Coaching is essential to developing, sustaining and increasing participation in sport. It improves performance, increases success and supports key social and economic objectives, such as enjoyment.

Coaching is essential to motorsport in the UK. The MSA has invested in the development of a coaching structure to provide an education and qualifications in coaching.

Why is coaching important?

For club members, teams, parents, guardians, engineers: Having a greater understanding of coaching as a process ensures that these individuals are better placed to advise and guide regarding the development of participants within the sport.

For coaches: Many people in motorsport have a wealth of experience through their own practice. However, being a participant does not automatically entitle you to be a coach. Coaching qualifications provide a legitimate means for people to be Motorsport Coaches.

Introduction to Coaching outline

This is the first step of the ladder for the MSA coaching pathway - for clubs, associations, championships and parents etc. who want an understanding of coaching practice.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the coaching process exploring what good coaching is and why it is important. This is not a course to qualify people as coaches: the inherent risk and complexity of motorsport make it inappropriate to qualify somebody as a coach on less than a Level 2 award.

This course consists of six guided learning hours with further material available. The course will explore:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a coach
  • Preparation and planning
  • Underpinnings of sport skill
  • Principles of the skill development process
  • Coaching methods and simulated process
  • Health and safety
  • The sport sciences: hygiene and performance factors
  • Where next: Improving / developing your coaching

Level 2 Coaching Outline

The MSA has developed the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Motorsport in both Participation and Performance, which is designed to set the standard for coaching in motor sport. The accreditation is listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework, which sits within OFQUAL – a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests. The awarding body is 1st4Sport, which works with the governing bodies of many other sports including football, gymnastics, rugby and tennis.


The Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Motorsport has two variants, performance and participation.

Participation: For those working with individuals on a short term basis where the objectives are primarily enjoyment and safety.

Performance: For those working with individuals on a long term basis to develop their performance.

The two courses have the same first block of learning and then split as shown in the table. The courses are run separately but both come out with the Level 2 accreditation either in participation or performance. Having completed one pathway, an individual can complete block two of the other pathway if they wish to qualify in the other discipline. 


Driver Practical Syllabus

Motorsport Code of Conduct for coaches

Role and Working Practice of the Motor Sport Coach

The science and art of coaching

Skill Acquisition

Driving skills: Components and progression

Common driving problems and how to correct them

Risk assessment and record keeping

Planning and preparation Micro perspectives

Physical blocks to performance

Coaching methodologies



Internal review and discussion of client plans and session evaluations

Psychosocial blocks and aids to performance

As Participation

Performance Psychology


Sales and marketing

Dealing with emergencies

Macro planning and development

Dealing with emergencies

The course is delivered in two lots of two days and costs £599+VAT. The basic criteria are that – prior to registration – candidates must:

  • Have a relevant background
  • Hold a full valid UK driving licence
  • Be at least 17 years of age (18 at certification)
  • Complete the Introduction to Coaching Motor Sport Award
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English.
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