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Coach Development

Qualifications

National Governing Body (NGB) qualifications, and workshops provided by other organisations, remain the most accessible and recognized way of developing your capabilities as a coach. NGB qualifications allow coaches to progress and diversify as a coach and are the best way for others to judge the level at which a coach can operate. They are central to coaching development and support the improvement of technical knowledge and delivery skills.

Along with an NGB qualification, to ensure coaching practice is safe, appropriate and that coaches have the skills to deal with all situations that may arise, various organisations offer other workshops, such as Safeguarding and Protecting Children.

Three of these workshops are included in the Minimum Standards for Active Coaches (MSAC) as determined by UK Coaching. Active Suffolk offer these courses, along with First Aid training and workshops for clubs, in the form of the annual Club and Coach Education Programme. These courses and workshops are heavily subsidised by Active Suffolk, with preferential rates offered if you are a CIMSPA Member, or a coach/member of an accredited club. (Club Mark)

To compliment the NGB qualification and MSAC workshops, coaches can access a raft of other sessions designed to improve a coaches knowledge and understanding. Active Suffolk have collated these workshops, and are offering to organise as and when enough interest has been received. Please refer to our Workforce CPD Guide below

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. CPD is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout your career.

Active Suffolk, in partnership with education partners have developed a CPD guide for the entire workforce which includes a mixture of workshops, seminars, e-learning modules, webinars and tutorials. The guide also includes guidance for clubs via Club Matters support and also includes CPD for the education and health sectors. A number of the core modules are endorsed by CIMSPA therefore members are able to gain invaluable CPD points.

Mentoring

Many high class coaches, both past and present, identify someone in their formative years who has influenced their style, perspective and attitude towards coaching and the game they coach. They have been 'mentored' to think and behave in a way that has enabled them to get the best out of their athletes and achieve great things within their profession.

Mentoring can either be formal, 'under the wing' of a more experienced/qualified coach, or informal, where a coach actively watches other coaching sessions and has access to someone for support and guidance as and when required. Informal coaching has, in many instances, proved as beneficial as formal coaching.

The 2019-2024 Workforce Strategy looks at offering a mentoring scheme for coaches (and volunteers). More information on this will follow soon.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Emergency First Aid for Sport (24th July 2019)

Wed, 24 Jul 2019 (18:30 - 21:30)

East Suffolk Council, East Suffolk House, Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Suffolk, IP12 1RT

This workshop is a basic first aid course. It will provide you with knowledge of how to assess an incident, and what to do next, the latest resuscitation techniques and how to deal with sprains and strains. *We advise all attendees to check that this course is recognised by their NGB*

RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 - Sat, 17 Aug 2019 (09:00 - 18:00)

Felixstowe Leisure Centre, 75 Undercliff Road W, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2AE

RLSS UK National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Candidates must be 16 and/or over.

Course fee: £199 - includes manual and assessment. Spinal board and AED modules included.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop - UK Coaching (Level 2) (4th September 2019)

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 (18:30 - 21:30)

Suffolk Football Association, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ

This workshop will raise your awareness of the tell-tale signs of abuse, and give you the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your coaching career. *We advise all attendees to check that this course is recognised by their NGB*

Emergency First Aid for Sport (10th September 2018)

Tue, 10 Sep 2019 (18:30 - 21:30)

Suffolk Football Association, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ

This workshop is a basic first aid course. It will provide you with knowledge of how to assess an incident, and what to do next, the latest resuscitation techniques and how to deal with sprains and strains. *We advise all attendees to check that this course is recognised by their NGB*

Coaching The Person In Front Of You - UK Coaching (16/09/19)

Mon, 16 Sep 2019 (18:30 - 21:30)

Suffolk Football Association, Bill Steward House, The Buntings, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5GZ

In the workshop, coaches will take part in activities designed to make them think about their own coaching and how they currently interact with people on a daily basis. Reflecting on questions such as: • “Do I really understand my participants?” • ”Am I able to connect with them?” and • “How do I enable my participants to thrive in everything they do?”

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