Sports coaching courses

If you are interested in becoming a sports coach and would like to get a coaching qualification why not enrol on a course?

The Introduction to Sports Coaching courses are free of charge. The level 2 courses are free to those in the Bristol boundary but those outside will have to pay £40 to cover the Sport Leaders UK registration.

You're required to pay a £10 deposit (unless you're on jobseekers allowance) which is given back to you when you complete the course..

Coaching courses

Introduction to Sports Coaching (age 16 and above)

This Day Leader course will introduce you to the role of a sports coach.

You can then progress on to the Community Sports Leadership Level 2 Award course, leading to qualifications in Sports Coaching and Leadership.

This course is available as a three evening course, a one day course or women's only one day course.

Three evening courses

Course dates:

  • Wednesdays: 6, 13, 20 July,  2016

Location: The Netham Pavillion, Netham Park, Avonvale Rd, Netham, Bristol, BS5 9RZ.

Time: 6pm to 9pm

One day courses

Course dates:

  • Thursday 19 May 2016, St Pauls Sports Academy, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, BS2 9NH
  • 23 June 2016, Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Hengrove Promenade, Bristol, BS14 0DE

Time: 10am to 4pm

Women only one day course

Course date: Thursday, 2 June 2016

Location: St Pauls Sports Academy, Newfoundland Road, Bristol, BS2 9NH

Time 10am to 3pm

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.

Cost: £10 deposit (unless on jobseekers allowance) which is refunded when you complete the course.

Course dates:

  • every Tuesday from 1 March  to 3 May 2016
  • or  every Tuesday from 24 May to 26 July 2016

Time: 6pm to 9pm  

Location: Hannah Moore School, New Kingsley Rd, Bristol, Avon BS2 0LT  

Book a course

For more information and to book a course contact the Sport, Play and Funding  team:

Tel: 0117 922 2696, email:

Already have a level 2 sports qualification

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.

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 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.

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Useful websites

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.

Sport specific coaching courses

National Governing Bodies of Sport offer their own sport specific courses to help you become a sports coach.

Contact us

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.

Contact information

Sport, Play and Funding

Bazaar Wing, 2nd Floor, Brunel House

St George Road

Bristol, BS1 5UY

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 4719