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Whatever your background, you can get involved in coaching. There are many benefits to the person coaching, and the person being coached including:

  • Physical wellbeing
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Individual development
  • Social development
  • Economic development

By getting involved in coaching you can help transform lives and inspire an active nation.

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Coach Learning

If you are helping out by assisting a coach, you do not always need a formal qualification to get started. A Level 1, sport-specific qualification will give you more confidence in your ability. Your club, centre or group should be able to guide you. They may also require you to have knowledge of first aid and safeguarding children as well as a DBS check.

To coach independently, clubs and governing bodies of sport usually require you to have a minimum standard of training - often leading to a Level 2 sports-specific coaching qualification. Most will help you to obtain this.

To progress in your coaching, you may wish to take a Level 3 qualification or deepen your skills in a particular area (such as coaching disabled sports people) by attending a training course.

Regardless of the sport or activity and the level at which you're coaching, our Code of Practice for Sports Coaches provides invaluable guidance on rights and responsibilities.

Your local County Sports Partnership (CSP) may also be able to help you get out and get going. County organisations have dedicated coaching officers/managers who will have opportunities with different groups and in a broad range of environments. Go along to a 'First Steps into Coaching' introductory session run by CSPs. Find your local CSP here.

What can each coaching role do?


You can independently organise and promote fun, active events for individual and small groups, getting more people active.

Assistant Coach

You can help coaches deliver parts of sessions, such as warm-ups, cool-downs and small-sided games (supervised).

Lead Coach (Level 2)

You can prepare, deliver and review coaching sessions independently.

Level 3 (or higher)

You can lead a team of coaches. At this level, you may hold a position such as director of coaching.

If you're just starting out, why not check out 'New to Coaching', a group specially for beginner coaches to learn from on ConnectedCoaches.

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Many governing body programmes are UKCC-endorsed – meaning that they meet an agreed set of standards. The UKCC – managed by UK Coaching – is a framework for developing, endorsing and continuously improving coaching education programmes. UKCC-endorsed programmes provide a positive learning experience, focused on helping you coach safely and effectively at different stages of your coaching.

You can be assured that your UKCC-endorsed qualification is nationally recognised against the government's skills agenda. This gives you a clear vocational pathway, which increases your opportunities for personal and career development.

Find out more about Qualifications and training for your specific sport via its Governing Body website.

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