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Sporting Schools program

Athletics Australia is currently seeking coaches to become accredited to assist in delivering the program around the country

Author: Athletics NSW Administrator/Thursday, 18 August 2016/Categories: Coaching, Employment

The Australian Sports Commission’s ‘Sporting Schools’ program, offers students in primary schools access to sport based activities before, during or after school. Athletics Australia delivers the IAAF Nestlé Healthy Active Kids’ Athletics through the Sporting Schools program which allows children to explore and develop the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing.

Athletics Australia is currently seeking coaches to become accredited to assist in delivering the program around the country.


Coaches will teach children the core fundamentals of athletics - running, jumping and throwing - using modified equipment with a focus on fun and following the IAAF’s successful global framework. All coaches will be paid for their involvement.

To be accredited to coach as part of the Sporting Schools athletics program, you need to be:

·         An athletics coach with a current accreditation from Athletics Australia*, OR;

·         An AASC CTP accredited coach**, OR;

·         A registered teacher**.


If you are one of the three above categories, all you need to do is to complete a four-hour upskilling course run by Athletics Australia and have a current Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See course calendar here


If you have already undertaken the upskilling course please register as a coach with Sporting Schools

With Sporting Schools to be available soon in hundreds of primary school around the country, it’s expected that there will be a wide variety of opportunities for coaches around Australia to enjoy teaching kids the basics of athletics and be paid for it; so get yourself accredited now!

For more information contact: 

* To become an accredited athletics coach, you can undertake a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course or apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). See here for course calendar. For RPL information please see here

** Must register with Athletics Australia as a Coach prior to undertaking the upskilling course. 



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The growth of Accredited Athletics Coaches in the recent months has been incredible, with many individuals completing their Level 1 or higher. 

To assist clubs to connect with qualified coaches we are creating a Coaching Roles Board that will list available club roles to our 5000+ accredited coaches. If your club is looking for new coaches, complete the registration form online by clicking here or complete the manual document here and return via email.

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