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If you are interested in becoming a sports coach and would like to get a coaching qualification why not enrol on a course?
Young Leader Award (9-13 years)
Leadership training for young people between the ages of 9 and 13 that promotes working with younger children. Teaches leadership skills through a range of games and activities.
The award teaches topics through a practical, activity based, holistic approach. In this way, the Young Leaders ‘learn by doing’ and, by the end of the course, will not only have the confidence and ability to lead others but will also have knowledge and experience of an extensive range of games and activities.
Course length: 6-10 hours
Young Leader Award - more information (pdf, 158 KB)(opens new window)
Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership (13+ years)
The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful candidates to lead small groups in simple sport and recreational activity whilst under direct supervision of their tutor.
The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning, communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It's a fun and practical qualification with no entrance requirements or final examinations to sit.
After completion of Level 1 candidates can continue on to the Level 2 Award providing they are over 16 years
Course length: 33 hours plus 1 hour demonstration of leadership
Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership - more information (pdf, 158 KB)(opens new window)
Introduction to Sports Coaching (16+)
Also known as "Certificate in Sports Leadership", The Day Leader Course is a great introduction to sports coaching and a good way for candidates to decide whether sports coaching is suitable for them. The course introduces adults to sports leadership and provides the confidence for adults to embark onto other sports courses such as the Level 2 Award below. The course helps to develop leadership skills such as communication, organisation and raising of self esteem.
Course length: 10-12 hours
Introduction to Sports Coaching - more information (pdf, 158 KB)(opens new window)
Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership (16+)
The Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful candidates to independently lead small groups of people in sport and recreational activities. The qualification teaches generic leadership skills such as communication, planning and teamwork through the medium of sport. It's a fun and practical qualification with no entrance requirements or final examinations to sit.
Course length: 42 hours + 10 hours volunteering within Bristol City Council
Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership - more information (pdf, 158 KB)(opens new window)
These courses are all created by Sports Leaders UK and delivered by Bristol City Council.
Sport specific coaching courses
National Governing Bodies of Sport offer their own particular courses to help you become a sports coach. If you are interested in a specific sport click on the link below to download National Governing Body contact details of that sport to find out their coaching award structure.
For further information on courses in Bristol please email email@example.com or call 0117 922 2696
- Introduction to Sports Coaching (pdf, 420 KB)(opens new window) - St Pauls Sports Academy - September 2014
- Introduction to Sports Coaching (pdf, 420 KB)(opens new window) - Hengrove Park Leisure Centre -October 2014
- Introduction to Sports Coaching (pdf, 419 KB)(opens new window) - Greenway Centre - February 2015
- Introduction to Sports Coaching (pdf, 419 KB)(opens new window) - St Pauls Sports Academy - February 2015
- Introduction to Sports Coaching (pdf, 419 KB)(opens new window) - St Pauls Sports Academy - April 2015
- Introduction to Sports Coaching (pdf, 419 KB)(opens new window) - St Pauls Sports Academy - May 2015
- Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window) - Hannah Moore Primary School - March 2015
- Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window) - Hannah Moore Primary School - May 2015
- Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership (pdf, 0.6 MB)(opens new window) - Hannah Moore Primary School - October 2015
Wesport organise a range of coaching courses throughout the year. Please visit the Wesport website to see what courses are on offer.
A variety of courses and workshops are run by Sports Coach UK such as "How to Coach Sport Safely" and "Disability Awareness" which are useful courses to attend. Visit the website for more information.
If you already have a Level 2 qualification or equivalent and have experience of coaching you may wish to register on the Bristol City Council sports register as a casual coach. This is a register for Sport Services to use for ad hoc coaching sessions and help delivering programmes as and when required.
Please note: not all coaches that express interest are accepted on to the register as managers will only recruit coaches if they are able to offer them work.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your qualifications and experience.
All coaches are subject to a full CRB check.
Wesport maintain a coach database which coaches can register on, creating a profile and detailing their skills, experience and availability. Employers can then search this database for potential coaches. This is a brilliant tool and highly recommended for all coaches.
Please visit the Coachwest website for more information and to register.
Our Facebook and Twitter pages will notify you about all of the upcoming courses we have, where they are, and what time they start. You can also give us feedback about tutors, venues, times etc.
Get Into coaching video
Coaches from the Get Into coaching programme delivering Street Games activities
For information on any of the courses on offer, volunteering or advice please contact us. If you email, please use the heading "Sport Coaching" and our sport development officer will get back to you.
Information on courses and information linked to sports coaching and leadership.
The Joint University Initiative for Coach Education (JUICE) has been set up to offer the best opportunity possible to develop sport skills. JUICE courses include sport specific courses as well as generic coach development courses.
Sports Coach UK
Sports Coach UK is dedicated to guiding the development and implementation of a coaching system, recognised as a world leader, for all coaches at every level in the UK.
Sports Leaders UK
Inspiring people and communities through leadership qualifications in sport. Sports Leaders UK is the new operating name of the British Sports Trust.
Wesport is the West of England Sport Trust which is a network of organisations across Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset working collectively to increase, promote, support and celebrate lifelong participation in sport.