Who Can Deliver Sessions

England Hockey states that you do not necessarily need a qualified coach to lead small-sided games.  Anyone can play a role in delivering fun, safe and engaging sessions.  Anybody who can provide a positive and encouraging experience and facilitate the delivery of small-sided games will provide a great environment.

However, only a Lead Coach, holding at least a Level 2 coaching qualification, may deliver a coaching session by themselves e.g. designing sessions or supporting the development of skills or techniques.

You do not need a formal qualification if:

  • You are delivering a coaching session where there is a qualified individual (Lead Coach) on the pitch with ultimate responsibility for the activity taking place, or
  • You are only facilitating hockey activity to ensure fun and safe sessions by one or more of the following:
    • Managing the warm-ups;
    • Facilitating small-sided games;
    • Facilitating matches;
    • Providing non-coaching feedback like encouragement.