Information and resources for coaches

This page is intended to provide coaches with a single point of access to a variety of information, templates and resources for different aspects of their coaching activity.   Updated 25 October to include excellent cards to promote post-session discussion.   Along with maps of mazes, these are available under "Resources for sessions".

25th Oct 16

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In some cases the links take you to a website beyond the SOA’s control;  we give the link in good faith but take no responsibility for non-SOA web content.  Further items will be added as required.

Coach Qualification & Licensing Scheme

Coach CPD

Session plans & other templates

Miscellaneous resources and background information

Ideas and resources for sessions


Recommended reading, some available for loan:

  • "Run Like an Athlete" by Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS.  Published by Lotus Publishing.  ISBN 978-1-905367-44-3.  As the cover says:  "provides you with the knowledge and tools to solve the problems that limit our performance and lead to injuries".  Intended for athletes themselves but excellent reading for coaches.

  • "Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning", edited by Thomas R Baechle and Roger W Earle, published by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, can be purchased from the UKSCA also available for loan from SOA - contact Hilary.  (SOA members only).

  • "Youth Strength Training" by Avery D Faigenbaum and Wayne L Westcott, published by Human Kinetics, can be purchased from the UKSCA, also available for loan from SOA - contact Hilary.  (SOA members only).  Includes "practical programs for kids ages 7 to 18 and of varying abilities".

  • "Healthy Intelligent Training:  the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard" by Keith Livingstone.  To quote one review:  "for all serious middle distance athletes and coaches.This book is based on the proven principles of Arthur Lydiard, the Runner's World Coach of the Century."

  • If you're reading around the topic of sports nutrition, check who's sponsoring the "research" - there's a lot of marketing hype especially around the topics of sports drinks and dietary supplements.

SOA Policy Documents and related items

Other useful websites

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by Hilary Quick