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We know that this is a very difficult time for many people working in the sport and physical activity sector.  Whether you are a coach, an instructor, a club manager, a volunteer, a mentor or an employee, we have a range of advice you may find useful.

If you have any concerns that are not covered here, or if you have any questions about what support may be on offer, please contact alan@wiltssport.org.


#Free CPD Courses for All!

Coach iA number of training providers are offering a range of free online courses for people to study from home.  If you are keen to work on your CPD, this is a particularly good time to do so, especially for those who are currently on furlough.

We will keep this page updated as when we hear of other relevant offers, so remember to check back every now and again.

The Open University:

The OU offer a range of free courses for coaches and coach developers. Packed with great content and ideas, they allow you to work through each module in your own time. There are 17 courses including:


iCoachKids offers MOOCs (Massive Online Open Learning) providing free e-learning for all children and youth coaches. you will need to register with them (which is free) before you can view the course details.  The current MOOCs on offer are:

UK Coaching:

UK Coaching have made their Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity course available for free until 31st August!!

Optimum Nutrition:

Improve your nutrition knowledge and earn a certificate in nutrition with Optimum Nutrition.


Coursera are offering a huge range of courses for free, inlcuding:

1st4Sport Online Courses

Coach whistleIn response to the current situation, Sport Structures are offering a solution of virtual classrooms and online lessons for valued customers and clients. Initially this is the education suite of tutor, assessor, mentoring and verifier training. In the coming weeks they will be offering development opportunities for coaches to develop their skills and knowledge.

Upcoming Virtual Courses:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocationally-Related Achievement
  • 1st4Sport Level 3 Education and Training
  • 1st4Sport Level 3 Award in Delivering Learning
  • 1st4sport Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • 1st4Sport Level 3 Award for Tutors and Assessors in Sport
  • 1st4Sport Level 3 Award in Workforce Mentoring

More courses will be added each week so please visit the Sport Structures website for the most up to date course list, full details of each course and booking details.

Advice for Grounds Staff During Lockdown

GroundsmanshipThe Institue of Groundsmanship (IOG) is a not-for-profit organisation.  They have some fantastic advice and research available on their website to help you make informed decisions for your own personal working and volunteering situation. This is particularly useful when the situation and government guidance is changing daily.

The website offers:

If you need any further advice or guidance about this area, please get in touch with us at alan@wiltssport.org.

CIMPSA Offer Support to The Sector

CIMPSA have created a hub as a place to bring together advice and practical assistance on Coronavirus (Covid-19), including generous offers of support from many partners.

PLEASE NOTE: They are now surveying our sector to understand your concerns and to quantify the impact that this crisis may have – information gathered will be used to influence government support.

COVID-19 Phased Return of Sport & Recreation

gov website launch editedFrom Wednesday 13 May 2020, you can now exercise outside as often as you wish and you can also sit and rest outside – exercise or recreation can be alone, with members of your household, or with 1 other person from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

The government have provided helpful guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation.  This guidance is suitable for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches, as follows:

Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation

Guidance for personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation

Elite sport return to training guidance: Step One

Please note that this guidance relates to the retunr of OUTDOOR sports and recreation.  Guidance for INDOOR activities has not yet been issued.

Curious Coaches: Online Conversation

curious coaches instaEvery Monday, UK Coaching are hosting a Curious Coaches' Club for coaches to take part in engaging and insightful online coaching discussions.

How does it work?

The Club has three parts to it:

  1. Coaches can watch and listen to ‘A Conversation About…’ between expert coaches live on a Monday or catch up with the previous episode on-demand via UKCoaching.org. You will need to register to take part by midnight the Sunday before.
  2. Coaches who have listened to the Monday webinar or watched it ‘on-demand’ can then engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday (the same week) via a smaller, informal community of practice hosted by one of the UK Coaching team.
  3. Coaches can also continue the conversation via ConnectedCoaches – a free online community for coaches of all sports and activities.

More information on the Curious Coaches' Club, including bookings and upcoming sessions, can be found here.

Deliver Online Fitness and EMD Sessions!

EMD UK VIP Active PartnershipsEMD UK, the national governing body for group exercise, and Fisikal have joined forces to offer a no-fee digital platform that will allow group exercise instructors and personal trainers to stream chargeable digital content. This will support fitness professionals through this period of extended physical distancing imposed by the government to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The platform is free to use and includes a range of features, including:

  • An online payment gateway
  • A streaming service for live sessions
  • Individual pages for instructors and coaches to put their on demand content
  • Branding options to customise pages

You can find out more about the platform here.

The platform is free and available to any individual exercise to music instructor or personal trainer, even those not currently an EMD UK member.

Brett Pearson of EMD UK adds:

“EMD UK members taking advantage of our insurance policy will be covered to deliver online fitness content via this platform. Sadly, not all insurers cover all aspects of online fitness content delivery. We urge anyone considering migrating their services online, to check their terms and conditions carefully before embarking. Should instructors need our insurance, included in our membership package, they should use the code ‘FISIKAL’ to get a discount on membership “

Due to the complexities of global music licensing, instructors will need to ensure the music they use is either licence free, or due to the YouTube integration, all original artists songs purchased via another EMD UK Supplier partner, FitMixPro, can be used in live streaming classes. Please click here for more.

To find out more information and how to access the solution, either visit the Fisikal website or the EMD UK website.

Free mental health training for all!

Older person 2UK Coaching has announced (in collaboration with its awarding organisation 1st4sport, and partners Mind, the mental health charity, and Sport England) that the nation’s coaches can access the Mental Health for Sport and Physical Activity online course for free.

The news was released at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and runs from the 18-24 May.

Usually £18, the course is accessible via the organisation’s learning and development platform, ukcoaching.org, and will remain free of charge until the 31 August 2020.

Coaches across the UK will be able to increase their knowledge of mental health, and confidence when applying the learning into their coaching practice.

Specifically, learners will be able to:

  • welcome and support people living with mental health problems in their sport and physical activity sessions
  • increase their knowledge of mental health problems
  • apply the learning in their coaching practice
  • make their club or organisation more inclusive.

Access the course here

Insurance Advice

Club DugoutSport Structures have produced the following guide to help you with your insurance questions during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can download a printable version pdfhere or click on the image below to enlarge it.

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Tips for Coaching People Online

UK Coaching have used the insight behind their Coaching Behaviours to create infographics that provide some handy hints and tips for creating great experiences for everyone. The infographic below is aimed at helping those who are now delivering coaching sessions online.  You can also download a printable version pdfhere

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