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Getting Started

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How can I be a coach? How can I get qualified as a coach? Once qualified, what opportunities are there for me to coach? Well…..the best thing to do if you are interested in becoming a coach is to contact Living Sport’s Projects Officer (Coaching), Joe Notarnicola. Telephone: 01487849922, email: joe.notarnicola@livingsport.co.uk.

There are four main pathways within coaching and you may fall into one or more;

  • Children’s Coaching
  • Participation Coaching
  • Performance Development Coaching
  • High Performance Coaching

Whether you are a novice coach in all pathways, or an expert coach in one area, there are still development opportunities that you can access. We aim to work with all coaches whether you are a novice without a qualification, to a talent coach in your chosen sport. We understand the importance of on going support for a coach. See our Coach Development page for further information about how to improve your skills as a coach.

In addition to your coaching qualification(s), if you are working with children you will need to have an up to date Safeguarding and Protecting Children Qualification and all coaches are recommended to have a Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS, previously Criminal Records Bureau, CRB) check. See our Events list for information about local courses, including ones run by Living Sport.

Once you have qualified, check out the Coaching:HQ pages on this website for the possibility of paid coaching work!

Try it for 10

We have produced Try it for 10 to help encourage women to take up sports coaching. The idea of the initiative is for potential coaches to lead a 10 minute session for a 6 week period at the club they are associated to with the support of a level 2 qualified coach over looking the session. Once the 6 week period has been completed, Living Sport can support you through a level 1 or activator course as part of our Let’s Go Girls coach bursary funding. To read more about the Try it for 10 initiative, please click on the introduction sheet below.

Try it for Ten Introduction sheet

For more information on women in coaching, visit the REACH website. Reach is a national campaign from Sports Coach UK that encourage women to get involved in coaching that Living Sport is supporting. The website is full of handy coaching tips, information on getting started and some success stories from women who are now coaching regularly.Reach Quote



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