Published by Horrocks, Brian (SI/SG), 19 March 2018

There are plenty of us playing in Crewe and District who have developed our game with the help of coaches (and a few who maybe could benefit from it !!)  We have found in recent years that not too many coaching qualifications have been gained. Certainly we have had a small but regular throughput of new coaches qualifying and providing their services over the years. There are occasional questions coming from players who ask if there are any coaches around who could help out at a club night,  formal courses, Junior Club or just on a 1:1 basis. The pool of coaches is quite shallow at the moment.

 

The league exec are interested in helping out with anyone who is interested in the idea of coaching qualifications. No promises, but financial assistance might be possible in covering some of the course fees. In the past we have made contributions on the principle that the newly qualified coach helps out in the league on  a voluntary basis. We can also liaise with Badminton England to find coaching opportunities, and maybe even persuade them to do something more locally. A coaching qualification allows the coach to work with adults and children (in the case of children and vulnerable adults a further certificate is needed called DBS which is about ensuring coaches are safe to work with these categories). The qualification and registration with Badminton England then comes with their full endorsement plus insurance and access to coaching resources.

 

We have plenty of opportunities to do some coaching amongst our senior and junior clubs, and our representative teams. Whilst we are very keen on getting voluntary support, don’t forget that a coaching qualification can also mean that you would be able to work on a chargeable basis so long as the Inland Revenue are aware! Sports Centres periodically advertise for such services. Some of our clubs have engaged coaches on this basis.

 

If you would like to explore the possibilities just call one of the exec or take them to one side at a club night. We would all benefit from a deeper pool.