British Canoeing has announced the launch of the Coach Award which aims to create discipline specific pathways across all disciplines. This will significantly change the prerequisites and the pathway through taught and assessed elements.
The Coach Awards are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment.
The Coach Award will supersede the current Level 2, Moderate/Advanced Water Endorsements (MWE/AWE) and Discipline Support Modules.
Benefits of the Coach Award include:
- Direct entry options to training available – a British Canoeing membership is the only prerequisite of the Core Coach Training
- Specific pathways across all disciplines
- Supportive eLearning resources to aid learning
“This is a really significant time for British Canoeing and our approach to Coaching and Leadership Awards, and I feel privileged to be part of these exciting developments. The Coach Award has been designed with current research in mind, membership consultation and candidate feedback from our existing awards. British Canoeing has created the Coach Award which provides 18 pathways with direct entry opportunities and eLearning to support the coach’s development. Not only will the Coach Award provide greater choice, it will in turn create more opportunities for people to access great coaching to enable them to paddle in a safe environment and grow participation in canoeing.”
– Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing
Available from January 2018
British Canoeing will look to roll out the award by completing the following milestones over the coming months:
- September 2017: British Canoeing will be training the trainers
- October - December 2017: Home Nations will be training the provider workforce
- January 2018: Training and assessment courses will be available throughout the UK
Further updates, including how to become involved in the award, will be promoted via the SCA and British Canoeing websites and the 'Catch up with Coaching' newsletter.