Sports Coach Development

East Cambridgeshire District Council works in close partnership with Living Sport (County Sport Partnership) to deliver Sport Coach Development & Education opportunities.

Living Sport run courses on a regular basis.  The First Aid and Safeguarding Children Courses are required for people who wish to become, or already are, qualified coaches.  The courses are run on a monthly basis at three locations around the County:

  • Lakeside Lodge, Pidley
  • Stanground College, Peterborough &
  • The Meadow Community Centre, Cambridge

First Aid Course

The First Aid course takes place over two 3 hour evening sessions held a week apart at the same venue.  Attendance at both parts of the course is required in order to receive the qualification.  On completion of the course, the qualification is valid for three years. 

The course covers the basics of first aid.  It will:

  • Provide you will knowledge on how to assess an incident;
  • Help you to decide what to do next;
  • Display demonstrations of resuscitation;
  • Show techniques to deal with injuries such as sprains, strains, bleeding & head injuries.

The course costs £50, which covers both sessions, and is a pre-requisite for all National Governing Body coaching qualifications.  For more information, or to book a course, please visit the Living Sport website.

Safeguarding & Protecting Children Course

The Safeguarding & Protecting Children course takes place on a single evening 3 hour session.  Upon completion, the qualification is valid for 3 years. The course focuses on good practice to protect the child and the coach in a sporting environment, and will:

  • Establish the foundations of safeguarding, good practice and child protection;
  • Recognise and define the different categories of child abuse;
  • Help you to recognise the signs and symptoms of each different type of abuse;
  • Provide you will knowledge of how to take appropriate action if concerns are raised.

The course costs £35, and is a pre-requisitie for all National Governing Body coaching qualifications.  For more information, or to book a course, please visit the Living Sport website.

Other Courses

A range of other courses are also available if there is enough interest/demand.  These courses can either be open to the public or closed to specific groups or organisations.  Recently Living Sport has delivered workshops on:

How to coach disabled athletes

Suitable for all coaches, this workshop aims to answer the commonly asked questions about disabled sports participants and will show you how, with a few minor adjustments to the way you work, you can make your coaching more inclusive and effective.  The course lasts 2 hours and can be run for groups of between 6 - 25 people.  On the course you will learn to:

  • Include disabled people in sport;
  • Select appropriate coaching activities;
  • Make your coaching more inclusive and effective.

Inclusive Coaching: Disability

A 3 hour event costing just £15, this course is aimed at UKCC Level 2 coaches, or similar, with some prior disability awareness knowledge.  (Delegates do not have to be currently coaching disabled people, but it is beneficial if they have received some previous disability equality training either in a sporting or non-sporting context).  By the end of the workshop, delegates will be able to:

  • Reflect on past experiences and recognise and share best practice;
  • Make appropriate modifications, adaptions and progressions to a planned sessions to include all participants;
  • Explore the participant pathway for disabled participants within disability sport;
  • Identify the basic elements of classification in relation to disability sport;
  • Know where to do for further disability sport-specific information.

For more information about these courses or other training opportunities, contact Ross Hayward, Sports Project Co-ordinator at Living Sport.

Email: or 01487 849915 or visit the Living Sport website.