Teaching, Instructing and Coaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have, it comes with great responsibility and it demands great commitment. Students can make improvements through a structured programme of learning, meaningful practice, measured performance and appropriate competition. Effective coaches will create and manage a safe and fun environment. They will motivate their students to continue participating in Taekwondo, improve their performance and help them to achieve their goals. They will also understand what their students want to achieve, why they are participating in Taekwondo and they will create the appropriate opportunities to build on students’ strengths and improve their weaknesses.
We currently have four different types of people who deliver Taekwondo sessions:
- Coaches – people who lead sessions at the club and have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course.
- Instructors – people who lead sessions at the club and have yet to attend, or complete, the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course. The old ‘Instructors’ course is no longer offered.
- Assistant Instructors – people who assist sessions at the club under the guidance of their Coach or Instructor. This course is no longer offered.
- Activators – people who lead sessions, without supervision, in the community or at a club. The new Activators course is under development and will be available in the summer.
What are the requirements to deliver Taekwondo sessions:
- Activators, Coaches and Instructors must be valid British Taekwondo members and aged 18+.
- Activators, Coaches and Instructors must ensure ALL certificates are kept up to date.
- Insurance cover is provided as part of British Taekwondo membership, when using local authority venues check their minimum insurance cover requirements.
- DBS & CRB checks are undertaken by British Taekwondo every 2 years. Checks are free for volunteers.
- Coaches and Instructors must hold the rank of 1st Dan black belt or above.
- Activators can be lower than 1st Dan or can be teachers/coaches with experience of delivering engaging sessions in other sports.
- First aid must be provided for students and officials, either by the Coach/Instructor or the venue staff.
Please note the following new dates with regards to attending the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course:
- 1st April 2015 – Anyone wishing to become an Instructor for the first time will need to attend the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course before an Instructor Insurance certificate will be issued by Membership Services.
- 2017 – Existing Instructors wishing to coach at the 2017 British Taekwondo National Championships (Kyorugi) must have attended the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course prior to the event.
- 2018 – Existing Instructors wishing to coach at the 2018 British Taekwondo National Championships (Poomsae) must have attended the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course prior to the event.
- 1st January 2020 – The remainder of existing Instructors must have attended the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Taekwondo Award course by January 1st 2020, if they wish to retain their instructor status.
Each coaching course can accommodate 20 candidates and places are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.