Sports coaching and physical activity

We maintain a database of sports coaches. This forms the basis for the production of a register to assist schools in finding appropriately qualified people to support sport and physical activity.

New coaches are required to attend an induction training session before inclusion on the database.

Induction training

You must pre-book your preferred date. If you do not book, you may not be able to attend the training.

There are 40 places available in each session.

The training sessions will take place on:

  • 9 January 2024 from 6pm to 8pm
  • 15 April 2024 from 6pm to 8pm

Safeguarding training, KCSiE annual update

  • 27 November 2023 from 6pm to 8pm

All training will take place at:

Heatons Sports Club
Green Lane
Stockport
SK4 2NF

Requirements

If you're a new or existing coach, in addition to attending the induction training, you're required to provide the documents below.

All copies of documentary evidence, except the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate, are normally collected at the induction training. Updates of documents with expiry dates can be emailed to edsupport@stockport.gov.uk. For example; insurance and first aid certificates.

DBS certificate

You'll need to provide a valid enhanced DBS certificate with children’s barred list check. From 1 September 2021 it's a requirement that all new coaches wishing to be included on the register will need to be registered with the DBS Update Service.

Once registered with the update service, you'll no longer be required to renew and resubmit your certificate every 3 years. The cost of renewing every 3 years and paying the annual update service fee is comparable.

If you do not maintain your registration you'll be removed from the register.

Public liability insurance

You'll need a valid public liability insurance certificate to cover third party claims. This needs to be for a minimum of £5,000,000.

If you have insurance from being a member of a national governing body, we'll require evidence of both your insurance cover and membership of the national governing body.

First aid certificate

You'll need to hold a valid first aid or emergency aid certificate which must include a practical assessment element. Qualifications that are purely attained online are not suitable for the register. These need to be updated every 3 years or sooner in some cases.

Safeguarding children training

You'll need to show evidence of attending full training on safeguarding of children every 3 years. This could be a certificate from a specific course, or a clearly identifiable module within other training.

You'll also be required to complete an annual safeguarding in education update course in line with the Department for Education’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance. You can attend this course in one of the schools you're working in and your attendance can then be confirmed in writing by the school. Alternatively, you can contact bstraining@stockport.gov.uk to enquire about other training opportunities in Stockport. There will also be a free centrally run course offered at the beginning of each academic year, the details of which are above.

Code of conduct

You'll be required to agree to and sign a code of conduct for working in schools. This code of conduct has been developed by us.

Appropriate sporting qualification

You should provide evidence of certificates from genuine organisations, showing your ability to coach in your qualified discipline.

Updating documentation

Keep a record of the renewal dates for each of your required documents to avoid being removed from the register. You will not receive a reminder that qualifications or documents have expired.

Updated certificates

It's your responsibility, or your employer's responsibility, to submit updated qualifications, insurance, safeguarding and first aid certificates. Email them to edsupport@stockport.gov.uk.