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Coaching and volunteering in sport

I want to start coaching, what do I need to know?

Coaches are needed at every level, and whatever the reason you want to become involved in coaching, the most important attribute to have is enthusiasm! Coaches can be influential on a number of different levels, from helping an older person become more mobile and stable on their feet, through to guiding a performer from local to regional standard.

It is important that any coach leading a sports session is trained and committed to provide a fun, high quality learning experience for his or her participants.

To become qualified to coach, you must attend a sports specific coaching award in a particular sport. To find out what courses are available for your preferred sport contact the governing body directly. The Humber Sports Partnership website has a list of all national governing body contacts, who will advise you on which courses you should attend:

Humber Sports Partnership (external website) 

The minimum requirements which many employers now expect is that in addition to your sports specific qualification you also have:

  • an enhanced CRB clearance (if you are working with young people and vulnerable adults)
  • attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course (formerly child protection) and
  • an up to date First Aid qualification (attended within the last three years)

It is also advisable to have attended a disability awareness course and an equity in your coaching course.

To book onto any of these generic coaching awards, contact the Humber Sports Partnership which runs specific courses that are listed in their ‘Courses For All’ booklet.

Humber Sports Partnership (external website) 

Sports coach UK is the national organisation for coaching. It provides support to coaches and more guidance on how to become a coach. Download the “How to Become a Coach” guide for more information.

How to become a coach (pdf 2.1mb opens in new window)

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How do I become a volunteer?

There are a number of ways that people can volunteer in sport, here are a couple of examples:

1. Volunteer with a local sports club:

Many voluntary sports clubs have now registered with the East Riding Volunteer Centre (ERVAS) and have their volunteer opportunities listed on the national volunteer opportunities website, do-it.org:

do-it.org (external website)

Please visit the website where you can conduct a search in your locality of the opportunities available. You can then register your interest on-line.

2. Volunteer directly with the Sport and Play Development Service:

We run a range of projects throughout the year where we need volunteers to help them run well.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, the please complete our volunteer application form:

Volunteer application form (pdf 119kb opens in new window)

All volunteers are required to undertake a CRB check, so please arrange this a few weeks prior to you wanting to start your placement.

The role of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is to reduce the risk of abuse by ensuring that those who are unsuitable are not able to work with children and vulnerable adults. If you work or volunteer with children or vulnerable adults then it is imperative that you undergo a Criminal Records Bureau check. This is essential good practice in protecting both yourself, other volunteers and the young people.

Please contact your National Governing Body of Sport, the East Riding Youth Council for Voluntary Services (ERCVYS) on (01482) 871077 or the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s CRB team (01482) 391208 for further information on CRB checks and obtaining forms.

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What does sports development work involve?

The main aim of sports development work is to increase participation in sport and physical activity for all ages and abilities in local communities. This involves working with in partnership with a number of agencies, e.g. schools, clubs, voluntary groups, National Governing Bodies of sport etc.

Sports development work is varied and there is no standard job description. Different officers have different roles and responsibilities, e.g. a schools and young people officers role will vary from that of a community recreation officer.

Sports development work may include:

  • Strategic planning of particular projects.
  • Liaising with appropriate partners.
  • Monitoring and evaluating projects.
  • Writing reports.
  • Assessing the impact of programmes.
  • Establishing links between schools and sports clubs.
  • Organising and delivering training for teachers, clubs or coaches.
  • Working in partnership with local agencies, organisations to provide sustainable sporting opportunities.
  • Providing support and advice to schools, clubs, play groups on a number of development issues, such as funding, training etc.


A typical path into sports development initially involves volunteer work and then progression to an assistant sports development officer. Once you have gained experience within this role and have developed your skills, you should be able to move on. The minimum number of years experience to gain a sports development officer role is usually about two years.

Sports development working hours typically include unsociable hours. Examples of this might include holding evening meetings with clubs, or weekend work such as tutoring a training course. Working flexible hours is a requirement of the post.

All of our jobs are posted on the East Riding Recruiter website.

East Riding Recruiter (external East Riding website)  

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Are there any coaching opportunities?

We are always on the look out for flexible, qualified sports coaches no matter what the sport. We have various coaching programmes where sports coaches are often recruited to on a sessional basis, including: 

  • Skip 4 Life - a skipping programme in Primary schools.
  • After school activity programmes delivered in Primary schools.
  • Twilight football – a youth diversionary programme delivered on Friday nights to reduce anti social behaviour.
  • Women’s informal sessions - to engage women into various sports e.g. netball, rounders.

This is just a start, but there are many more coaching schemes and opportunities. 

We do have certain requirements of our coaches, these include: 

  • Qualification – minimum level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) qualification, or working towards
  • A current enhanced East Riding of Yorkshire CRB clearance
  • Valid Safeguarding course and Emergency First Aid trained
  • Able to deliver coaching across a range of ages including 8 – 12 year olds 
  • Having their own transport
  • Willing to travel to sessions around the East Riding of Yorkshire

If you want to find out more about signing up with us on a sessional basis then please complete the enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

You can also view current vacancies and coaching opportunities on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Recruiter website. 

East Riding Of Yorkshire Council Recruiter (external East Riding website) 

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Are there any work experience opportunities available?

We offer a number of placement opportunities for people over the age of 18 years. Due to the high demand for placements, we cannot always guarantee a placement with us and you will need to complete an application form stating why you would like gain experience.

Our placements can be flexible, although will require commitment in time and effort and there may be some unsociable hours required.

Examples of projects we offer for placements 

1. Specific projects that will form the main part of the students work programme, e.g. Audits – e.g. voluntary clubs, Olympic sports 

  • Identifying funding providers in sport.
  • Customer journey case studies.

2. Shadowing and supporting Community Sports Coaches and Development Officers with practical delivery, e.g.  

  • coaching football sessions.
  • supervising and supporting young people on the Aspire disability project.
  • assisting with sessions to older people in day centres and care homes.
  • volunteer jog leader at women’s informal jogging groups.
  • supporting staff at Withernsea adventure playground.
  • supporting our summer holiday programme.

3. Involvement with major events: 

  • Skip4Life primary skipping challenge.
  • School's Out (Summer holiday programme.)
  • Adult Disability Sport Events.

To register your interest in any work placement opportunities, complete our online expression of interest form (opens a new window).

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