New look Level 2 coaching qualification proves a hit

16th May 2019

New look Level 2 coaching qualification proves a hit

The Level 2 coaching volleyball qualification has been relaunched with a fresh new look.

The initial new look 1st4Sport UKCC Level 2 course in coaching volleyball took place in January and was well received by the maiden cohort of learners and tutors. A second course is set to take place in Bristol in June and has already proven popular with 15 out of 16 places booked.

Awarded by 1st4sport, the Level 2 qualification has refreshed and updated content. The four-day course now follows on from the Level 1 Introduction to Coaching Volleyball course, which was revamped last year following feedback from the membership. Learners have given great feedback on the Level 1 and a surge in courses have taken place this year.

Both qualifications focus on the 6 v 6 game and building learners knowledge and understanding of a game-based approach – this coaching method looks to develop players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically through sessions which replicate game-play situations. The Level 2 course builds on the Level 1, which equips coaches with the skills to be an assistant coach, to developing coaches to be confident in being an independent coach.

“After revamping the Level 1 award based on the feedback, it was the next step to make the Level 2 a natural progression from Level 1,” says Gillian Harrison, Volleyball England’s Technical and Talent Coordinator. “We’ve received good support from our awarding body 1st4Sport and the course provides coaches with the essential knowledge to step up from being an assistant coach to leading a team.”

With two to four Level 2 courses running on average per year, if you are interested in becoming a qualified independent coach, email coaching@volleyballengland.org to register your interest and the HUB team can keep you posted about potential course dates.

What is on the course?  

While the Level 1 course focuses on individual skills and tactics, the 1st4Sport UKCC Level 2 Certificate develops coaches to lead a team. The course looks at how to create team play and exploring the use of different tactical systems, as well as helping coaches learn how to plan a series of progressive sessions.  

The Level 2 qualification also continues to develop individuals coaching practices, including: 

  • Coaching ethics
  • Safeguarding
  • Anti-doping awareness
  • Skill acquisition
  • Physical conditioning
  • Planning and delivering progressive sessions
  • Coach athlete relationships
  • Mental preparation
  • Nutrition and hydration.

With a combination of practical sessions and theory, the course includes four full days – usually over the space of a month to six weeks – with a tutor. In order to pass the Level 2, learners have to prepare, deliver and review four coaching sessions at a club and complete a portfolio, which has been simplified to make it. It usually takes learners about three months in total to earn their qualification. For more information about what is involved, visit the Level 2 coaching qualification page.

Becoming a Level 2 qualified coach is an exciting prospect as it is the start of a coaching journey which sees you prepared to be the head coach for senior players at regional and local level, as well as beginners and junior club players.

A Level 2 qualification is also being phased in as a requirement of being a coach in the National Volleyball League – so gaining the award is an important step to becoming a coach at the highest level of the domestic game.  

New look Level 2 coaching qualification proves a hit