Craig Williams (ISES)
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of a national, leading blended learning programme of coach education at UKCC 1st4sport Level 2 within higher education in the UK. The ‘Level 2 + award’ program, in its 4th year of delivery at the University of Worcester (UW) is endorsed and supported by Sports Coach UK (SCUK), the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Sports Partnership and the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB’s) for Hockey, Netball and Basketball. The aim of the programme is to develop vocational coach education qualifications for UW sports coaching science students, which provides opportunity, credibility, affordability and flexibility. The blended learning aspect of the program permits UW UMS level 4 students, studying sports coaching science to RPL module content towards the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in The Principles of Coaching Sport, the corner stone of the ‘Level 2 + award’ and a mandatory pre requisite for the ‘Level 2 + award’ in Hockey, Netball, Football, Basketball and Multi-Skills. Results of the program thus far suggest (1) improved potential for student employment within coaching (2) a positive contribution to sports coaching delivery within the City of Worcester and our wider region and (3) significant financial savings for students within vocational coach education.