Do I need a driving licence?

Having a driving licence and access to a car will increase your availability to deliver sessions. Although not always a requirement most coaching organisations that deliver across multiple sites will often ask that coaches have a driving licence and a car.

Do I need to get my own equipment?

If you are working or volunteering with an organisation equipment is usually provided. If you are in a position to deliver independently and with the right insurance and qualifications, then you will need to start thinking about investing in your own equipment.

What are the average hours?

As a casual sports coach hours will vary from organisation to organisation. At the start of your journey expect your hours to be ad hoc and on a as and when basis. As a guide you will work anything from five hours a week right up to Full Time.

What are the average rates of pay?

Rates of pay can range from £10 per hour to £25 per hour depending on qualifications and experience.

Do I need any insurance?

Most paid coaching roles are self employed to start with which means coaches will need to have:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • First aid qualification
  • Complete Safeguarding Training
  • Complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service)
  • Set up for self assessment tax

What is the nature of the work?

If you’re working with schools and community groups, you’ll:

  • plan fun, engaging coaching activities, sessions and programmes in a safe environment give feedback on performance and help to improve technique.
  • work with young people, schools, community groups and sports organisations to promote the benefits of sport and physical activity.
  • provide a vibrant and varied sporting offer to young people in disadvantaged communities that is designed to grow their motivation and ability to adopt a sporting habit for life.

If you’re working with young people involved in competitive sport, you’ll:

  • design basic training programmes
  • work on developing more advanced techniques and tactics.
  • support performers at events and competitions

If coaching at national or international level, you’ll:

  • design challenging and varied training programmes.
  • monitor the physical condition and mental attitude of the people you coach
  • work with experts in sport like sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and programme managers
  • mentor other coaches