England Athletics organises a Coaching Assistant course at Worthing Leisure Centre on Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th. The course is an ideal introduction and provides a sound foundation for somebody to progress up the coaching ladder or gives an individual sufficient knowledge and skills to help out at a local club. The closing date is September 20th and more information about the course and how to book is available at: www.englandathletics.org/courses.
Adur and Worthing councils are supporting the course through a discounted rate for use of the Worthing Leisure facilities and as part of their involvement with a local wheelchair racing development project. Plans are in progress to set up Sussex’s first ever wheelchair racing group at the Worthing track and the success of the initiative will depend on how successful the project team is in recruiting suitably qualified coaches and helpers
England Athletics coaching courses are not held in the Adur and Worthing area very often so this is an excellent opportunity for local people to obtain a qualification. There is also help on hand with the course fees; Worthing residents can apply for a coach scholarship by going to www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/worthing-scholarships-for-sports-coaches and Active Sussex offer bursaries for people wanting to coach (www.activesussex.org/legacy/coach-sussex-bursary).
Tom Wye, Worthing’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, says: “This is a wonderful opportunity for even more people to get involved in sport and assist those less fortunate than themselves. I support this project one hundred per cent!”
Elspeth Turner on behalf of England Athletics says: “Taking the first step in becoming a coach can be daunting but coaches soon find athletics coaching courses are very well structured and give them the knowledge and confidence to start coaching immediately. England Athletics will ensure new coaches have support available locally and The Wheelchair Racing Group in Worthing will be a great opportunity for new coaches to put their coaching into practice and find out how rewarding an experience coaching can be.”