Coaching Pathway

What is Badminton England’s Coaching Pathway?

The Coaching Pathway defines the different ways that someone could enter into a coaching journey and the routes that you can follow to progress your knowledge and skills.

All coaches are expected to adhere to the Badminton England Code of Ethics and Behaviour which outlines the behaviour and standards expected of everyone within the badminton community in England and to protect everyone within the game.

Foundation Award in Coaching Badminton

Our new Foundation Coach course is the starting point for people who would like to get into coaching badminton and become a coaching assistant. This course will teach learners to:

  • Lead fun games, activities and tournaments
    • Understand the badminton landscape and structure in England
  • Support a ‘coach’ in the delivery of a session through:
    • Delivering appropriate warm ups/ cool downs
    • Appropriately feeding
    • Having a basic knowledge of hitting actions, tactics and the rules of the game
  • Deliver Badminton England programmes such as:
    • No Strings Sessions
    • SmashUp!
    • Racket Pack Lite
    • Understand the badminton landscape
  • Effectively support the development of clubs/ sessions
  • Maximise the participant experience

The course takes place over two days.

Each course is structured as follows:

Day one:

  • Arrival and setting the scene
  • My coaching philosophy
  • My coaching kit bag
  • Leading warm-ups and cool downs
  • Experiencing Badminton England programmes
  • Feeding & Differentiation
  • Movement and the stroke cycle

Day two:

  • Grips
  • Serving
  • Underarm hitting
  • Forehand overhead hitting
  • Backhand overhead hitting
  • The badminton landscape
  • Fun games

The course is supported by two e-learning modules required to be completed prior to the course, these being:

  • Coaching skills for foundation coaches
  • Business skills for foundation coaches

These take approx. 1 hour to complete.

The assessment for the course is an e-assessment module, required to be completed after the course. This is formed of 30 multiple choice questions, with a pass mark of 75%. Learners get three attempts to achieve this mark.

Learners are required to be 16 years of age on the first day of the course.

By attending this course, you will be eligible for a year’s free Coach Membership. This will require a DBS check to be completed through Badminton England, which is also free to volunteer coaches attending this course.

We encourage all coaches to become Badminton England Coach Members, this offers coaches:

  • Specialist insurance cover that gives you peace of mind and allows you to focus on coaching
  • Discounts of future coaching courses, CPD workshops or equipment
  • Access to Badminton England’s Community Hub for Coaches, full of free resources, videos, session plans and CPD opportunities
  • Increased profile through featuring on our coach finder tool

For more information on these benefits as well as a host of other benefits Coach Members can access please click here.

To locate and book onto a course please click here

Coach

Our new Coach course provides the opportunity to train to coach independently through a bespoke learning journey, tailored to coaches’ own environments. Formed of a core module and a specialism module where coaches get to choose whether to apply the knowledge and skills learnt to a ‘club’ or ‘talent’ environment, this course allows coaches to focus on their learning needs. This course will teach learners to:

  • Coach individuals, pairs and groups independently
  • Plan, deliver and progress technical practices with a tactical focus
  • Provide technical information building on the fundamental hitting and movement principles covered at foundation level
  • Maximise the participant experience
  • Effectively lead the development of clubs/ sessions
  • Effectively utilise a coaching team (where present)
  • Deliver Badminton England programmes such as:
    • Essentials
    • The Racket Pack
  • Understand the badminton landscape

The course is five days in total, usually completed over a 2-3 month period. This is formed of:

  • Core Module – Two days
  • Specialism Module (Club or Talent) – Two days
  • Assessment Day – One day

Each coach attending this course will be required to complete the core module followed by a specialism module selected by them. The core module is structured as follows:

Day one:

  • Arrival and setting the scene
  • My coaching philosophy
  • My coaching kit bag
  • Movement principles and the stroke cycle
  • Grips
  • Hitting skills

Day two:

  • Experiencing Badminton England programmes
  • Designing coaching programmes and sessions
  • Designing coaching programmes for singles
  • Structuring, managing and delivering coaching sessions
  • Designing coaching programmes for doubles
  • The badminton landscape

The club specialism module focuses on supporting coaches that are working in environments where they are ‘coaching participants to play’. If you are working in an environment consisting of large groups, varying abilities (including absolute beginners), school environments, or are looking to make coaching sessions fun and engaging then this module will be ideal for you.

The topics and structure of this module includes:

  • Lead coach roles and responsibilities
  • Large group management and coaching
  • Coaching absolute beginners
  • Technical coaching for beginners
  • Differentiation within groups
  • Understanding and delivering within the school environment
  • Running competitions and games
  • Common technical faults in adult beginners

The talent specialism module focuses on supporting coaches that are working in environments where they are ‘coaching participants to compete’. If you are working in an environment focusing on coaching specific disciplines, preparing them for tournaments or competitions, or coaching advanced hitting and movement skills then this module will be ideal for you.

The topics and structure of this module includes:

  • Singles-specific movement
  • Doubles-specific movement
  • Singles-specific hitting skills
  • Doubles-specific hitting skills
  • Tactical themes in the modem game

The specialism modules are designed to allow coaches to apply the knowledge and skills from the core module to that environment. This will not restrict coaches to working in this environment only, instead it allows coaches to apply the knowledge and skills of a coach to an environment they believe they will operate within most.

Anyone attending this course has the option to attend both specialism modules should they wish.

The course is supported by two e-learning modules required to be completed prior to the course, these being:

  • Coaching skills for coaches
  • Business skills for coaches

These take approx. 1 hour to complete. Alongside these coaches are required to deliver two coaching programmes away from the course.

It is also mandatory for coaches to attend a recognised safeguarding workshop prior to being certificated.

The assessment for this course is the completion of an e-portfolio, comprising an e-assessment module, planning, delivering and reviewing coaching programmes and the delivery of a coaching session.

Learners are required to be 18 years of age on the first day of the course and hold a UKCC Level 1 or Foundation Award in Coaching Badminton.

By attending this course, you will be eligible to a year’s free Coach Membership. This will require a DBS check to be completed through Badminton England, which is also free to volunteer coaches attending this course.

We encourage all coaches to become Badminton England Coach Members, this offers coaches:

  • Specialist insurance cover that gives you peace of mind and allows you to focus on coaching
  • Discounts of future coaching courses, CPD workshops or equipment
  • Access to Badminton England’s Community Hub for Coaches, full of free resources, videos, session plans and CPD opportunities
  • Increased profile through featuring on our coach finder tool

For more information on these benefits as well as a host of other benefits Coach Members can access please click here.

UKCC Level 3 Certificate for Head Coach in Badminton

The UKCC Level 3 qualifies the coach to take up a Head Coach role and lead the development of high-level badminton players through effective badminton coaching and the application of sports science principles.
By the end of the UKCC Level 3 Certificate for Head Coaches in Badminton learners will be able to:
• Apply advanced coaching principles to all aspects of coaching
• Analyse the needs of the individual player and provide a technically sound coaching solution based on player analysis
• Analyse the needs of the doubles pair and provide a technically sound coaching solution based on player analysis
• Apply coaching theory in the delivery of an effective group session for performance players
• Understand how to support participants physical conditioning within sport specific annual programmes
• Understand how to provide participants with nutritional advice within sport specific annual coaching programmes
• Understand how to develop participants mental skills within sport-specific annual coaching programmes
• Understand how to provide participants with lifestyle support within sport-specific annual coaching programmes

The UKCC Level 3 Certificate for Head Coaches in Badminton is eight days taught learning followed by an informative and summative assessment day usually ran over a year.

Our UKCC Level 3 course involves a significant amount of work away from the course to be completed. The course involves several pre-course e-learning modules that are assessed. These e-learning modules include:
• Understand how to support participants physical conditioning within sport specific annual programmes
• Understand how to provide participants with nutritional advice within sport specific annual coaching programmes
• Understand how to develop participants mental skills within sport-specific annual coaching programmes
• Understand how to provide participants with lifestyle support within sport-specific annual coaching programmes
Away from the course, learners are expected to develop and deliver two annual coach programmes, as well as completion of the UKCC Level 3 portfolio.

In order to apply to undertake our highest coaching qualification you need to be coaching in a performance environment. For more information and an application form please email coaching@badmintonengland.co.uk

Require more information?

Please contact the Education & Training team on 01908 268400 or coaching@badmintonengland.co.uk.

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