
Download the Athletics 365 Matrix here:
Athletics Coach Assessment Coach Diary
On successful completion of day 3 of the Athletics Coach course, candidates are required to submit a Coaching Diary for assessment. The Coaching Diary is based on your experiences during supported practice and delivery of sessions to profiled athletes. In order to pass the award the Coaching Diary must be successfully completed.
The diary is split into three workbooks which are available on PebblePad for you to complete and submit online as you progress through the qualification. Below are several videos to get you started:
Video 1 - How to login to PebblePad, select and save a Workbook
Video 2 - How to find, edit and print pre-course resources
Video 3 - How to open, save, edit and submit a Workbook
Video 4 - How to view feedback from Assessor, edit Workbook and re-submit
Coaching Session Plan Template
The Coaching Session Plan template allows you to write down the main aims of the session and consider personal coaching goals. Alongside this is also includes a self-evaluation section.
Download the Coaching Session Plan Template here:
Athletics Coach Support Coach resources
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:
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:
Self Evaluation Example
Support Coaches can download a completed self evaluation form.
Download the Self Evaluation Example here:
Session Plan Example
Support Coaches can download a completed Session Plan.
Download the Session Plan Example here:
Resources For AC Courses Commencing Between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2015
Resources for those coaches who started the Athletics Coach qualification between 1st September 2014 and 31st December 2015 are available for download below:
Resources For AC Courses That Commenced Prior To 1st September 2014
Resources for those coaches who started the Athletics Coach qualification before 1st September 2014 are available for download below: