A database of commercial providers of physical education and sport coaching has been created based on information provided by organisations working in schools.
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:
When engaging or forming any contract with commercial 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. In such cases you should, in the first instance, contact:
Roy Gittens, Education Officer: PE and Sport, Children’s Services Department
Clarendon House, Winchester, SO22 5PW
telephone: 01962 876218
Coaches with level 1 should, at all times, work under the direct supervision of a qualified teacher, or a level 2 coach.
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.
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 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 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 our 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.
It is the responsibility of the headteacher 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).