This qualification is for those who wish to move towards being a coach and begin to gather experience in the detail of making coaching decisions. Once qualified you will be able to coach under supervision from a Licenced Coach.
Taking the Coaching Assistant award will place you on the first step of the athletics coaching ladder. It is an excellent starting point for your coaching pathway, and will prepare you for progressing towards the Athletics Coach qualification.
The Coaching Assistant award has been devised to provide an introduction to coaching in athletics. The course covers basic principles of running, jumping and throwing as the cornerstone of all athletics events. It will also focus on the introduction and development of fundamental movement skills to support athletics activities. A solid foundation and knowledge of athletics is required by the Coaching Assistant therefore this is the point of entry to the coach education system for all aspiring coaches. An understanding of the principles of movement related to running, jumping and throwing are essential as these form the foundation and basis for training in all athletics events. As athletes grow and develop and new training methods are introduced the foundations of athletics will be required. For example, when strength training, the movement principles of throws should be maintained whilst doing medicine ball work, while endurance runners will need coordination, balance and strength in order to perform plyometric activity. Therefore fundamental skills and the movement principles of jumps should be utilised.
When you have completed the course and received your Coaching Assistant license you will be assisting in the delivery of athletics coaching sessions under the supervision of a qualified British Athletics Coach. This means that as a Coaching Assistant you may be working with a group of athletes without the physical presence of the Coach next to you, they may be operating at another part of the track, however they must be at the venue. Consequently the Coaching Assistant should be skilled in organising groups, ensuring safety, setting up and running stage appropriate athletics activities, and beginning to observe and analyse athletic movement.
Course Duration: 2 day
Minimum Age: The minimum age to attend this course is 16 years old
Welfare and Safeguarding: To be insured having taken this course it is a legal requirement that you also apply for and gain the relevant safeguarding check provided by your Home Country. The process for this varies between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Discounts Available: YES coaches associated with an England Athletics affiliated club can receive a discount.Edit
There are discounts available for Leader in Running Fitness courses and these vary between courses run by each of the home countries:
Individuals who are affiliated to an England Athletics club can receive a £20 discount for this course. To receive your discount:
- If your club secretary has already registered you as a coach working for the club with England Athletics this discount will be applied automatically at check out.
- Alternatively, to gain your discount, at check out select your club from the options in the first box and then type the corresponding Club URN in the second box. You can get the club URN from your club secretary or another administrator at your club.
Welfare & DBS
To be insured having taken this course it is a legal requirement that you also apply for a disclosure check with the relevant authority in your Home Country (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.
If you live in England or Wales:
As well as taking this course you will have to apply for a DBS check with UK Athletics. For details on how to apply please visit the following link. Please direct all enquiries to the UKA Welfare Office on 0161 223 4246 or by emailing David Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you live in Scotland
As well as taking this course you will have to apply for a PVG check via Disclosure Scotland. For further details on this proceed please contact Scottish Athletics or visit the following webpage. Please direct all enquiries to Scottish Athletics on 0131 539 7320.
If you live in Northern Ireland
As well as taking this course you will have to apply for a Access Northern Ireland disclosure. For further details on this matter please contact Athletics NI or visit the following webpage. Please direct all enquiries to Athletics NI on 028 9060 2707.Edit
Pre and Post Course Resources
Before Registering for this course
Before you begin registering for this course you need to establish if you already have an account with us. Use the flow chart below to help you.
How to Book Guide
The process for booking onto the Coaching Assistant course is exactly the same as that for booking onto a LiRF course. Follow the user guide and/or video at the following link and just replace the words "COACHING ASSISTANT" everytime you see "Leadership in Running Fitness" or "LiRF" mentioned.Edit
Free Athletics 365 App
In England the cost of the course also includes the Athletics 365 iphone/Android app, which is worth £10.Edit