The Athletics Coach qualification is the cornerstone of the coach qualification pathway.
The course consists of 4 face to face contact days, which includes a practical assessment. The course also includes an online Knowledge Test. Candidates will be able to plan a progressive training programme for athletes coaching a range of activities to prepare the developing athlete to run, jump and throw. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision.
Day 1 & 2 of the course will cover the generic content of running, jumping and throwing. Candidates can then select an event technical day 3 & 4 option including Endurance, Throws, Jumps and Speed. This can be booked once you have secured your place on the Day 1 & 2 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.
Athletics Coach Qualification Process
Days 1 & 2 – Generic content:
Day 3 – Event Group Technical Content
Coaches can choose one of the following:
Day 4 – Observed Practical Assessment
What topics are covered?
Throughout this programme individuals will be required to work in conjunction with a Support Coach. This role is vital in each candidate’s individual success on the programme.
If a candidate’s club is unable to provide a Support Coach they should contact scottishathletics Coaching Co-ordinator who will be able to signpost them to appropriate Support Coaches in their area.
Prerequisite: Level 1 Assistant Coach or Coaching Assistant
Minimum age: 18
Cost: £425 / £170*
Through our funding partner, sportscotland, there is a coaching subsidy of 60% of the course fee available for those applying for CiRF or Athletics Coach. To be eligible to receive the coaching subsidy, coaches must meet the following at the time of booking: