Next series of jog leader (LiRF) & coaching courses now open

Blended learning courses make it easier than ever to qualify as a jog leader or coaching assistant

Runners and joggers who’ve appreciated how much their clubs and groups have given them over the last year of lockdown now have a chance to give back – by becoming jog leaders and coaching assistant themselves.    

The next series of scottishathletics Leadership in Running Fitness/Jog Leader blended learning courses are now open. 

To earn their qualification participants will need to complete four modules at home – taking about an hour each – as well as a half-day practical session. 

The practical sessions will be held at Meadowmill Sports Centre, Tranent (28 March), Grangemouth Stadium (10 April), Aberdeen Sports Village (10 April), Motherwell (11 April) and Scotstoun Leisure Centre (25 April).

In addition to the core elements of the course, candidates will also be required to complete an online mental health awareness course from SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health). Safeguarding training will be provided either as a separate module, or on the day of the practical course.

Upon completion of both the at-home modules and the practical session, course participants will be qualified to set up their own jogscotland groups – when Covid-10 restrictions allow – or to become a leader with an existing jogscotland group.

In addition to the LiRF course, scottishathletics is also offering a blended learning version of its Coaching Assistant course, made up of four tutor-led online modules (28 February, 2 March, 4 March and 6 March) and a one-day practical session afterwards.

The dates for the practical sessions are currently Grangemouth Stadium (11 April), Aberdeen Sports Village (11 April), Ravenscraig, Motherwell (18 April), XCite Craigswood, Livingston (17 April TBC) and Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Glasgow (24 April). Meadowmill Sports Centre, Tranent (25 April),

Both the LiRF and coaching assistant courses will take place in consideration of current coronavirus restrictions. If the practical sessions need to be cancelled on the basis of guidance from the Scottish government or sportscotland, they will be rescheduled.

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