12th Jul 2010
This is a Vocationally Related Award, made in partnership with 1st4sport Qualifications (Awarding Body), giving an externally accredited qualification that sits on the National Qualifications Framework.
It is the minimum qualification for those who assist with hockey coaching sessions and is intended to provide the essential skills and knowledge necessary to run a safe and enjoyable session for players to be introduced to the game and helped to improve.
A formal assessment is included within the course and the candidate will be informed, after assessment, if they have been assessed as competent against the performance criteria. Candidates will also complete theory tasks during the course and be required to sit a multiple choice theory paper.
The candidate can expect the tutor to introduce:
- Basic techniques
- Principles of play
- Use of small-sided games
- The rules of the game
- Underpinning theory knowledge
- Skills to create a safe, enjoyable and effective environment
Those licensed at VRQ Level One will be entitled to coach under the supervision of a more qualified and experienced coach (Level Two). They should only coach those skills that they are qualified to coach. The Level One Award will be an Assistant Coach Award to comply with UK Coaching Certificate requirements. More advanced skills require additional training to ensure safe and effective coaching.
It is appropriate for VRQ Level One coaches to be working with juniors, school teams and lower level club teams.
The course is suitable for those with some experience of playing hockey, and perhaps of helping in a coaching or teaching environment.
The minimum age for accreditation is 16 years although it is recommended that candidates who are under 18 years of age attend a Leadership Course first. Applications from candidates under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a letter of support from their teacher or an accredited hockey coach. (This letter must include details of coaching experience, attitude and commitment, as they will be required to participate in reciprocal coaching during the course). For the purposes of Child Protection, candidates under the age of 18 shall only be able to coach in the role of Assistant Coach alongside a fully qualified Level Two Coach.
Sunday 19th September 2010 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 3rd October 2010 10.00am – 4.00pm
Sunday 10th October 2010 10.00am – 4.00pm
Candidates must attend all modules.
The University of Liverpool, Wyncote Sports Ground, Mather Avenue, Liverpool. L18 6HF.
For more information and an application form please email Kelvin Briggs (NW Development Officer) at
Coaching Cheshire and Warrington