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Performance Coach

The Performance Coach Award is an ideal programme for intrinsically driven, experienced coaches, who want to get better at coaching the paddlers they work with, and for those who seek recognition that their delivery meets enhanced levels of sophistication.

The learning journey is fluid and personalised to every coach who undertakes the programme. The key components of the award are the same but as an experienced coach, you will steer the direction and focus of your learning, in areas that are most relevant to you.

The Performance Coach Award will be available in 21 pathways, across all of our main disciplines and environments. 


Registration

If you already meet these prerequisites, register now using your Membership Portal or use the Registration Guidance button for further information.

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Check it's for you

If you are interested in the Performance Coach programme, your first step would be to arrange a call with your National Association. This will help you assess the programme’s suitability for your specific learning needs and allow you to check that it will provide the learning opportunities you seek. 

Registration

Coaches pursuing the Performance Coach Award will need to register directly with British Canoeing or their respective National Association.

To register for the Performance Coach Award programme, you need to hold a discipline specific coaching qualification in the same discipline and environment that you wish to pursue. Minimum British Canoeing (UKCC) Level 2, or BCU Level 3.

The following options are suitable:

  • The corresponding Coach Award;
  • The corresponding Moderate Water Endorsement or BCU Level 3 Coach;
  • The corresponding Advanced Water Endorsement or BCU Level 5 Coach.

Accredited Prior Learning

If your coaching practice has been verified through alternative means, you can apply to your National Association for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). The APL service will consider other nationally recognised, professional awards and other training and assessment schemes, other than its own, where they are identifiable as being of equal or higher standard. Further details are available from National Association Delivery Centre websites.

Registration and Mentoring (covering all registration costs and the 3 mentored sessions) = £135.

Expand The Learning Journey

The learning journey is fluid and personalised to every coach who undertakes the programme. The key components of the award are the same but, as an experienced coach, you will steer the direction and focus of your learning in areas that are most relevant to you. The journey can be personalised every step of the way. By understanding the capabilities and skills you arrive with, you decide the skills, knowledge and experience you want to learn and develop.

To find out more, please view the Course Guide on the Awarding Body website.

Follow the links below to find out more about the key components of the award.

Coach Self-Analysis Tool

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The Coach Self-Analysis Tool which will aid you in identifying specific areas of development, helping you to plan your own unique learning journey. Based on your responses you will also be signposted to appropriate resources to support your learning and development. 

How to choose a Coach Developer and get the best from the sessions

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What is a Coach Developer?

Coach Developers can have a variety of roles and support your development in many ways. Observing your practice, giving feedback, stimulating discussion or supporting your technical understanding are just a few of the roles they could play.

Coach Developers are usually subject experts who can support and challenge you to embrace long-term learning and development.

How do I find a Coach Developer?

As part of your Performance Coach journey you will select a mentor to support you through the 3 mentor sessions. Your mentor will be well connected in the paddlesport community and will likely be a good source of possible Coach Developer contacts. 

Your National Association can also help and we have various finder tools on our website that help you find qualified Coaches, Guides, Mentors and Providers.

Use your existing network, coaches you know from your club, organisation or from other sports or settings.

Social media - for example you could update your linkedin profile to state you are undertaking the British Canoeing Performance Coach Qualification and you are looking for coaches to work with.

We would encourage you to consider your Coach Developer carefully. Although they may be subject experts, they may not have supported a coach through the Performance Coach programme before. British Canoeing has produced a free eLearning course to support Coach Developers, to help them understand their role.

What is a Coach Developer Touch Point?

As part of your Performance Coach journey you will be required to complete at least two ‘touch points’ with a Coach Developer prior to assessment, although you can choose to arrange as many of these as you wish.

A touch point will typically take place during a normal coaching session with your learners. You may choose to meet your Coach Developer before the session and spend time with them after, exploring how the session went, how you progressed against your objective for the session. These sessions could take place remotely (web meeting) if, for example, you discuss the tactical aspects of your coaching with learners. 

Do I need to pay them?

You will fund these Coach Developer interactions in agreement with them; they are not included within the Registration Fee. We recommend you clarify this up front before any interactions take place.  

Can my Mentor also be my Coach Developer?

This is entirely up to you to decide. There will be benefits in separating the two roles to get a variety of input and experience and keep a clearer distinction between the two roles. 

