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Online Training

Online Training Resources

Training for CoachesMental HealthVolunteeringClub Matters WorkshopsEmployment Support aimed at people aged under 30Small Business Survival Toolkit

UK Coaching have a range of eLearning courses and webinars to equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to operate confidently and competently so that they can meet the wants, needs and dreams of the people they coach. Find an online classroom at a time that suits you, enrol on an eLearning course or listen to a webinar on-the-go. 

Current online courses include;

  • Coaching people with a visual impairment
  • Keeping deaf and disabled children safe in sport
  • How to coach: Plan, Do, Review
  • Inspiring positive behaviour in sport
  • Renewal: Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Mental health awareness for sport and physical activity
  • Understand, Connect, Thrive: Knowing Your People (Adapted from Coaching The Person in Front of You)
  • Understand, Connect, Thrive: Developing Your Practice (focussing on person centred coaching and differentiation of skills, drills and activities – using STEP and AIM)
  • Promoting Behaviour Change
  • Coaching Children Online Classroom
  • Coaching people with autism
  • How to attract new female participants

UK Coaching has also created a new Coaching Through Covid Hub, containing links to key resources, online learning opportunities and crucial advice to support you and help you achieve your goals during this time.  On the Hub, you can find:

  • official advice and guidelines
  • insurance advice
  • coaching resources and online courses
  • a vibrant and supportive coaching community
  • support for fitness professionals
  • exciting offers

For a limited time, you can also access the new Inclusive Activity Programme eLearning course for free! Kick-start your development in this area with this introductory module, delivered in partnership with Activity Alliance. You will learn about the basic principles of inclusion and understand the benefits of making activities inclusive and accessible for all. The module is interactive and flexible, so you can work through it at your own pace.

Why not also join the UK Coaching Connected Coaches network and access their forum and resource suite.

Introduction to Orienteering Course Available in eLearning
This course will support all Teachers and Assistants, Outdoor Centre Staff, Youth Leaders and Uniformed Group Leaders to understand what Orienteering is and how to introduce activity sessions in a fun and exciting way to young people. 

StreetGames training develops the workforce to activate change by building skills and knowledge in the areas of sport, physical activity, community safety, mental and physical well-being. We work with organisations to build on talent and develop new areas of expertise. We deliver training to staff, students, apprentices, volunteers, youth workers and young leaders.

The FA – have produced a number of online courses through their website which include leadership, mentoring as well as CPD courses. You need to register as an FA Fan to access the courses but this is free. You can do this here and start accessing the content.

The Open University – Exploring sport coaching and psychology. In this free course, Exploring sport coaching and psychology, you will explore the influence of coaching and psychology through the lens of sports people and teams who have been successful. You will focus on coaching practices used with young people and adults, including research and advice of leaders in their fields.

UK Coaching – Curious Coaches Club What are the things that separate good coaches from great coaches? Well, we know that one of those elements is curiosity; it is the urge you feel to know more about something. Alongside this is the knowledge that the more we learn and find out, the more we realise we don’t actually know as much as we thought! This is where the ‘Curious Coaches Club’ comes in!

Each week UK Coaching will be holding a conversation about a particular coaching topic that they know is important to coaches and one that many would like to learn more about. You see, we are all coaches as well and are fascinated by the process and art of coaching, helping people to learn and grow whilst using sport and activity as the vehicle to achieve this. Sometimes this might be helping another person get better at a specific technical or tactical outcome or it could be to support someone else to increase their confidence or communication skills.

The ‘Curious Coaches Club’ will have three parts to it:

  1. Watch ‘A Conversation About…’ between expert coaches live on a Monday or on-demand via UKCoaching.org or their You Tube channel.
  2. Engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday via smaller informal gatherings of coaches hosted by one of the UK Coaching team.
  3. Continue the conversation via the community aspect of ‘Connected Coaches’ hosted on their website.

CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) – have created a hub where they have brought together advice and guidance to support those working in the sector – click here to access.

How to stream exercise sessions online (Imim)

This guidance includes advice on moving your classes and sessions online, including a quick-start guide to live streaming fitness classes. With physical outlets currently closed, the digital world has opened a new way for people to exercise – it’s also a great way to maintain engagement with your participants or meet new ones. This imin guide outlines simple steps to get your classes online, as well as highlighting things to think about before, during and after your classes.


Become who you want to be with OpenClassrooms. Choose your own career path and earn a diploma online with hands-on projects and weekly one-on-one mentorship sessions with a dedicated professional in your field. Gain experience on your CV with OpenClassrooms apprenticeship programs and earn a salary while you learn.

It is understandable that this new normal that we find ourselves in is proving challenging for everyone and with this in mind, we are sharing with you a selection of helpful resources / services for children and young people which can be called upon to aid you through difficult times.

Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency have provided links to these key areas. You can find more courses on their web page here

  • Mental Health Awareness The training is designed to give a broad overview of what encompasses mental illness whilst highlighting the link between mental and physical health diagnoses. It also provides some simple guidance on how best to care for someone with mental health difficulties.

Mind – Mental Health Webinars to support clubs and organisations to better understand and support all members colleagues

UK Coaching have updated their Mental Health Awareness in Sport and Physical Activity+ Course which provides the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, and create a positive environment that ensures they enjoy the benefits of being active and keep coming back for more.



Courses delivered by Believe Perform;

Yoga Mike – a range of yoga and mindfulness videos which are specifically designed to be engaging and interactive for children

The Mix – a free and confidential service for young people aged 13 to 25 to support them with embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts. The Mix provides a range of services.

Youth Focus North East – Youth Focus North East is a regional hub connecting young people and the organisations and professional who support them.

