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Minimum Standards for Active Coaches of Children and Young People

Additional guidance tool for coaches developed in partnership with governing bodies of sport and key Partners the Youth Sport Trust (YST) and Association for Physical Education (afPE)

The ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ have been replaced by the ‘Minimum Deployment Requirements’. You can find out more about them here

This interactive tool builds on the Minimum Standards for Active Coaches by providing guidance to you on:

  • The minimum qualification (as stated by the relevant governing body of sport) required for a lead coach coaching children and young people in the following environments:
  1. primary school
  2. secondary school
  3. club
  4. community/local authority
  • Additional important information the governing body recommends should be considered alongside the qualification
  • Recommended additional training identified by the governing bodies of sport, UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK) and other key partner organisations to be considered alongside coaching qualifications.

The tool will also signpost you to more information on:

  • governing body coaching qualifications
  • additional training courses recommended by UK Coaching and key industry partners AfPE and Youth Sport Trust

Minimum Standards for Active Coaches of Children and Young People


Please Note: This tool is a guidance document only and does not supersede direct advice from a governing body of sport. If you have any queries on the governing body recommended qualifications or additional training, please contact them directly​. For more information on UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK) recommended training visit the 'Learn' section of this website. Some Local Authorities may operate a local register of approved school coaches and/or their own guidance on Minimum Standards for Active Coaches.  In such instances Local Authority guidance may take precedence over the information contained within this guidance tool.

Related Resources

  • Organisations: Minimum Standards for Active Coaches

  • Minimum Standards for Active Coaches

  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children


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