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Scottish Hockey has a strong commitment to coach education and inspiring more people to become a hockey coach.  As a coach, you'll be committed to learning and enthusiastic about helping hockey players to improve their performance.

To get started in coaching hockey, you need to think about coaching qualifications.

Leaders Course

For volunteers, senior school pupils, parents and teachers, we offer a short introduction to the basic skills in hockey.

Our Leaders Course is a six hour practical course that will give you the very basic coaching fundamentals.

The cost is £32 to attend and anyone over 14 years old can take part. Find out about a Leaders Course taking place on our coaching courses page.

The resource can be dowloaded here (3.9MB) when you attend the course and receive the password.


UKCC Level 1 Coaching Qualification

For potential and trainee coaches, the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 1 qualification will get you started:

  • Enables individuals to work towards becoming an Assistant Coach
  • Anyone over 16 years old can qualify
  • Duration is 2.5 days
  • Introduction to coaching theory and technical skills of hockey
  • Cost: £165 for Scottish Hockey members; £215 for non-members

Sign up to a UKCC Level 1 Coaching Course or contact us to find out more.

UKCC Level 2 Coaching Qualification

For Level 1 qualified coaches or those who can evidence prior learning, you can start working towards your UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 2 qualification:

  • Ideal for those wishing to work towards becoming a club/team coach
  • Anyone over 18 years old can qualify
  • Duration is approx. 4 days
  • Increases your depth of hockey skills' knowledge and tactical elements of hockey - attacking, defending, set-pieces
  • Challenges your use of the Golden Thread
  • Improves your delivery using observation, analysis and reflection
  • Provided with a copy of NAC Analysis Software
  • Cost: £420 for Scottish Hockey members; £470 for non-members
  • Participants must also complete a First Aid qualification and a sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop.

Sign up to a UKCC Level 2 Coaching Course or contact us to find out more.

Following the successful completion of all coaching courses, you will be awarded a formal qualification from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Advanced Coach Programme (replaced UKCC Level 3 Coaching Qualification)

This is based on a player centred and learning led approach to developing your coaching. Our coaches have told us that they like to learn through communities of practice, peer interaction, mentoring, observation (informal learning) and environment specific workshops.

Therefore we have developed this amazing two year coach development programme that will move coaches’ delivery from good to great and will support them to inspire more, better and happier players in their chosen coaching environment.

Coach Relicense Scheme

Under our Relicense Scheme, hockey coaches will be asked to re-validate their qualification every three years.

This ensures that coaches can remain 'active' coaches on the Scottish Hockey database. Information will be collected about the sessions delivered by coaches and coaching courses attended.

If you would like further information on coaching please contact us.