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.
- Workforce CPD Guide (PDF, 945 Kb)
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.