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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






  • "This was a really great experience, takes a couple days to get into the swing of things, but after that the trip runs very smoothly. All the staff and other volunteers were very friendly and I will defiantly be doing something similar next summer. Unforgettable!"
    Will Hurl , Football, Ghana
  • "The football coaching was great, and also being able to play a lot of football was even better. I thought the staff were great as they loved football and that added to our experience. Great people, great experience and a great sport to be playing in Ghana."
    Matt Pheasant , Football, Ghana
  • “Initially I had minor worries that a girl football coach would not be respected, but as soon as I got there, this illusion was proven very wrong!”
    Lucy Mills , Football, Ghana
  • "Hola amigos! Just got back to the UK after a epic trip out in Buenos Aires. I can safely say that it's one of my favourite places in the world.So many things make this city great be it the food, women, wine, or footy!"
    James Kennedy , Football, Argentina
  • ''I had an amazing experience and the team in Argentina are fantastic. Thanks to Alejandro for really showing me the true Argentine way of life. I look forward to visting again someday and seeing how the kids have developed their Messi skills!"
    Jason Evans , Football, Argentina
  • "Football Coaching in India was awesome - from the time I arrived to the day I left. The people, especially the children, the culture, the food, were all so great! It was an experience that I will never forget! Thank you Sporting Opportunities.... Sanj."
    Sanjay Thanki , Football, India
  • "The experience I had in Ecuador was without doubt the greatest experience of my life so far. I would recommend the programme to anyone who has even the slightest interest in playing or coaching football. The playing experience I gained with La Universidad Catolica was second to none."
    Craig Lawlor , Football, Ecuador
  • "My time in Quito was amazing. I had a wonderful experience working with the kids, and partying in the Mariscal. My homestay was also fabulous and I made amazing friends with my other housemates and the family. I look forward to returning sometime soon."
    Francesca Ioffreda , Football, Ecuador
  • ''Since coming back to England I have been able to get hold of two sets of junior clubs, of which there are none in Ghana – the children out there were practicing using full size clubs!''
    Francis Boatman , Golf, Ghana
  • "The in-country staff were really great and the kitchen and house coordinators were amazingly helpful and always there trying to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable."
    Juan Echeverria , Golf, Ghana
  • "Had such an amazing time out in Argentina. The pitches were good quality and managed to play some competitive games myself which was really fun."
    Sarah Marshall , Hockey, Argentina
  • "Absolutely incredible experience, had such a good time and have developed so much as a person as a result. Would do it all over again!"
    Dan Langman , Hockey, Argentina
  • “Whether you’re looking for sport, adventure or worthwhile volunteer projects, South Africa is definitely the place to come - it really does have something for everyone!”
    Hannah Clare , Hockey, South Africa
  • “I'd do this whole experience again without a shadow of a doubt - I had the time of my life! I think the coaching and building a great rapport with the children was one of the most rewarding things I've done in a long time.”
    Emily Crowe , Hockey, South Africa
  • “A challenging, yet eye-opening and amazing experience. Everyone, from staff to volunteers, were so friendly and welcoming.”
    Calum Hamilton , Hockey, South Africa
  • “For me it was a great experience and I would do it again for sure. The staff were all so friendly and it was always fun! With these projects I really got to know the Indian culture better.”
    Lisa Schaffner , Hockey, India
  • “The children seemed to always pay attention and were eager to learn, which is not always something you see in the U.K. This was really rewarding and a great way to see India.”
    Rujesh Dhulashia , Hockey, India
  • ''My best achievement in Ghana has been coaching a large group of under 12s hockey. I also learned a lot of new coaching techniques myself.''
    Hannah Levelle , Hockey, Ghana
  • ''Everyone was so friendly and made me feel very welcome and part of the club. They are absolutely devoted to the game and there is a real buzz around the place.''
    Julia Brooks , Hockey, Ghana
  • "A truly unique experience and most amazing time. I have loved every aspect of my 3 months in Ghana working alongside the kickboxing and judo gyms. I've made some great friends and encouraged a younger generation of Ghanaians to get involved with Martial Arts."
    Will McBain , Martial Arts , Ghana
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