Funding Opportunities for Coaches
The Coaching System Support Network (CSSN) Funding Guide provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England.
Produced by sports coach UK (ScUK) in partnership with the CSSN and SkillsActive, the Guide provides information on funding available in England to support coaching.
To download the document and for further resources and information from ScUK click here
As all good coaches know Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and lifelong learning is key if a coach is to become the best they can be in the environment they are working within. To help you identify what type of coach you are we have outlined four distinct coaching categories:
- Children's Coach - Schools, Junior Sections of Clubs,Holiday Camps
- Participation Coach - Local/Regional Leagues, Youth Groups, Social/Recreational Sessions
- Performance Coach - National League, Academies, Junior Development Squads
- High Performance Coach - Super 8's, Professional Clubs, International Squads
Whilst a coach may work over multiple categories they are generally better suited to a particular area of coaching. This is generally down to their personality, background and experience in volleyball. It is important for a coach to know what type of coach they are, and what environment they are suited to working within in order for them to be able to identify their training needs! To that effect we have collaborated with County Sports Partnerships to ensure you have access to the training you need at a location close to you.
The list below outlines some of the workshops on offer:
- 1st Aid
- Analysing Your Coaching
- FUNdamentals of Movement
- Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)
- A guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches
- Inclusive Coaching
Please follow the links below to the Coaching/Courses pages of your local County Sports Partnership and ScUK Workshop Finder for the full list of courses available:
Sports Coach UK Workshop Finder
South Yorkshire Sport
Volleyball England offers a number of different courses to their coaches, potential coaches and teachers. For more information on any of the courses, please contact Roman Neveykin, Workforce Officer via email or call 01509 227730.
Introduction of the UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Volleyball
After several months of collaboration with representatives of the other home nations our UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Volleyball will be launched later this year. For Volleyball England a significant amount of work has been done by Steve Jones, our Coach Education Manager, to bring us to this stage ready for accreditation by 1st4Sport and QCF. 1st4Sport is an awarding body recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and created with the aim of offering vocational qualifications in areas of sport, recreation and allied occupations.
The UKCC Level 2 course builds on the principles established at UKCC Level 1 incorporating the generic ‘craft’ skills of coaching in a volleyball context. These are extended further, particularly with regard to practical coaching which is conducted on and off the course. The key objectives of the course are;
• To build on the information delivered in, and structures of the UKCC Level I Award
• To provide the participants with a positive experience of the game of volleyball and the coaching process
• To provide further information on technical and tactical aspects of the key elements of the course content
• To provide opportunities to develop the candidate’s coaching practice through both theoretical and practical sessions
• To highlight suitable tools for performance analyses
• To highlight potential development pathways for participating coaches
The essence of a UKCC Level 2 course is to prepare coaches to be able to plan, deliver and review a progressive series of coaching sessions. Learners are supported through a process of ‘Mentorship’ (in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable coach helps a less experienced or less knowledgeable coach) and ‘Shadowing’ (learning skills and behaviours of coaching through first-hand observation of a more experienced coach). In the design of the course there are opportunities for learners to return to their chosen club environment to engage in this process as well as undertake some practice in coaching with players in the team.
We therefore require the co-operation of clubs and their Head Coaches (with a minimum Level 2 qualification) to support learner coaches who may be their own club members and also to assist guest coaches where possible. This will not be imposed on clubs but we hope that you see that there are potential benefits in terms of succession planning and recruiting coaches for teams in your club. Additionally, our support to Head Coaches and the specific documentation related to assessment will enable them to extend their skills in mentoring, assessment and action planning. In a wider context we see positive outcomes such as an overall improvement in volleyball coaching and more generally, the opportunity to meet more local coaches and to exchange ideas between coaches.
We have adopted a phased approach to the development of the UKCC Level 2. The first series of UKCC Level 2 courses will focus on the indoor game. There will be later opportunity to attend additional specialist modules in the Beach and Sitting disciplines.
UKCC Level 2 courses and the specialist modules (when launched) will be advertised within the search facility on the Volleyball England website.
Prior to course registration, learners are required to:
• Be a minimum 18 years of age
• Be a registered coach of a Home Nation Governing Body
• Hold the UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Volleyball or equivalent as approved by the Home Nation Governing Body
The certificate qualifies learners to coach the skills and techniques of volleyball, as identified in the Assessment Requirements, to groups of adults and children.
President, Coaches Commission