Coach Development


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.


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.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

Diabetes Seminar

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 (13:00 - 16:00)

Leisure World Colchester, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, CO1 1YH

This workshop covers the aetiology and prevalence of obesity and diabetes, highlighting evidence supporting the importance of physical activity. It will identify an exercise prescription framework to ensure instructors work safely alongside their clients.

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop - UK Coaching (Level 2) (23rd January 2020)

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 (18:30 - 21:30)

King Edward VI School, Grove Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3BH

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*

Active English

Thu, 06 Feb 2020 (13:00 - 16:00)

Roman Hill Primary School, Avondale Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2NX

An Opportunity for English leads/class teachers/SLT to Explore how physical activity can impact on children’s love and progress within English. The Course is both Theory and practical and will demonstrate how teaching aspects of sentence, punctuation, text, handwriting, spelling and word work can all be done through move and learn techniques. This course has been written in conjunction with national English consultants and will support schools in the delivery of the primary English curriculum.

First Aid in Sport (16th February 2020)

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 (09:00 - 16:00)

Stowmarket Community Centre, Hillside, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2BD

This course is run by an HSE registered trainer and covers all the requirements for the Appointed Persons qualification and looks at further scenarios more specifically found in the sporting field. This full day course, is for everyone involved in sport. You will learn how to deal with the types of emergencies that can occur in the sporting environment, and how to assess an incident and the latest resuscitation techniques. *We advise all attendees to check that this course is recognised by their NGB*

National Pool Lifeguard

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 (00:00) + More Dates

Nirvana Health and Fitness, 60 Pinbush Road,, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 7NL

Lifeguards benefit from varied working hours which you can easily fit around your other commitments, working within a team and there’s also the opportunity to progress your career within the leisure industry as most leisure managers start off as Pool Lifeguards.

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