Do you ever wish you knew a little more about how to help coach our budding Inglewood athletes? Maybe you were once an athlete who has plenty of experience but no ‘paper’ accreditation, or maybe you’re just a really enthusiastic parent who wants to help bring the best out in our kids.
In any case, Athletics Australia offers coaching courses to suit everyone from the absolute beginner to the event-focused coach. They’re fun, informative, run by experienced state or national coaches, and best of all, they’re free to Inglewood LAC families who wish to coach at our Centre! Just register your interest directly through the Athletics WA website (upcoming events are listed on the right hand side of their home page), send proof of payment to our Coaching Officer, and we will reimburse the cost of the course.
The Athletics Coach Accreditation Framework is designed to progressively introduce the coaching skills required to develop athletes from beginner to elite. In this way the coaching pathway mimics the athlete’s pathway. The framework is designed to allow coaches of all levels to master their coaching, be it at the beginner level or the advanced level.
The skills delivered at each level are significant to that level of athlete. For example, those coaching beginner athletes need to know how to coach the basic fundamental skills for that level, without giving them too many complex skills. Mastering the fundamentals is the most important task of a beginner athlete, laying a foundation for further development of technical skills.
Additionally, coaches of school age children would want to be a master of the skills delivered at Level 2. Those who are preparing athletes for State and National Championships would be utilizing the skills presented at the Level 3 and above courses.
Level 1 Community Athletics Coach
This is the entry level for all Accredited Athletic Coaches. The fundamental skills of running, jumping & throwing are introduced as well as exploring how to engage athletes in long term participation and how to coach skills to beginner athletes.
This qualification is certified by the Australian Sports Commission and allows participants to be nationally accredited as part of the National Coach Accreditation Scheme. This accreditation is transferable to other sports.
Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach
The Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach Course is the next progression from Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course and further develops coaches understanding of how to coach fundamental skills and drills. This level supports coaches to understand the basic technical models for the Track & Field events held at club and school level competitions.
Level 2 Advanced Coach – Event Group Specific
Level 2 Advanced Coach gives coaches the opportunity to specialise in an event group of Sprints, Relays & Hurdles, Middle Distance, Jumps, Throws or Walks. In addition to further exploring the technical model of the event group, the basics of body weight strength & conditioning and program planning is taught.
Level 3 Specialist Advanced Coach – Event Group Specific
This course further develops the concepts introduced in level 2 advanced as well as introducing strength and conditioning in the gymnasium and nutrition.
These advanced levels will give coaches a deeper understanding of their event groups as well as biomechanics & nutrition for developing high performance athletes.