Coaching in Lancashire

The benefits of sport and physical activity to individuals and communities are universally recognised. It has also been recognised as an individual tool for tackling many issues, such as health, education and social inclusion, and that investing in coaching & coach education is critical to support this.

Vision for coaching:

  • Professional and ethical values
  • Inclusive and equitable practice
  • Agreed national standards of competence as a benchmark at all levels
  • A regulated and licensed structure
  • Recognition, value and reward
  • A culture and structure of innovation, constant renewal and continuous professional development

Lancashire Sport is fully committed to ensuring new & existing coaches working in the county, whether paid or volunteering, are supported to develop their coaching knowledge and skills in order for them to provide high quality coaching opportunities helping military families in their coaching environments.

The impact of Higher Qualified Sports Coaches

  • High Quality coaching with a focus on young people
  • Increase in the number of qualified coaches working at a local level
  • A step change in developing a career structure for coaches
  • Introduction of quality standards for the recruitment, employment, management and development of coaches
  • Managed, high quality continuous professional development support for coaches

We believe that it is vitally important for coaches to receive the appropriate training so that they can carry out their roles, in a professional and safe environment.

Lancashire Sport can offer information such as

  • Current Minimum Operating Standard Guidelines for coaches
  • Current Minimum Operating Standard Coach Education Courses
  • National Governing Body Coaching courses
  • National and Regional developments in coaching
  • Funding/ support for training

Lancashire Sport can link you to a range of key partners

  • Local National Governing Body contacts
  • Local Authority officers, such as Sports Development Officers; Club Development Officers and the School Sports Co-ordinator network
  • Local community sports clubs and sports forums

Lancashire Sport can also provide tangible support through funded projects

The main support currently is

GET QUALIFIED- funding support for volunteer/coaches in clubs, who are 16 and over, to achieve NGB UKCC Qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Officiating awards. Get Qualified provides a contribution to course costs of up to £250 and no more that 40% of the cost of training.

The project is co-ordinated by the University of Cumbria, on behalf of the Lancashire and Cumbria County Sport Partnerships. For full details regarding qualifying criteria and application form please visit or the course information section on the Lancashire Sport web-site

GET THE BASICS - access to important minimum operating standard courses such as Safeguarding and Protecting Children; Equity in Your Coaching; How to Coach the Disabled; Club for All; Emergency First Aid in Sport. This programme is being delivered in the local Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges and is open to all volunteer/ coaches. The training is subsidised so most cost only £10 per person, with the exception of emergency First Aid which is £25.

The next programme starts in September 2009 and will run to May 2010. Details will soon be available on the Lancashire Sport web-site, Courses page We will also be offering LTAD and Introduction to Fundamentals courses as part of this package.

CLUB REVIEWS/ORGANISATIONAL NEEDS ANALYSIS - offer to review training needs for all coaches/ volunteers in clubs, free of charge. The review is linked to the clubs' plans for the future and identified priorities. Club Development Officers across the County can visit you to discuss what training/development your club coaches/volunteers require, help you to prioritise this and give you help in accessing training and obtaining financial support where available. Please contact Lancashire Sport direct.

SUPPORT WITH VOLUNTEERS - for those of you already volunteering as a coach, we have a range of programmes, some of which provide funding support, which you may be able to access. Please see our web-site for details -

If on the other hand your club needs more volunteers to assist with Coaching- or any other area such as administration, officiating, events etc then we may be able to help.
Please contact as detailed on web page.

Contact Lancashire Sport on 01254-584069 or using the contact us page