Course Name: Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)
Age Requirement: 18
Pre-requisites: LiRF, Jog Leader, Coaching Assistant, Old UKA Level 1
Once qualified will I require supervision: No
Looking ahead what is next: On successful completion of this award, you will be able to progress to the Endurance Event Group Award.
*COACHING SUBSIDY: The sportscotland subsidy is available for this course. To apply for the subsidy or confirm if a candidate is eligible please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) programme is designed for those who want to get involved in coaching runners over the age of 12 who take part in non-track-based activities e.g. road, cross-country or multi terrain events.
The CiRF award provides coaches with an introduction to coaching knowledge and skills relating to running. During the programme candidates will be asked to consider the needs of individuals who have a range of fundamental movement skills and a range of physical fitness abilities regardless of their chronological age. CiRF coaches will work with runners of all abilities and interests, including those new to the sport, returning to the sport or competitive runners.
The CIRF (Coach in Running Fitness) programme is a 6 – 12-month development process to becoming qualified and licensed as a Coach in Running Fitness, however, once underway, applicants have up to one year to complete all elements of the qualification from their day 1 start date.
Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require an investment in their time to complete the work necessary for success at the assessment stage. The pre-course tasks, supported practice periods, planning, delivering, and evaluating training and preparation for assessment all form an integral part of the programme.
Please note that the CiRF programme is designed for coaches working in an off-track environment. You will however be licensed to provide coached sessions for non-track events using a track facility. Coaches who want to work with runners taking part in track-based endurance events such as 800m – 10,0000m or steeplechase should take the Athletics Coach award rather than CiRF. The CiRF course is designed for the participation running community as opposed to the performance pathway.
When qualified and licensed, the CiRF ideally will be operating in a team environment with a range of Leaders, Coaching Assistants and other coaches in the planning and delivery of these programmes.
Home Country Athletics Associations promote a culture of coaching co-operation and collaboration by providing further opportunities for formal learning and coach development. The CiRF programme is a formal step towards becoming licensed as a Coach; however, this is only the first step of the coach development journey, once qualified a CiRF can now progress to become an Endurance Event Group Coach.
Coaches must be 18 or over to embark on the CiRF programme. The programme is primarily for those working with runners up to and including the Event Group Development stage. All applicants must be active leaders or coaches who have completed as a minimum a Level 1, FiRF, LiRF or Coaching Assistant course.
It is strongly recommended that coaches have three months minimum practical experience of coaching after the completion of the LiRF award before commencing on the CiRF programme. Candidates may progress quicker, at their own discretion, however insufficient coaching / leading experience may have an impact in successfully completing the assessed elements of the programme.
CiRF is about the broad application to non-track based endurance running events rather than specific events or distances. If you want to coach middle and long distance ON TRACK you should take the Athletics Coach award.
For a coaching license to be processed, coaches are required to complete the UKA Mandatory Training (Tier 2) and have a current police record check, PVG. Checks are not transferable between sports and other organisations therefore UKA must have a new check made.
Before attending day one of the course, it is important to:
The assessment elements consist of two distinct parts:
To pass the course, candidates are required to attend all three days and complete the homework activity. The programme combines classroom-based activity and practical sessions so candidates should come dressed for light exercise, which could take place indoors or outside, and should be prepared for all weather conditions. If there are any medical reasons why an individual cannot take part in an activity, they should let the tutors know at the beginning of the day.
Prior to day 4, candidates will complete an online multiple-choice test on your MyLearning Portal. This will cover the underpinning technical knowledge of running and physical preparation covered throughout the programme.
On day 4, candidates will be required to deliver two parts of a session while being observed by an assessor. They will also be required to play the role of an “athlete” in the assessments of fellow coaches (where possible). If a candidate is physically unable to take part, they should inform the Home Country when their assessment day is confirmed and the assessor at the beginning of the day.
Once all the above elements are completed and a PVG / Self Declaration (if coaching Over 18’s) form has been submitted you will receive your coaching licence.
Upcoming Coach in Running Fitness courses are listed on our Coaching Qualifications page.