This section aims to support clubs to effectively recruit great coaches, from those responsible for leading regular sessions to people wishing to help out or facilitate opportunities to play the game.
For more support on the recommended minimum standards for deployment, please see our new interactive Planning Safe Hockey guidance, in particular the Coach Delivery section which covers the areas below:
- Getting the right people
- Getting enough people
- What training people need
For recommended minimum standards in a school please click here.
For recommended minimum standards in a talent environment please click here.
In the Useful Documents section of this page, you will find our Club Coach Planner - a useful way of storing all your data in one place - as well as a How To Use The Club Coach Planner guide.
This tool helps Clubs understand the coaches they have now, and also help plan for coaches they may need in the future. It also helps clubs make decisions on coach recruitment, development and retention; taking in both junior and senior provision, for now and in the future.
The tool automatically populates a summary page of all the data you have entered to give an easy to view one page summary to help create a unique Action Plan for the workforce within your Club.
There are so many benefits to getting involved in coaching, which many people might not be aware of! From giving back to your community and sport, to having a positive influence on people’s involvement in sport and physical activity and even helping you to keep active!
From being on club committees, coaching, umpiring to co-ordinating and organising junior activity, it is volunteers that make hockey happen. In the inspiring video below, parent helpers and junior volunteers talk through why they love being part of the junior coaching team and why you do not need lots of prior hockey knowledge to deliver fun and engaging sessions.
When looking to recruit volunteers, one key aspect is being clear on what role you want the coach(es) to play, and as a result, what are the skills and qualities you will need them to have?
To help with this we recommend you reflect back on the 10 Qualities of a Great Coach, and consider which areas will make the biggest difference and impact on the group of players they'll be working with.
We have developed some example job descriptions for different roles, again we recommend you tweak and change these to meet the needs of the group of players.
Under the Useful Documents section on this page, you can find example job descriptions in our Coaching Recruitment Guidance document.
Also under Useful Documents is UK Coaching's Finding Coaches of the Future Guide. This is an interactive document including a mixture of guidance, hints, tips and examples linked to recruiting volunteers.
If you feel you need to look externally you can also advertise via our website.
Social media is also a great way to get information out about possible vacancies, and possibly reach new audiences that your website and email comms may not currently have. You can follow us via @coachandinspire
Yes, we have much more information available on our Self Employment Guidelines page
Here is a useful link from the BBC that also explains some of the many benefits of being involved in coaching. You may wish to share these videos around your club and hopefully encourage a few more people to put their hands up and get involved!