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How to become a Head Sports Coach

What is a head sports coach?

A head sports coach is usually responsible for co-ordinating the provision of sports coaching at a local club or in the community. It often involves weekend or evening work, or even summer work in some cases, and they work with a team of other coaches to set out strategies to give the best possible help to the people at the club.

What qualifications do I need to become a head sports coach?

You’ll need some coaching qualifications – the exact specifications will vary according to the job description – and the more advanced the better. A DBS check and first aid certificate will also aid any application.

What skills/experience will an employer look for?

As well as significant coaching experience, a proven track record of planning and carrying out long-term strategies is important in a position of authority such as this. As a head sports coach will regularly have to liaise and work with others – parents and other interested parties as well as the coaches in their team – strong communication skills are important. Excellent time-keeping is another crucial part of a coach’s job.

What salary can I expect?

This sort of position is often not full time and paid by the hour or by the day. An average day’s pay might be between £60 and £80.

What is my career progression?

Head sports coaches can gather experience which might help them progress into full time teaching or coaching roles. The knowledge you’ll gather as a head coach of putting together long term strategies and managing a team can open up opportunities in sports development or management positions outside of the sports industry.

What are the best things about being a head sports coach?

As a head sports coach you have the opportunity and freedom to implement your own ideas of how to provide coaching in the club or area you’re responsible for. You will get the opportunity to coach yourself and to develop relationships with lots of like-minded coaches, all the while gaining valuable experience which could benefit you in the future. This is particularly so if you’re working as a head sports coach around another job.

Are there any drawbacks?

If you are working around another job you’ll be very busy and it may affect the high standards you set for yourself. It can also be frustrating if your coaching team aren’t all pulling in the same direction.

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More information:

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Useful links:

For more information on how to get into sports coaching, visit the Sports Coach UK website.

Have you seen our information on sports coach and specialist instructor positions? Both are great alternatives to becoming a head sports coach.