Coaches Working in Schools

Child playing cricket supported by coaches working in schools

You may choose to use your PE and Sport Premium funding to employ external coaches at your school. Coaches working in schools can add expertise and inspiration alongside teachers. They have links to local clubs and organisations and can play a vital role in helping pupils transition into community sport.

How can coaches help improve sport in schools?

Employing coaches can make a huge difference to teachers, pupils and schools. Coaches working in schools can:

  • support teachers and help improve subject knowledge and confidence
  • organise and lead extra-curricular activities to reduce pressures on teachers
  • enable schools to participate in competitions such as the Hampshire School Games
  • support gifted and talented pupils to identify talent pathways
  • mentor staff, young leaders and volunteers to develop long-term plans and sustainable programmes of extracurricular activities

Understanding Coaching Qualifications

Coaches working in schools need to have the right experience, qualifications and safety checks. Here’s a quick guide to the different coaching levels and what each one means for working in schools:

  • Level 1 Coaches need to work under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher or Level 2 Coach.
  • Once your school is happy with their coaching approach, Level 2 coaches can work independently with groups of young people.
  • With the right experience, Coaches at Level 2 and above can also support the development of work and study programmes.

Support for schools and coaches

To learn more about coaches working in schools, take a look at Hampshire County Council’s PE and Sport Coaching page or UK Coaching’s Coaching in Primary Schools Toolkit.

If you are a coach or have coaches working in your school, we run an annual event in October that provides an opportunity to network and learn with other coaches. Keep an eye on our Latest news/events and courses page or get in touch with Kelly to find out more.


For more information
Sharon Robertson
Strategic Lead - Children & Young People
Call 01962 676374 / 07809 205400
For more information
Kelly Bailey
Project Officer – Children and Young People
Call 01962 676382
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