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Physical Education & School Sport

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.

Schools should:

For full information please see the ASL document or Safety in PE & Sport [HCC 2012]

Please note: any schools with an early or later years setting, or providing breakfast club, after  school or holiday club activities for children up to the age of 8, may have staff providing ‘childcare’ in those settings, and therefore the staff assessed as providing that childcare need to be checked that they are not disqualified, either directly or ‘by association’.

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For providers wishing to venture into child care/early years further guidance can be found on the following Hampshire web page:

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:

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).


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