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    November 20, 2020

Welsh Netball to Introduce New Coaching Standards

Welsh Netball is currently reviewing how its netball workforce operates. As a result, there will be some changes made to the minimum standard of deployment (qualification) required for head coaches in Wales.

Previously, to be insured to lead the majority of netball sessions, you needed to have had a UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification. Welsh Netball realises that obtaining a Level 2 qualification can be quite time-consuming and expensive if you do not have access Community Chest funding. We also recognise that there are some fantastic netball deliverers in Wales who have a lot of knowledge and experience, but may not hold the Level 2 qualification. Therefore after a period of consultation with key individuals in the coaching workforce we have produced a new set of standards that a coach must meet in order to deliver the relevant netball sessions. Please refer to the table below to identify that netball environment that you coach in and then look at the qualifications required. 

The new standards for coaching qualifications will become live and valid for insurance purposes on 1 December 2020. In addition, over the next six months, Welsh Netball will be launching supporting CPD for coaches and umpires in Wales. 

If you have any questions or need qualifications clarified please contact our Workforce Development Co-ordinator Sue Williams via email: sue.williams@walesnetball.com 

Welsh Netball will continue to deliver UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 coaching qualifications and is currently working on a part-virtual and part-practical delivery model for these qualifications.

Netball Environment Proposed Minimum Standard of Deployment for Head Coaches
Under 7s -Netball Tots Activity One of the following:
-Qualified Teacher (Primary or Secondary)
-UKCC Level 1 Coach -UKCC Level 2 Coach
-Qualified Play Worker
-Play Scheme/Programme Worker e.g. Girl Guiding Leader

  Additionally:
-Head Coach must have a valid DBS Check
-There must be a qualified First aider present
-There must be a safeguarding officer present or the coach must have completed an approved Safeguarding Workshop 
-Has completed or working towards completing the Netball Tots Orientation
Junior Competitive -School Netball -Junior Club Teams -Junior Regional Teams One of the following:
-Qualified Teacher (Primary or Secondary)
-18 Year old+ Qualified Netball Leader working towards their UKCC Level 1
-UKCC Level 1 Coach
-UKCC Level 2 Coach
-Sports Coaching Graduate who has completed the Essential Netball CPD Modules  

Additionally:
-Head Coach must have a valid DBS Check
-There must be a qualified First aider present
-There must be a safeguarding officer present or the coach must have completed an approved Safeguarding Workshop 
Adult Recreational Back to Netball -Walking Netball -Other Community Based Initiatives -Social Netball Leagues One of the following:
-Qualified Teacher or a related leadership role e.g. Personal Trainer/Physiotherapist
-18 year old+ Qualified Netball Leader
-UKCC Level 1 Coach
-UKCC Level 2 Coach  

Additionally:
-Head Coach must have a valid DBS Check if U18s or vulnerable adults are present
-There must be a qualified First aider on site – If U18s or vulnerable adults are present there must be a safeguarding officer present or the coach must have completed an approved Safeguarding Workshop 
-If delivering the Walking Netball programme the coach must have/be working towards completing the Walking Netball Activator Course
Adult Competitive -College Netball -University Netball -Senior Club Teams -Senior Regional/Representative Teams One of the following:
-Qualified Teacher (Secondary)
-UKCC Level 1 Coach -UKCC Level 2 Coach
-18+ years old Former (within the last 5 years) /Current International Netball Player that has completed the “Making Netball Safe” CPD Module
-All Players that are part of a coaching rota who have completed the “Coaching my peers” and “Making Netball Safe” CPD Modules  

Additionally:
-Head Coach must have a valid DBS Check if U18s or vulnerable adults are present -There must be a qualified First aider on site
-If U18s or vulnerable adults are present there must be a safeguarding officer present or the coach must have completed an approved Safeguarding Workshop   
Talent -WN Talent Centre -U17 National Squad -U21 National Squad -Junior Dragons Only:
-UKCC Level 2 Coach or Equivalent  

Additionally:
-Head Coach must have a valid DBS Check
-There must be a qualified First aider present
-There must be a safeguarding officer present or the coach must have completed an approved Safeguarding Workshop 
Performance Senior National Squad -Superleague Franchises Only:
-UKCC Level 2 Coach actively working towards a Level 3
-UKCC Level 3 or equivalent  

Additionally:
-Head Coach must have a valid DBS Check if U18s are present
-There must be a qualified First aider present  

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