Message from england athletics:

Launch of national coaching recruitment campaign #gocoach

Dear Club Secretary,

England Athletics is today launching its biggest ever national coaching recruitment campaign, #gocoach.

With the help of the joint fastest woman in the world in 2018, Dina Asher-Smith, and her coach John Blackie, we will be working to inspire more people to become involved in coaching, in particular within the affiliated sport.

We anticipate many of those inspired will have some form of existing connection with a club, whether through having competed for that club, as the parent of a young athlete or in another role.

However, we are also aiming to inspire those who may not currently have a connection with an affiliated club to consider coaching in athletics and running. These people are being encouraged to use the Clubfinder on our website to look for clubs. You may, therefore, have people contacting you expressing an interest in coaching, or to find out more about whether your club would be interested in them contributing to your activities.

New pages on our website have been created to make it simple and quick for individuals to find out about the qualifications needed to become a coach and the development opportunities on offer for those wanting to know how to expand their coaching skill base in the future.

We are encouraging all people interested in getting into coaching to consider the following options:

Coaching Assistant

Ideal for becoming involved in coaching track and field athletics, including endurance events on the track.*

The Coaching Assistant qualification provides an introduction to coaching athletics via a range of run, jump and throwing skills and activities. When you have completed the course and received your Coaching Assistant licence you will be assisting in the delivery of athletics coaching sessions under the supervision of a qualified Coach. For participants under 18 years of age, this will mean ‘direct’ supervision, whereas for 18 years + this will be ‘indirect’ supervision.

Leadership in Running fitness

Ideal for leading groups of recreational or beginner runners, including as part of an affiliated running or athletics club.*

The Leadership in Running Fitness course is designed to prepare you to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for young people over 12 years of age and adults of any ability, size or shape. This qualification will provide you with insurance to lead a group within the limits of the course content.

Leading Athletics

This workshop is ideal for anyone wishing to lead athletic activities in support of a Coaching Assistant or Athletics Coach in an athletics or running club.

While not a formal qualification, the Leading Athletics workshop is aimed at individuals who are interested in an introduction to the skills needed in leading athletics activities for young athletes.


*Remember – to have a valid licence all coaches and leaders also need a DBS check. We’ve got an online process in place to make that as simple as possible – details are available at

We trust that this campaign will help increase the coaching capacity within the sport and be of direct benefit to our affiliated clubs.

Thank you once again for all that you do in the sport.


England Athletics