The course is recommended for those that have decided to embark on the coaching pathway and forms the first step in their commitment to that process.
The course duration is two days and will usually be run over one weekend. There is no assessment element. A Coaching Assistant license will be awarded to successful attendees on completion, who have engaged in the tasks and activities throughout the course and demonstrated engagement following any discussions with course staff.
Coaches who opt for this pathway will obtain an introduction to coaching athletic events via a range of run, jump and throw activities.
A Coaching Assistant has many different roles.
The Coaching Assistant Award is aimed particularly at adults, athletes, ex-athletes and parents who are working with athletes who fall within the Fundamentals and Event Group Development stages of the athlete development model.
An important point to note is that this course is not about individual athletics events. Coaching Assistants will not learn how to develop pole vault, but will be introduced to the movement and mechanical principals of running, jumping and throwing as a basis for success in all athletic events. The Award covers the core coaching skills of demonstration, observation, analysis and feedback.
In response to restrictions put in place to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic we have developed the Coaching Assistant Online course offering an alternative learning option for volunteers. The course format is four tutor-led modules delivered over six days.
The final element of this course is a tutor-led practical day in which candidates practice coaching and reflect on the learning gained during the online modules.
The online version of this course is only available to volunteers aged 18 and over.
16 years minimum (18 years for the online course)
Prospective Coaching Assistants need to complete a PVG Disclosure, where they will be engaged in working with young people (Under 18 years) or Protected Adults.
PVG Disclosure checks are not transferable between sports and other organisations therefore scottishathletics must have a new check made.
The PVG itself is free for club volunteers.
Prior to attending the course, prospective Coaching Assistants are required to complete pre-course tasks. The pre-course tasks will be available once the candidate is booked onto the course.
Candidates are required to complete a mandatory online Safeguarding module before a Coaching Assistant licence is issued. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Progression to Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness.