Outdoor Education

Providers of Physical Education and Sport Coaching

A database of providers of physical education and sport coaching has been created based on information provided by organisations working in schools.

                        PROVIDERS DATABASE

The providers on the database meet the safety management and safeguarding requirements of Hampshire County Council. It should be noted that it is for the establishment employing these coaches to determine whether or not they meet individual requirements.

If you are using a company that is NOT listed on the database, they will need to complete both sections of the questionnaire. If they meet minimum requirements, that company will then be included on the database. Please download the questionnaire here:

  • Insurance and indemnification

    When engaging or forming any contract with providers or coaches, establishments need to be aware of and adhere to the safety advice and guidance as set out in Hampshire’s Safety in Physical Education and Sport document (see below).  Particular regard should be made to the qualifications required for non PE specialists and coaches.

    Due to current changes taking place nationally and led by Sports Coach UK, all national governing bodies of sport are being required to standardise their coaching qualifications.  These changes will take place at different times over the next three or four years and as a result, in some cases, local agreement may need to take place with Hampshire County Council (as it indemnifies such activities) regarding the appropriate qualification of individual coaches.

  • Decathlete Ben Hazell from Hook is currently ranked 3rd in the UK, pictured at the Great Hall in Winchester ©Nigel Riches

    If any clarification is needed contact:

    Roy Gittens, Programme Manager PE & School Sport
    Outdoor Education, PE & DofE Service,Hampshire Futures, Four Chimneys, Winton Close, SO22 6AB tel: 01962 876218 email: roy.gittens@hants.gov.uk

  • Level 1 coaching qualification:

    Coaches with level 1 should, at all times, work under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher, or a level 2 coach.

  • Level 2 coaching qualification:

    Coaches with level 2 qualification can, once schools have satisfied themselves of the appropriate nature of the coaching, work independently with groups of young people.

  • Level 2 and above:

    Coaches may, with the right experience, support the development of schemes of work and programmes of study.

In the normal way coaching qualifications are sport specific, therefore as a general rule coaches are not qualified to coach other sports. However it would be reasonable that where a coach with a Level 2 sport specific qualification in an invasion game such as football, also holds a Level 1 in another similar invasion game that coach could deliver introductory sessions in the sport for which he/she holds the Level 1. The same principle would be true for striking and net games, but would not apply to activities such as athletics, gymnastics, swimming or other potentially hazardous activities.

Where Level 2 coaches are delivering sports for which they hold a Level 1 qualification, schools are advised that they need to carry out separate monitoring for this activity, as it must not be assumed that the coach will have the same level of competence as that for their Level 2 sport. By allowing the Level 2 coach to deliver their Level 1 sport or activity independently the school must satisfy themselves that this is appropriate and that the young people under instruction will receive a positive experience.

A relatively recent addition to the menu of sports coaching qualifications is that of the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Development in Sport (QCF).

This qualification aims to develop the coaches’ knowledge of child development and fundamental movement together with sports skills through the medium of ‘Multi-Skills’. This is an appropriate qualification for coaches wishing to work with children of Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 age where the focus of Physical Education is the development of such skills. Where the activity develops into discreet sports an appropriate NGB award is required, as described above.

It is the responsibility of the Head teacher and Governors to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people through effective monitoring of the quality of learning. This is regardless of the level of paper qualification a coach may bring to the establishment, club or centre (please see Appendix A – Safety in Physical Education and Sport).