Considering stepping into coaching?

Thursday 02 May 2024

Having a positive coaching experience can profoundly shape a person’s entire sporting experience, both on and off the playing field. For motorsport, this is no different and our coaching pathway is designed for anyone who is enthusiastic about motorsport, helping aspiring coaches, parents, club co-ordinators or volunteers to take the next step and facilitate safe, fun and inclusive motorsport events. 

The gateway into coaching starts with our Accelerator Award, the first step into understanding coaching principles. This is an entry point into coaching and is open to anybody 17 or above who is enthusiastic about the sport and wants to deliver a positive experience for motorsport participants.  Delivered fully online through ten interactive sessions, participants on this course can complete the modules at a time convenient to them and receive a digital badge, certificate of completion and Accelerator logo when they have finished the award. The course costs £34.99 per person. 

The next step is undertaking the Level 2, a fully accredited (ofqual) and UK Coaching endorsed qualification, recognised within the sports industry. This requires a larger commitment and self-study is required, but it also allows application for a Motorsport UK coach licence. 

Adam Gould, Academy Coach & Elite Sport Assessor, Motorsport UK Academy, comments, “Being a driver on the early MSA Rally Elite and Team UK programmes gave me some incredible opportunities and exposure to the motorsport industry. When a career in driving was no longer an option, I felt like I had some useful knowledge and experience which I could use to help younger drivers facing the same challenges that I did. 

“Coaching can be hugely rewarding, and you definitely get a buzz from sharing your drivers success. Seeing how many of our current Academy drivers and former graduates were competing last weekend at Donnington BTCC across the different championships, and achieving some amazing results, gives me a massive sense of satisfaction and pride that we may have played a small part in their journey. 

“Motorsport UK’s Level 2 coaching qualification really helped me understand the psychology of coaching. I think it’s valuable knowledge for coaches at any level.” 

Katie Baldwin, Head of Competitor Development adds, “The course is delivered specifically within the motorsport context.  Whilst other coaching qualifications will be helpful to understand the foundations of coaching, this course applies coaching to motorsport specifically.” 

Don’t let the commitment put you off – there’s lots of fun to be had while undertaking a coaching qualification, and what better time of year to put that knowledge to use with longer days and an action-packed calendar of motorsport events. 

Find out more about our coaching pathway here. If you’ve recently completed one of our coaching courses, why not get involved this UK Coaching Week and share your experience using the hashtag #ThanksCoach