What is coaching?

Coaches help people of different ages and abilities to develop and improve within sport and activity. They can have a positive influence on people’s activity levels, and can be seen as role models, not only by the people they support to be more active, but also by their families. As you can see, coaching is not all about being sporty and knowing all technical aspects of playing a sport.

How do people view coaches?

Coaching in the UK is viewed overwhelmingly positively. When thinking about coaches people use words like:

As a coach, fundamentally you have to be able to talk to people, build relationships and support them to get out of their sport or activity what they want to achieve. It is not all about knowing everything about sport and playing it to elite/professional level.

There are different levels of coaches in the UK. Let’s have a look at what knowledge and skills you would need at each level and what you would be expected to do at each level. The following information only shows the first few stages of coaching and should just be used as  a guide for your informaiton as it may differ from sport to sport.


An Activator’s role includes organising and leading activity for individuals and small groups which promotes enjoyment and gets more people active.

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Coaching Assistant

Assists the delivery of sports sessions

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Club Coach

A fully independant coach who delivers sessions over a whole sports season

Role Description