UKA Coaching Assistant


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.

  • Supporting a Coach in the delivery of athletics sessions. This may be working alongside an Athletics Coach or Event Group coach, so Coaching Assistants require a wide range of knowledge.
  • Delivering units of a session on behalf of a Supervising Coach. (Although a Supervising Coach must always be present, a Coaching Assistant may coach in another area of the venue as long as they are delivering a session created by the Supervising Coach).
  • At the end of the course, the Coaching Assistant should be in a position to contribute to the planning of sessions.
  • In advance of a session, the Coaching Assistant should receive detailed guidance from the Supervising Coach on the session content, goals and focus. This could be in the form of a selection of task cards or a session plan from which to work. Prior to the session there should be an opportunity for the Supervising Coach and the Coaching Assistant to discuss any questions or issues that may have arisen.

Who is this qualification for?

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

Prerequisites and progression

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 or

Progression to Athletics Coach or Coach in Running Fitness.



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