Course Name: Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF)
Age Requirement: 18
Pre-requisites: None, a great first step for individuals who want to assist off-track runners
Once qualified will I require supervision: When leading athletes over 18 you do not require supervision.
Looking ahead what is next: Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)
Alternatives: Coaching Assistant if you wish to operate in an on-track environment.
N.B. Please note that this qualification has superseded the previous Jogscotland Jog Leader course
The Leader in Running Fitness Award (LiRF) is designed to prepare candidates as leaders. The award is aimed at those who are looking to operate in an off-track environment. There is a series of Online Course modules (self-led) followed by attendance at a practical session.
Leaders who opt for this pathway will be responsible for providing a safe and enjoyable running experience for runners over 18 years of any ability, level, or size. The course focuses on overcoming the barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those who would not traditionally be attracted to a running club.
On successful completion of the course, you will be licensed and insured to lead groups of adults in running activities.
To provide safe and enjoyable running experiences for runners over 18 years of age and of any ability.
Note – In Scotland, as Leaders are not licensed to work with children (U18s) or protected adults they will not do a PVG but instead be asked to complete a Self Declaration and be issued with an over 18 licence card.
To be eligible for this course you must be 18 years or over. This award is a great entry point for those who wish to progress along the Coaching Pathway or those who just want to assist off-track runners.
This award has been designed for those who primarily work with adults/young people over the age of 18 who enjoy recreational running for fitness and health. Potential candidates may work within a Running Club or a Community-based running group. It is important to note this is not a course about individual running events, nor is it a coaching course.
Candidates must engage in tasks and activities throughout the course and demonstrate improvement following any discussions with course staff. Candidates not engaging within all aspects of the course are at risk of not gaining the qualification at the end of the process
For a leaders licence to be processed, leaders are required to complete the UKA Mandatory Training (Tier 1) and submit a self-declaration (to lead over 18’s only) of any criminal convictions.
Below is a summary of the topics covered on the Leader in Running Fitness programme.
Upcoming Leadership in Running Fitness courses are listed on our Coaching Qualifications page.
jogscotland is the recreational running arm of scottishathletics. Our fun, friendly jogging groups have something to offer everyone, from complete beginners to experienced runners.
Our Jog Leaders are the lifeblood of jogscotland. Our army of fully-trained, enthusiastic and patient Jog Leaders have inspired thousands of people across the country to embrace a healthier and more active lifestyle through running.
You don’t have to be a fast runner to be a Jog Leader – in fact some of our best Jog Leaders are very new to jogging themselves and remember just how it feels to start for the first time. The most important thing is that you have lots of enthusiasm for inspiring others to get active and stay active.