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Friday 11th June 2021

Derek Easton has been a hugely influential figure coaching at Central AC, leading the club to a number of awards

UK Athletics support National Coaching Week

Great coaches are key to the sport’s recovery post lockdown, by transforming lives and inspiring communities through sport and physical activity.

At scottishathletics, we are pleased to support UK Coaching Week 2021 and the launch of ‘The Great Coaching Comeback’ – a year-long campaign aimed at directly supporting coaches as they return to coaching after pandemic restrictions have been lifted in Scotland and across the UK.

This year we’re calling on partners, sporting bodies, clubs and any other organisations, who recognise the power of the nation’s coaches, to:

  • show commitment to Duty to Care and the five pillars that make up #GreatCoachingSafeguarding, Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health and Well-being.
  • help to spread the important #CoachingForAll message that coaching should be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of gender, age, race, ability, faith, or sexual orientation.
  • amplify the importance of embracing diversity at all levels of sport and physical activity by providing a platform for your coaches to share their first-hand knowledge and lived experiences.
  • shine a light on the great work being done by the coaching community, helping to uncover the stories behind the people who have been so inspirational in keeping people active during these challenging times.
  • highlight the crucial role coaches will play in the year ahead, as we look to RECOVER, and take the opportunity to REINVENT so that together we REACH those most in need.

Coaching section on our website

‘Coaches and coaching are very much the heartbeat of our sport,’ said Mark Munro, Development Director with UK Athletics.

‘Rightly so, we always talk about putting the athlete(s) first. However, it is those people behind the athlete that make this great sport happen.

‘Coaches are vital to increasing participation, retaining athletes and developing athletes as well rounded ‘people’.

‘It is important that national governing bodies support coaches, recognise the hugely important role they play in our sport, celebrate and promote great coaching at every stage of the athlete pathway.

‘I personally would like to say thank you to each and every one of you.’


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The Coaching team at scottishathletics are delighted to confirm further Coach Education dates for learning sessions over the coming months.

These include the Athletics Coach and Coach in Running Fitness qualifications which are scheduled to take place through the summer and into the autumn.

In addition, more Coaching Assistant and Leadership in Running Fitness (Jog Leader) courses have been added for volunteers who missed out on these courses during our Spring Education program.

All course delivery is subject to Coronavirus COVID-19 protection levels and some courses may have to be re-scheduled should protection levels increase.

Additional courses will also be added to the programme – including further Athletics Coach, Coach in Running Fitness and Event Group Coach Integration courses.

In the coming weeks, there are options available in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Grangemouth, Dundee, Livingston and Tranent.

For further details and to book onto a course please review the Coaching pages of this website here


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