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Coaching

The UK Coaching Pathway (UKCP) and Nordic Performance Coach (NPC) courses are geared towards qualifying coaches with the necessary skills to safely and successfully train athletes with a specific focus on performance training and competitions. Snowsport Scotland works in conjunction with Snowsport England, Snowsport Wales, and British Ski & Snowboard to provide the UKCP courses that are available in Alpine, Snowboard and Freeski disciplines. The collaborative project between the organisations sees a single UK-wide coaching scheme replace a range of regional schemes bringing consistency to process, programme content and standards.

It is our hope that the Scheme will provide a clear pathway to develop the coaching skills and knowledge of those who are working with talented athletes in their respective disciplines but also the knowledge of parents whose children are showing that competitive promise. By developing a pathway that is both clear and inclusive we hope to build on the overall pool of knowledge and expertise available within the UK Coaching system for snowsports that will bring higher achievements in international competition.

The UK Coaching Pathway covers three disciplines: Alpine, Snowboard and Freeski. The coaching scheme is aimed at those with an interest in developing competitive performance in athletes.

The UK Coaching Pathway for Snowsports has four levels for each discipline:

Level 1             Entry Level Coach
Level 2             Club Coach / League Coach
Level 3             Head Coach / Junior Coach
Level 4             National Team Coach

Each discipline follows a slightly different pathway that reflects the way the sport is organised and practised in the UK.

The Nordic Performance Coach (NPC) is a standalone pathway offered by Snowsport Scotland.

Alpine

 

UKCP Alpine Coach L1

Remit: To work with children (specifically 5-12 years old) and entry standard competitors. The UKCP Level 1 Alpine Coach is able to plan and run individual training sessions appropriate for developing and challenging their athletes’ skills.

Course Duration: 3 days.

Pre Course Requirements: Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.  Candidates must be able to carve clean GS turns leaving clean tracks on easy blue piste terrain and ski rhythmical slalom turns showing good speed and control prior to attending.

Post Course Requirements: On successful completion of this unit, and subject to registration and Disclosure checks candidates are granted Level 1 Trainee status. To be given licenced status candidates must:

  • Complete a distance learning workbook.
  • The Level 1 Assessment. This can take place at your local ski centre. Some Level 1 Assessments are conducted one on one at a time of your choosing. Other candidates prefer to be assessed together with a group of colleagues. You will be expected to show that you can run a safe coaching session and that your personal skiing is adequate.
  • Have the necessary credentials.

 

UKCP Alpine Coach L2

Remit: To work with more skilled athletes, both on artificial slopes and on snow.within a club in mountains.  Trainee coaches will have experience of course setting in slalom, giant slalom and speed events in a mountain environment. The course is very practical with candidates taking part in a number of activities.

Course Duration: 6 days.

Pre Course Requirements: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold Level 1 Performance UKCP trainee status, or apply for recognition of a non UK coaching award.  Candidates must be able to carve clean track turns on steep red piste at speed while showing good positive posture and control in both slalom and giant slalom turns prior to attending. Candidates must be physically fit and will be expected to take part in physically demanding activities.

Post Course Requirements:  On successful completion of this unit, and subject to registration and CRB checking you are granted Level 2 Trainee status. To be given licenced status candidates must:

  • Complete a distance learning workbook.
  • Pass a Level 2 Assessment. Some Level 2 Assessments are conducted one on one at a time of your choosing. Other candidates prefer to be assessed together with a group of colleagues. You will be expected to show that you can run a safe coaching session and that your personal skiing is adequate.
  • Have the necessary credentials (including Coach Clean)

 

UKCP Alpine Coach L3 

(Under Development) 

 

Freeski

The pathways start with a 3-day course giving an introduction into performance coaching and will allow you to run sessions at artificial slopes or assist a L2 or above, running training sessions in the mountains.

Levels 2, 3 and 4 increase your coaching skills and give you greater responsibility and scope within which to use your qualification. Please see below for further information on each course.

UKCP Freeski Coach L1
UKCP Freeski Coach L2

UKCP Freeski Coach L3 (Under Development)

 

Snowboard

The pathways start with a 3-day course giving an introduction into performance coaching and will allow you to run sessions at artificial slopes or assist a L2 or above, running training sessions in the mountains.

Levels 2, 3 and 4 increase your coaching skills and give you greater responsibility and scope within which to use your qualification. Please see below for further information on each course.

UKCP Snowboard Coach L1
UKCP Snowboard Coach L2

UKCP Snowboard Coach L3 (Under Development)

 

Nordic

 

Nordic Performance Coach courses are run on a request only basis. Please contact the office to register interest in attending a course. 

 

Nordic Performance Coach L1

Nordic Performance Coach L2 

Nordic Performance Coach L3

Nordic Performance Coach L4

 

IASI Mountain Safety

Snowsport Scotland and IASI (Irish Association of Snowsport Instructors) have recently extened their partnership to allow UKCP L2 Licenced coaches access to the IASI Mountain Safety courses for those wishing to take their group off piste.  There are 2 levels of qualifications along with a Mountain Skills workshop designed to support learning and there is no requirement to join IASI to book on these courses.

The Level 1 Off Piste Security is the first qualification available in the IASI Mountain Safety pathway. Holders of this award can work off piste within the resort boundaries in the UK and abroad, where ski patrol operates, provided the snowsports school or club, and/or the laws of the country allow the activity.

The Level 2 Backcountry Security is the highest qualification available in the IASI Mountain Safety pathway. Holders of this award can work off piste beyond the resort boundary in the UK and abroad, except on glaciated terrain or where mountaineering techniques are required. The qualification is recognised internationally and forms part of the Euro Test requirements.

To book on to a IASI Mountain Safety course, please do so directly through the IASI website.

 

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