Get Involved

Whatever your background, you can coach. Here are the first steps on your coaching path

1. Dip into our Resource Bank for videos and tips on becoming a coach

sports coach UK has developed some great practical information to give you the confidence to get involved: where to coach; questions to ask before getting involved; skills and qualities needed to be a good coach; what would be expected of you when you first start out.

Here is just a sample of the useful resources:

> Browse the Resource Bank for more...

2. Speak to someone at your local sports centre, gym, club or group to ask how you can get involved

The best starting place for trying coaching is to help a coach. Most coaches will be grateful for any help you can give. So why not try it out? What do you have to lose? If you don’t know where to find your nearest club:

3. Take a First Steps into Coaching workshop

First Steps into Coaching is a two hour workshop we've produced for those with no experience of coaching. Workshops are run by County Sports Partnerships (CSP – a partnership of local sports organisations).

Are you:

  • Wanting to get more active again?
  • Interested in returning to sport?
  • A parent wanting to help out at your child’s club?

A First Steps into Coaching workshop will give you all the help, advice and local contacts you need to get involved straight away.

The workshop includes an invaluable handbook to answer all those burning questions from 'What does a coach do?'  to 'Will I need a DBS check?'

Find your local county sports partnership for more information on a workshop near you.

4. Find information on coaching courses and qualifications

To coach independently, most sports will require you to have a minimum standard of training and their governing bodies of sport run their own coaching qualifications. For example, the Football Association (FA) is the governing body for football, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) for tennis and so on. Visit the relevant governing body website for more detail. If you're interested in doorstep sport in your local community, contact StreetGames

If you’re running a national programme to introduce coaching in an activity not listed on these links, please contact us at [email protected]

University sports coaching courses can be found by searching the UCAS website.

> Visit the Coaching Qualifications and Training section

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