Inclusive fitness coach talking to participants


Coaches, leaders and activators play a key role in delivering sport and activity, providing time, expertise, commitment and enthusiasm to help develop sport and physical activity at every level.

Thinking of becoming a coach or leader? Start your journey into coaching.

Benefits of becoming a coach:

  • 'Do your bit'  – you may simply want to give something back
  • Maybe you’re looking for a regular volunteering opportunity or even paid work
  • You will develop your own skills and gain qualifications in coaching and enhance your communication, organisation, motivation and confidence
  • Coaches also act as role models encouraging others to become sport leaders

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Unlock the secrets of Great Coaching, it’s not all about the technical and tactical. Great Coaching requires great people skills.

Active Surrey has teamed up with UK Coaching to give you discounted access to the UK Coaching subscription service. When you join UK Coaching, you’ll unlock a wide range of exclusive resources, learning and offers designed to help you connect, grow and empower people – from all walks of life. 

Subscribe using discount code ASUB20 and you’ll get a full 12 months’ access for just £20 (instead of the standard price of £24). 

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  • Exclusive access to practical resources you can read, watch or download that will help you to: 

- Build rapport 

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  • Free access to some of UK Coaching’s online Learn at Home courses, including recordings of the popular Time2Learn webinars. 
  • Priority offers where you can save money on everything from team kit to tax advice and digital technology. 

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Sport England’s November 2018/19 Active Lives Adult Survey report revealed that 6 million adults had given their time at least twice in the last year to help make sport and physical activity happen. Without these volunteers most activity simply wouldn’t take place, but why do people volunteer in the first place?

For younger people, volunteering helps build teamworking, planning and soft skills that are increasingly important to employers and look good on a CV. The added responsibility that often comes when running events is another positive mark that can be cited when applying for jobs.

People who are a little older often gain satisfaction by introducing and helping younger players in their chosen sport', and it can provide a welcome distraction from their normal day job. Volunteering can show that you're a more rounded individual, nurtures new skills and can offer a sense of teamwork that may be missing in your work. Older volunteers often find that it helps keep them fit while giving them another interest.

Whatever your age, you'll expand your social circle and get a 'feelgood' buzz, knowing that you're helping others, boosting your own mental wellbeing.

Volunteering explained

Sport England have a volunteering guide that demonstrates the vital contribution volunteers make to community sport. They have compiled a comprehensive question and answer section that covers everything from how to find opportunities, to getting the most out of volunteering, plus advice for managers.

Duty to Care Toolkit and Digital Badge

UK Coaching has launched a toolkit to ensure the nation’s coaches and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide great experiences to others, and support them to better look after themselves.

The Duty to Care Toolkit is available on UK Coaching’s learning and development platform and is made up of five 'pillars' – Diversity, Inclusion, Mental Health, Safeguarding and Wellbeing. Showing knowledge of each pillar leads to a Digital Badge that signifies the holder understands key Duty to Care principles which will help create inclusive, welcoming environments.