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UK Sports Qualifications

Sports Coach UK – The national agency for sports coaches in the UK, focussed on recruiting, retaining and developing coaches.

1st4Sport - An awarding body recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (OfQual) and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

Sports Governing Bodies and Coaching Certifications

Football Association (F.A) - FA Coaching Levels 1 – 3, UEFA B, A, PRO & Elite
Find a course: http://www.thefa.com/my-football/coach/

Rugby Football Union (R.F.U) – RFU Coaching Levels 1 – 4
Find a course: http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/coach

England and Wales Cricket Board (E.C.B) – ECB Coaching Levels 1 - 4
Find a course: http://www.ecb.co.uk/development/coach-education

England Hockey – England Hockey Coaching Levels 1 – 4
Find a course: http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/landing.asp?section=1243&sectionTitle=Coaching+Qualifications

England Netball – England Netball UKCC Coaching Levels 1 - 3
Find a course: http://www.englandnetball.co.uk/making-the-game/coaching

Amateur Swimming Association (A.S.A) – ASA Coaching Levels 1 – 3
Find a course: http://www.swimming.org/asa/teaching-and-coaching/

Lawn Tennis Association (L.T.A) – LTA 1st4Sport Coaching Levels 1 – 3, LTA Senior & Master Coach
Find a course: http://www.lta.org.uk/coaches-coaching-assistants/become-a-tennis-coach1/

International Basketball Federation (F.I.B.A), England Basketball – England Coaching Levels 1 – 3
Find a course: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk/articles/article.aspx?aid=18&pid=38

Professional Golfing Association (P.G.A) – PGA Coaching Levels 1 - 4
Find a course: http://www.pga.info/about-us/growing-the-game/right-coach-right-place-right-time.aspx

England Athletics  - England Athletics Coaching Levels 1 – 2 
Find a course: http://www.englandathletics.org/courses-and-bookings






  • "Coaching Rugby out here has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life. Met some awesome people and really enjoyed the country. Really kind host family made me feel v-welcome. Would definitely like to come back one day!"
    Tim Wace , Rugby Union, Argentina
  • "Taking my love of tennis to Argentina was a dream come true. I will never forget this once in a life time opportunity to play and coach tennis to a range of abilities in such a great country. Thanks to all who were part of this".
    Ceri Newman , Tennis, Argentina
  • "The sports tour that Sporting Opportunities arranged for us was perfect. South Africa was a great country and having the mix of playing against locals as well as coaching sport to kids in the townships was a nice balance. Doing two weeks in South Africa has made a number of us want to come back for a longer stint on one of your 5 week volunteer coaching projects so look out for us. Thanks to all involved".
    Dan Long: Football Captain , Volleyball, South Africa
  • "Taking the girls on this two week hockey tour was excellent. It was the first time that any of us had been to South Africa and the team made us feel extremely welcome and comfortable. You pack so much into such a short period which totally tired us out but apart from being great fun will be a fond memory for years to come. We'll certainly be looking at coming away with you again".
    Sarah Jackson: PE Teacher , Volleyball, South Africa
  • "A well organised trip with a difference. Combining playing and coaching as well as all the cultural things you put on for us was a great idea. To even get to a Springboks Rugby game was a special treat for the lads on this tour so thanks for going the extra mile to make this happen for us".
    Geoff Fagence: Rugby Coach , Volleyball, South Africa
  • "Seeing the kids in week one be so fearful of the water to seeing them confidently swim after my 5 weeks in South Africa has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Thank you to everyone involved."
    Caroline Rudge , Swimming, South Africa
  • "I never thought I could take my love of football and coach it to kids in the Caribbean so this has been an experience I will never forget. Totally amazing."
    Scott Black , Football, St Lucia
  • "I've always wanted to travel to the Caribbean, so getting the chance to coach cricket and travel at the same time was perfect!"
    Manish Patel , Cricket, St Lucia
  • "What a great 4 weeks I had in St Lucia on the cricket coaching project organised by Sporting Opportunities. I've made friends for life and will never forget the fun times I had."
    Tom Webb , Cricket, St Lucia
  • "Best thing about the course - meeting so many like minded people, many of whom will be friends for life and getting to snowboard for 11 weeks without a care in the world!"
    David Turner , Skiing, Canada
  • "Every single detail about the ski instructor course exceeded my expectations by a mile and has totally changed my life! The only drawback of the whole 11 weeks is that I’ve become one serious powder junkie."
    Baibre Lacey , Skiing, Canada
  • "The best thing about course - Everything!! Fernie! The whole organisation of the course was great, and a really welcoming atmosphere."
    Gemma Soloman , Skiing, Canada
  • "I loved how instantly everyone acted as a big family and everybody looked out for one another, we ate together, we rode together, we celebrate together and we partied together!"
    Jason Ionotton , Skiing, Canada
  • "The rugby training season in South Africa was a great way of keeping up my fitness, ready to hit the University teams back home."
    Alex Carlton-Porter , Rugby Union, South Africa
  • "You get a first class level of attention on this rugby season trip, helping you develop into a solid player. Having Cape Town as your city backdrop is also an experience not to be missed."
    Nick Abendanon , Rugby Union, South Africa
  • "Spending 6 months in Cape Town was awesome. Such a great city and my hockey playing has improved 10 fold".
    Sarah Grey , Hockey, South Africa
  • "Playing at the hockey club was just what I needed to improve my game to a level where I could feel confident in trialing for the 1st team university hockey squad."
    James Harvey , Hockey, South Africa
  • "The experience of playing with the other team members from across the world was fantastic."
    Jonathon Hancock , Cricket, South Africa
  • "Top quality experience and brilliant to take my love of thai boxing to it's origin and train with some truly great masters."
    Tom Chalmers , Boxing, Thailand
  • "Already miss my fave boys and the kids from volunteering. Making plans to return already! Thanks to everyone that helped. I've literally had the greatest two weeks of my life despite how contrasting they were to normal life here."
    Vanessa Turner , Netball, St Lucia
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