Coach Education

Coaching Hockey is a rewarding and inspiring experience.
As a coach, you could work with players at all levels of skill and experience, from juniors right up to senior level. Coaches make a real difference to the game and to the players you work with.

You don't need to be a skilled player to be a great coach. An enthusiasm for teaching and a passion for the game are much more important!

Good coaches are vital to the success and development of hockey in the Borders. That's why we follow Scottish Hockey’s coaching infrastructure to identify, develop and train our coaches.
Funding is available for all coaching qualifications.  Sign up for funding through

Step 1 : Leaders Course

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

The Leaders Course is a six hour practical course that will give you the very basic coaching fundamentals.
(Please contact the Hockey development team to attend a course in the Borders)


Step 2 : 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
(Please contact the Hockey development team to attend a course in the Borders.  These are courses are run annually in the Borders around May/June)


Step 3 : UKCC Level 2 Coaching Qualification

For Level 1 qualified coaches, you can start working towards your UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 2 qualification:
Ideal for those wishing to work towards becoming a club coach
Anyone over 18 years old can qualify
Duration is approx. 4 days
Increases your depth of hockey skills' knowledge
Introduces the tactical elements of hockey - attacking, defending, set-pieces
Provided with a copy of NAC Analysis Software
Cost: £400 for Scottish Hockey members; £450 for non-members
Participants must also complete a First Aid qualification and a sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children Workshop.
(Level 2 courses are run centrally by Scottish Hockey  UKCC Level 2 Coaching Course  follow the link to find out more.)

Do you love Hockey?  Would you like to become an umpire?
League, school and cup competitions offer you the opportunity to work as an official with a wide variety of hockey players at youth and senior levels in Borders
If you are interested in umpiring, Scottish Hockey provide Umpire Qualifications that will enable you to officiate at matches and in competitions.
All potential and current officials should familiarise themselves with the rules and competition byelaws governing hockey in Scotland. 
The first step is to attend a ‘Craft night.
A ‘Craft night’ is the first step in gaining the theory aspect of umpiring.  On successful completion of the theory, you will be assessed umpiring a game which suits you. Those attending a craft night should have read the rules and have completed a theory test which they should bring with them. 
(Please contact the Borders Hockey Development team to attend a ‘Craft night’ in the Borders