Level 1 Award in Coaching Badminton

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1st4sport UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Badminton (Assistant Coach)


“Assist more qualified coaches delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision.”

The 1st4sport UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Badminton (L1ACBAD) is the first step on the new BADMINTON England Coaching Pathway. The qualification focuses on both the art and the science of coaching, introducing new coaches to the “How to” skills of coaching as well as helping them to break down and coach the technical and tactical elements of the game. It will qualify the assistant coach to work alongside a more qualified coach, working with players in their early stages of development.

Who is it designed for?

The 1st4sport UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Badminton is suitable for those who are new to coaching, but who have some knowledge of the game and would like to learn how to apply that in a coaching environment. Assistant coaches should be committed to their own development and should be looking to gain experience whilst working with a coach who is already qualified at Level 2 or higher.

What does the Level 1 certificate qualify me to do?

The course will qualify the successful candidate to assist a higher qualified coach working with:

• Junior beginner / junior club players

• Senior beginner / social / club players in the lower levels of local leagues.

What are the requirements to go on the course?

Candidates are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course
  • have some experience of playing the game and can participate in a short rally, or;
  • can demonstrate knowledge and understanding of what is required when playing the game and the technicalities required when participating in a short rally

In order to help you to decide whether to apply for the course we have provided some self check questions that will help you:

  • Can you describe the court boundaries for singles and doubles?
  • Can you describe the areas you are allowed to serve into for singles and doubles?
  • Can you score both a singles and doubles game using rally point scoring?
  • Can you identify the basic strokes used in badminton?
  • Can you describe a sequence of strokes that would make up a typical badminton rally?
  • Can you strike a shuttle underarm to a consistent position in order to provide meaningful practice opportunities?
  • Can you sustain a simple rally involving a combination of underarm and overhead strokes?

If you are unsure about any of the information above please do not hesitate to contact either your Badminton Workforce Officer or County Coaching Secretary for guidance.

How is the qualification delivered?

The 1st4sport UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Badminton will be delivered by an accredited BADMINTON England tutor. It will be split into the following phases:

  • Phase 1: Registration and Pre-course induction and activities
  • Phase 2: Taught programme and on-going internal assessment (Day 1)
  • Phase 3: Mid-course study and on-going internal assessment
  • Phase 4: Taught programme and on-going internal assessment (Day 2)
  • Phase 5: Mid course - completion of assessment tasks and preparation for independent assessment
  • Phase 6: Independent assessment (Day 3)

Throughout the taught programme the theoretical “How to coach” skills are threaded through the technical and tactical “What to coach” skills, both on court and in group activities. As a result you will have many opportunities to practise and receive feedback on the coaching skills that you have learnt. You will be assessed throughout the course by your course tutor who will give you plenty of opportunities to demonstrate competence in key areas. There will also be some written work throughout the course and an independent assessment at the end.

Course Objectives:

On successful completion of the Level 1 Award in Coaching Badminton, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to safely organise and supervise Badminton activities, including group coaching and using pre-planned Badminton coaching session cards
  • Promote and establish working relationships and high standards of behaviour with players, coaches, parents and officials in the overall development of Badminton
  • Demonstrate an understanding of:
     - generic coaching skills
     - badminton specific coaching skills
     - coach and performer/player development
     - good practice in club management and coaching
     - health and safety
     - working with parents, attitudes and ethics
     - basic laws of Badminton
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and adapt Badminton activities and sessions for a variety of different abilities and age groups
  • Demonstrate an awareness of further personal development opportunities in badminton, including coaching, sports therapy, administration and officiating.


All candidates will receive high quality resources to support the qualification.  These will include an induction pack and a coach handbook to support the core learning outcomes along with a candidate pack which contains all of the assessment tasks.

Booking onto the Course

A national list of courses is available to download in the Find a Course Section on the website.  Once you have found a suitable course, you will need to complete an application form and send it with payment to BADMINTON England.

Please note: BADMINTON England recommend that all coaches should join the Coaching Register once qualified and starting to coach, as this will provide you with necessary insurance along with many other member benefits that will help you to keep yourself up to date. Level 1 course fees include a free years membership to the coaching register. For more details please click here or contact the Education & Training Team.