Athletics Coach


This qualification is the cornerstone of the Coach Education Programme. The course consists of four days which icludes the formal assessment (Day 4). Candidates will be able to plan a progressive training programme for athletes coaching a range of activities to prepare the developing athlete to run, jump and throw.

When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision, working with Coaching Assistants and Athletics Leaders to support you in delivering the sessions.

Target Audience

Anyone who has completed the UKA Level 1 Assistant Coach or UKA Coaching Assistant Award and who has spent a minimum of 6 months as an Assistant Coach and feel ready to take the next step to managing their own coaching groups. This course would also benefit UKA Level 2 or above coaches looking to broaden their technical skills as part of their continued education.

Please note: The minimum age for this course is 18.

Course Overview

How to apply the fundamental principles of running, jumping and throwing and applying this knowledge over a series of sessions to help technically develop groups of athletes. You will learn how to coach running, jumping and throwing activities and observe correct technical aspects.

Topics covered include:

Athlete Development
Skill learning and structuring training
Co-ordination and balance
Running with rhythm
Questioning and listening skills
Physical preparation – strength training and plyometrics
Understanding energy systems as part of annual planning
Practical sessions covering all event groups

Course Length

Prior to attending the Athletics Coach course all coaches are required to complete the pre course material available to download from the ulearn website.

The course and assessment period is four days in total.

Day 1 & 2 delivered as a weekend
4-6 week break 
Day 3
10 - 12 week break (tasks to be completed during this period)
Assessment Day*

*Please note a reassessment day may be required


Affiliated: £350    Non-Affiliated: £400 (includes Day 1 & 2, Day 3 & Assessment Day)

For full detailed information and pre course material please visit the ulearn website

Additional Information

The Athletiics Coach (AC) programme is designed for those who want to get involved in coaching athletes in track and field athletics. This programme advocates a multi-event approach in the development of athletes and covers the Foundation stage of athlete development. 

Coaches who opt for this pathway will be expected to develop their technical knowledge and expertise across a range of events in relation to running, jumping and throwing activities; this will form the basis of a strong training and competition base regardless of the event-specific choice later in the athlete’s development.

During the programme, candidates will be asked to consider, plan for and adapt training to meet the needs of individuals who have a range of abilities, experiences and fundamental movement skills regardless of their chronological age.

The AC programme is a five month development process to becoming qualified and licensed as a UKA Athletics Coach, however, once underway, applicants have up to two years to complete all elements.

The taught part of the course is three days in duration, however, this should be viewed as part of a longer developmental process which will ultimately lead to a coach being licensed to coach unassisted.

Candidates embarking on this course must do so in the knowledge that it will require an investment in their time to complete the work necessary for success at the assessment stage. The induction process, home study, planning, delivering and evaluating training and preparation for assessment all form an integral part of the programme.

Welsh Athletics Ltd.
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
Leckwith Road
Cardiff. CF11 8AZ.

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