How to choose a Mentor and get the best from your sessions

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How to choose a Mentor and get the best from your sessions

What is a Mentor?

Your Mentor plays a key role in your development to becoming a Performance Coach.

They will be a critical friend, providing support and challenge.

Your Mentor will also conduct your pre-assessment mentoring session, listen to your coaching philosophy presentation and conduct the professional discussion to ensure you have considered your pre-assessment preparations appropriately. 

How do I find a Mentor? 

As part of your Performance Coach journey you will select a mentor to support you through a minimum of 3 mentored sessions.

The start point for your mentoring sessions are to register with your National Association and pay the registration fee.

You will then receive a list of available mentors; we encourage you to consider your Mentor carefully. You could choose a mentor who knows you or is involved in coaching an area of paddlesport that you're familiar with (or your chosen discipline for Performance Coach). However, you could also choose someone different to you, who doesn’t know you or your chosen discipline which would create a different feel to the session, potentially increasing your reach into the sport or accessing different communities of practice.

Do I need to pay them? 

Your registration funds three sessions in an online format, one of the funded sessions must be your pre-assessment session which must be online as it is recorded and passed to your assessor.

If you and your mentor agree to meet face to face you will need to agree how the additional cost of meeting is covered between you.

Can I have more than 3 sessions?

Yes you can, however these sessions will need to be agreed with your National Association and each session will cost £50 (payable to your National Association) – sessions must be pre-paid for and arranged in advance.

Can my Mentor also be my Coach Developer?

This is entirely up to you to decide. There will be benefits in separating the two roles to get a variety of input and experience and keep a clearer distinction between the two roles. 

Expand Community of Learning Events

Our Community of Learning Events are opportunities to explore Performance Coaching and how this relates to ‘Who’, ‘What’ and ‘How’ you coach. The events will give you a chance to interact with other highly skilled coaches from a range of disciplines to explore, develop and refine your thinking about your coaching practices.

Your peers and the facilitators will both support and challenge you during this event to feed your curiosity; stimulating you to explore and stretch new ideas in your coaching, whilst also helping you refine your existing practices.

For further details, including the prerequisites, course programme and booking information, please follow the links below -

Each Community of Learning event takes place over two days, includes meals and accommodation and costs £300. 

 

Please note, these events will only run in line with Government Guidelines. 

Expand Assessment & Certification

To achieve your Performance Coach Award qualification you need to successfully complete a practical assessment focused on your coaching skills.

Assessment Check-In

Prior to your assessment you are required to have completed an Assessment Check In, giving you approval to proceed to assessment. This requires you to have: 

  • Attended at least one community of learning event;
  • Completed at least two online mentor sessions;
  • Engaged in at least two ‘touch points’ with a Coach Developer;
  • The required evidence from the pre-assessment mentor session, including;
  • Valid National Association Coach Update Status, including:

Once the Check In process has been completed, you will work together with your National Association to set up your practical coaching assessment.

Practical Coaching Assessment

You are required to organise, plan and deliver a minimum of 3-hours’ quality coaching for a least two learners. The learners should be typical of the people you normally coach, and suitable for coaching in the stated award environments.

The 3-hours’ quality coaching should be organised to suit the needs of the learners; it could be through separate (linked) practice-based sessions, multiple smaller sessions, or one long session.

During the practical assessment you have responsibility for athletes’/learners’ safety, enjoyment and learning. You are responsible for gathering information about the athlete/learner needs, the environment and any safety-related matters, and using this information to ensure your session content and delivery meets the needs and motivations of the athletes/learners.

Evidence will, in the main, be gathered by your Assessor from observation of performance. This will be supplemented by questioning and discussion before, in-between and after the observed sessions.

During the assessment you are required to show that you have the skills, background knowledge and understanding to use sophisticated coaching practices to enhance and optimise participants’ and groups of participants’ long-term development and wellbeing.

Further information

The ‘Performance Coach Assessment Guidance’ provides full information regarding the standards and further details regarding the assessment. This is available to download from the Awarding Body website

Certification

Upon successful completion of the assessment, the Assessor will recommend you for certification. 

Registration

If you already meet these prerequisites, register now using your Membership Portal or use the Registration Guidance button for further information.