Level 1 Coach

If you are a club archer or active volunteer who is enthusiastic about introducing new people to the sport and helping them to improve, then the Level 1 Award in Coaching Archery will give you all the skills, experience and resources that you need.

About the course

Archery GB’s Level 1 coaching course is a 1st4sport qualification.  1st4sport Qualifications is an awarding body recognised and regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and created with the aim of offering vocational qualifications in the areas of sport and recreation.

The minimum age for a learner is 15 at Day 1 of the course.

The Level 1 course will help you to learn how to deliver both single coaching sessions and a 6-week beginners’ course.

It consists of 3 days of tuition plus 1 assessment day, delivered over a 12-week period.
Between day 2 and assessment, you will also complete 12 hours of practical coaching, for example at your club.  This is where you will start to put into practice the skills you are learning, coaching new archers and recording your activity as part of a course portfolio.

When carrying out your supported practice sessions away from the course, learners who are under the age of 18 must be supervised by a responsible supervisor.

These are some of the skills you will learn on the course:

  • Principles of coaching
  • How to plan a safe environment for coaching activities
  • How to plan and lead a coaching session
  • How to support participants’ performance
  • How to evaluate coaching activity

How much will it cost?

The individual course fee is set by the course organiser, as a guide this is usually from £250 to £275. This covers use of venue, your course manual, tuition, assessment, certificate and coach badge. It does not cover your travel to and from the venue, or any accommodation or meals.

Find your nearest course using the course finder below.

Level 1 courses taking place across the UK and open for bookings can be found below.  Courses are set up on a local basis, and the venue is typically an archery club, sports centre or school.  If you hover over the map pin, you will see the name and e-mail contact address of the course organiser.  To book your place on a course simply download and complete the Learner Application Form below, and return it to the course organiser.  The course organiser is responsible for collecting the course fee, so we advise you to contact them via the e-mail address supplied for advice on the preferred method of payment.

If you have a disability

If you have a disability or difficulty please read the Archery GB policy for Access to Reasonable Adjustment and Fair Assessment to find out how you can access specific arrangements and support during the tuition or assessment.

Further guidance

We’ve provided further guidance about the course in the below documents, which you can download for your personal reference.  These will give you full details about the terms of enrolment onto the course, the course content, and an outline guide to the timetable for each session.


All relevant documents are available to download below.





Code of Conduct – Coaches, Judges and Officials
Handy Guide Coaching Awards Guidance for Learners

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