A Guide On How To Become A Field Hockey Coach

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You may have just started playing Hockey, or you may be nearing the end of your hockey career and have though about taking up a coaching role at your club. How do you go about it? How much does it cost? What courses do i need to attend? These are questions that i hope to have answered by the end of the article.

How do i go about becoming a coach?

 Fisrt you will need to successfully attend a UKCC Level 1 coaching course. These are held throughout the UK and you can find out when and where they are being held, on the England Hockey website.

What other courses do i need to attend?

You will need to successfully complete both, of the scUK good practice and child protection course and a first aid course. These courses are usually run by your local councils sports department. Find out details from the local authorities website.

Is that all i need to do?

No, you will also be required to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check. These are free, for volunteers and your club child welfare officer will have forms for you to fill out. They will also be able to assist with the application and sign it off. I would reccommend joining the England Hockey Gold membership scheme too, this cost £75 but, does give you up to £5 million worth of cover.

Who will i be able to coach?

Once all of the above steps are complete, you will be able to coach school teams, junior teams and low level club sides. You will also be able to assist a level 2 qualified coach for teams of a higher standard. This would be a good way of learning more coaching skills.

Where do i find more drills and resources?

As part of your Gold Member status, you will have access to over 100 drills and skill learning games via sportplan. You may wish to join the full edition of Sportsplan to gain access to over 600 drills, at a later date.

How much will all of this cost me?

The initial level 1 course costs  a minimum of £155, this should be paid by your club, if you intend to coach at that club for a couple of seasons. The gold membership package costs £75. The first aid course and the safeguarding courses, usually cost around £20 each.

What will i know about coaching hockey upon completion?

  • Basic Skills and techniques
  • Principles of play
  • Be able to use small sided games, at training.
  • You will know the rules of the game.
  • Skills to create a safe, enjoyable and effective environment
  • You will have an underpinned theory of the game
  • The rules of the game

Many hours of fun can be had from coaching new and young players and often, it extends the playing life, for the coach. 

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