Event Group Coach

The Event Group Coach (EGC) has been designed to provide licensed athletics coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved in coaching athletes at the Event Group Development stage of the athlete development model (typically 14-18 years). Coaches who undertake this course will develop their technical knowledge and expertise across the individual events that make up event areas. 

For further information, contact Alison Grey

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There are currently four event group areas available; Sprints and Hurdles, Jumps, Throws and Endurance.

  • Sprints and Hurdles: Short and Long Sprints and Hurdles
  • Jumps: Long Jump, Triple Jump*, High Jump and Pole Vault*
  • Throws: Shot Putt, Discus*, Javelin and Hammer*
  • Endurance: Middle/Long Distance, Steeplechase, Race Walking

* For jumps and throws, coaches will be required to attend day three of the current athletics coach course elective and assessment.

During the qualification, candidates will be asked to consider, plan for and adapt training to meet the needs of individuals who have a range of abilities, experiences and fundamental movement skills regardless of their chronological age.

What’s Involved
  1. An online learning component, which coaches can work their way through at their own pace. A thorough understanding of all the information presented online will ensure all candidates are at the same level and can get the most out of the second part of the qualification. To ensure all candidates study the material, a short multiple choice test must be completed online at the end of every module. (£75 per Event Group)
  2. A single integration day during which coaches will come together to discuss how to integrate the information they have studied online into a training plan for an athlete at the event group development stage of the athlete development pathway. (£75 per Integration Day)

Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require a significant investment in terms of time to complete the online learning component.

However, with the exception of the multiple choice tests at the end of every module of the online component, there is no assessment of actual coaching practice during this award.


Candidates should have a minimum of an old UKA Level 2 award in any discipline except Children in Athletics or a new Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness (EGC Endurance only) award.

Candidates who do not have the required pre-requisite qualifications will have their applications rejected.

Who is this qualification for?

The Event Group Coach qualification is for those coaches working with athletes at the Event Group development stage (typically 14-18 years old) and all applicants should be actively involved with groups and have access to event group development stage athletes to get the most out of the qualification.

The qualification can also be completed by coaches at UKA Level 3 and 4 as a part of their Continual Professional Development (CPD) Once completed the qualification will be added to their UKA Licence.

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