Accredited vs. Qualified

Now you’re qualified, what next?

Just because you have a coaching qualification it doesn’t mean that you can start coaching just yet.  To be recognised as a fully accredited coach by England Hockey, and before you start coaching, you will also need:

  • Enhanced DBS check;
  • Appropriate Safeguarding training; and
  • Appropriate First Aid training.

DBS check

Anyone who is or planning to work in regulated activity with under 18s in hockey is required to perform an enhanced DBS check with a child barred list check included.  This check must be performed every three years.  Contact our club Welfare Officer, Gemma Butterworth, for further information and to obtain this certificate.  It won’t cost you anything!

Appropriate Safeguarding Training

There are a number of different training options available for volunteers.  Please see the table opposite.

For those leading independent sessions you are required to access one of the sport specific safeguarding courses listed below.  You will need to repeat this training every three years.  England Hockey accepts the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children & Young People Renewal.

Links to the courses in the table:

The club will refund the cost of this training.

Appropriate First Aid Training

All coaches must complete an appropriate certified First Aid course, such as a course tailored to providing emergency sports first aid, lasting a minimum of three hours and including practical CPR.  This training must be completed every three years.  Most reputable first aid training providers will be able to provide such a course.  The club also occasionally arranges in-house first aid training for volunteers.  Contact our club Welfare Officer, Gemma Butterworth, for further details.  The club will either finance or refund this training.