Coach Training

Please read the qualification/renewal process first.

If you are interested in becoming a coach please download and complete the coaching application form.

If you are renewing as a coach please download and complete the coach renewal application form.

When renewing your coaching card, please ensure you follow the procedure correctly. We cannot issue a new card unless you supply the following:

  • A correctly completed coach renewal form
  • Two passport photographs
  • A summary of your coaching activity.

Sign Off Authority

All NFAS members that are not NFAS registered coaches and train/coach under the auspices of the NFAS must be registered as  a Sign Off Authority and hold a current DBS certificate. All clubs that do not have an NFAS coach must have a Sign Off Authority. 
Club appointees with sign off authority must be a full adult member, with at least two years NFAS archery experience and be registered with the NFAS Membership secretary.
Club Appointee(s) should make themselves familiar with the NFAS Child Protection Policy and Risk Assessment Procedure (see the NFAS Club Pack).

To register as a “Sign Off Authority”, the candidate must complete the “Sign Off Authority” application form and forward it to the DBS Administrator. See Section: DBS.
Sign off authority will not be issued to clubs with an NFAS registered coach, unless by prior agreement with the NFAS Committee. Members registered as Independent cannot apply for the Sign-Off Authority.

The NFAS will instigate one DBS check, free of charge per club that does not have an NFAS Coach. The DBS disclosure will be valid for three years. Any requirements for additional sign off authority applications and renewals will be charged at £25.00 each, unless special dispensation is agreed with the DBS Administrator prior to application / renewal.

Aim of the Coach Training Course

The aim of the coach training course is to take a NFAS member with at least two years experience, or previous archery coaching experience through the scenario of selecting a theoretical venue suitable for coaching beginners, to risk assessing the venue, equipping it and run a beginners course with all the necessary requirements in place, making sure the course is safe and to the NFAS standard.

Candidates are expected to produce a written assignment that may be used as a working document for planning and running a beginners course at their own club upon successfully completing the coach training course.

The course contains both practical and classroom based subjects and candidates are supplied with course notes and all the information that candidates will need to complete the course. Subjects include: Child Protection, Risk Assessment and Practical Coaching Scenarios with Role Playing.

The coach trainers will be on hand to provide guidance and help for candidates throughout the course and also during the writing of their assignment.

We have candidates from many different backgrounds and with varying academic qualifications. However, many candidates will have done very little formal learning since they left full time education and at first glance, the course may seem a little daunting.  We would like to assure you that this is not an academic test but an assessment of candidate’s ability to coach beginners to become safe and competent members of our society. Our current course pass rate is about 98%.

PLEASE NOTE: DBS (CRB) CHECKS WILL BE INITIATED BY THE COACH TRAINING CO-ORDINATOR. THIS PROCESS CAN TAKE SOME TIME, UP TO SIX WEEKS SO IT IS ADVISED THAT RENEWALS ARE SENT IN EARLY..

RENEWAL DBS CHECKS WILL BE FREE OF CHARGE. INITIAL DBS CHECKS FOR THE COACHING COURSES WILL BE COVERED IN THE COURSE FEE.

We will issue an up to date list of coaches every other newsletter with renewal dates highlighted. We will not remind individuals directly; it is your responsibility to renew. Any coaching certificate which is more than three months out of date will be removed from the list and an e-mail sent to the coaches club to inform them of this fact. I hope you appreciate that in our current climate we cannot allow uncertified coaching to take place.