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Recruiting the Right Children’s Coach for your School

Top tips to help make it easier for you to safely recruit children's coaches into your school

The ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ have been replaced by the ‘Minimum Deployment Requirements’.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

  • Make the job description and person specification specific to the type of coach you want to recruit.
  • Use an application form as you may not collect all the information you need with a CV.
  • The type of coach you want should influence where and how you advertise.
  • It is essential to see a coach in action as part of the interview.
  • When interviewing, have at least one panel member skilled in coach observation. Your local CSP may be able to help with this.
  • Give the practical session at interview a higher weighting in scoring than the question-and-answer session.
  • Some pre-employment checks are a requirement by law – make sure you know the facts.
  • If you employ a coach for more than one month, you have a legal obligation to provide them with a written statement of their employment details through a contract of employment within two months of them starting the post.
  • Build into your contract other elements you might need, such as attendance at training and data collection.
  • Ensure you check the coach’s qualifications and take a copy of relevant certificates.
  • It is best practice to build in a probation period for your coach

Safe Recruitment

Working in a regulated environment with a responsibility for safeguarding children, you will be familiar with the need to conduct safeguarding checks on your staff members. These criteria should be extended to sports coaches you deploy; you should ensure that your coaches meet the core minimum standards for active coaches, which provide information and guidance on safeguarding children and vulnerable groups. This guidance includes the recommended level of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for both lead and assistant coaches.

Minimum Standards

For Active Coaches - Core Guidance for Organisations


Minimum Standards

For Active Coaches of Children and Young People



The Association for Physical Education (afPE) has produced the Safe Practice in Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity resource, which is the most comprehensive guide of its kind.

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UK Coaching also works in partnership with the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU), and on its website, you will find useful support tools; for example, a safeguarding support toolkit and checklist. 

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Recruitment Templates

UK Coaching has created draft templates that can be amended for your school to help you with every step of the recruitment process, making it as easy as possible for you.


Coaching in Primary Schools Toolkit

This resource is part of a series aimed at primary schools in the UK developed by a range of national organisations.

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  • How Primary Schools Can Retain and Develop Coaches


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