Relate – is a counselling service with a network of centres and licensed local counsellors across the UK. Relate provides support services for young people and children.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic. The guidance includes:

  • Protecting your staff, volunteers and beneficiaries
  • Contingency planning and financial implications
  • Involving volunteers
  • Further information and resources

Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency – A variety of training available for volunteers of all sectors to tap in to. These are not specifically for sport but there are many transferable skills to be developed using this resource

FreeStaffTraining.co.uk offer a wide range of training courses online that can enhance your skills and transfer to a sports or physical activity setting. These courses cover a range of subjects from business and IT to Mental Health and event planning.


The Club Matters website has a dedicated coronavirus section that lists all the resources available and includes a detailed Q&A that explains the new regulations in more detail.  

Club Matters delivers workshops around these topics:

  • Planning for your future
  • Introduction to legal structures
  • Leadership Teams
  • Participant Experience
  • Volunteer experience
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Engaging your community

Currently in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Club Matters are delivering their workshops online.  For more information and to book places please click here.

We are very aware that some young people have been made redundant during the current Covid 19 problems. Others may be leaving school, college or university during the summer and could be confused about career options in the current climate.

The Tees Valley Pathways and Routeways Programmes form part of the Youth Employment Initiative. If you are aged 15 to 29 years old and either unemployed or not in education, employment or training (NEET) the programmes can help you progress into education, employment, training or self-employment by providing:

  • A range of innovative and interesting activities, courses and opportunities to support your child into work, education or further training;
  • Programmes using sport, creative arts, culture and outdoor activities to improve communication and personal skills;
  • Activities to build confidence and improve employability skills using both enterprise and self-employment;
  • A dedicated careers advisor who will provide personalised one to one support and independent advice and guidance;
  • Support through a Flexible Fund which may be able to pay for items such as travel expenses, clothing, equipment, tools and specialist training;
  • Routeways in partnership with employers in growth sectors such as Health & Social Care, Construction, Digital and Advanced Manufacturing.

For more information; phone 01429 401831, email YEI@hartlepool.gov.uk or you can refer yourself online through www.hartlepool.gov.uk/careersservice. The programmes are part-funded by the European Social Fund and supported under the Youth Employment Initiative.

With challenging times ahead as the country tackles the Coronavirus outbreak the Institute of Enterprise and Enterpreneurs is supporting as many businesses as possible to survive.  They have developed a toolkit of support and learning resources which are available free of charge for as long as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.  These resources provide guidance, support and online learning on how to keep operating through the current challenges and include Online Learning Modules, Business Templates and Videos.

Online Learning Modules

  • How to work from home
  • Diversifying your business
  • Social Media Essentials
  • Business Resilience Essentials
  • Practical and Legal
  • Thinking about money
  • Mentoring Essentials
  • Building your marketing plan
  • You, your business, your future
  • How to market your business
  • Accessing help and support in business

Business Templates

  • Business Model Canvas Template
  • Busines Plan Template
  • Financial Document Template
  • Marketing Plan Template
  • Marketing Action Plan
  • Marketing Plan Template
  • Competitor Analysis Template
  • PESTLE Analysis Template
  • Risk Register

Please click here to register to access the toolkit.

Legal Advice and Guidance

The Legal Panel framework has produced guidance on managing legal issues which may have arisen as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Legal Panel Framework is a group of 15 law firms which has been procured by Sport England, UK Sport, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland to provide specific rates and trusted legal services direct to organisations in the sport and recreation sector. Each of the 10 firms operating in England and Wales has created a free-to-access part of their website to focus specifically on coronavirus-related legal issues: Bates, Wells and Braithwaite, Bird and Bird, Brabners, Gateley Plc, Hewitson Moorhead, Hugh James, Mills and Reeve, Muckle, Shakespeare Martineau, Wright Hassall.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

The FSB, UK Active and Sport England has developed a hub of information to support small businesses through coronavirus, including a new ‘Looking after your health and wellbeing’ section created in partnership with us and ukactive with advice, resources and tips on how to keep your employees active and well during the pandemic and beyond.

Running your business and interpreting advice

Sport England in conjunction with UK Sport and BDO have developed a web hub with guidance on government support packages, tax, operational finance, business continuity, risk management, IT and cyber-security for use during the pandemic.

Sports Governance Academy

The academy is a governance support hub for the sports sector to help organisations to adapt governance processes to the challenges imposed by coronavirus.  The services are provided free to support, develop and connect people who work in, and have an interest in, the sector.

Making the most of social media

This guidance includes advice on how to stay in contact with your community during the coronavirus crisis using social media and inclusive communications. The social media guide gives advice on creating the perfect post and best practice when using social media to keep engaged with and support your community. The Activity Alliance also has a bank of fact sheets about producing inclusive and accessible communications.

Improving your discoverability on web searches

Google Ad Grants can help your organisation appear in google search results and give a big boost to people discovering your organisation and traffic to your website. It includes free advertising in Google search results up to a value of £7,500 per month.  You can sign up on the Ad Grants website, and further information can be found via this Ad Grant video and Ad Grant Activation Guide.

Developing your online presence

Advice on how to develop new digital skills across a range of social media platforms, including Google, Facebook and Instagram. Social media can provide a great way to grow an sustain an organisation. These guides from the Google Digital Garage, YouTube Creator Academy and Facebook Business Hub (including Instagram), give advice on developing new digital skills, setting up a YouTube channel, examples of best practice and tips on digital marketing to help you prepare for what comes next.

Get new skills for a digital world

Google’s online courses enable you to learn at your own pace, with flexible and personalised training courses designed to build your confidence and help you thrive. Topics include;

  • Seize the digital opportunity
  • Explore how websites work
  • Build a strong online strategy
  • Manage your time effectively
  • Create a long term social media plan
  • Learn how to export and expand your business internationally