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Coach education & courses

Coach education

Emergency First Aid at Work delivered at Borders College, Galashiels. This course has a six hour delivery time so expect to stay the whole day. This course follows the HSE approved criteria for dealing with injury and illness at a sports club or at work.

The role of the coach at all levels of sport is crucial, regardless of what age and stage you coach. Coaches and volunteers play a vital role in community sport across the Scottish Borders. Without the time, energy and commitment of dedicated coaches and volunteers, many clubs and coaching sessions would not be able to run.

For sport, specific courses please contact Mark Forsyth:

The courses that we currently offer are:

Emergency First Aid at Work

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This is a six-hour course which enables participants to practice basic first aid. Whether its applying a bandage, dealing with fractures to administering CPR – knowing first aid could save someones’ life. On completion of the course you will receive a Health & Safety (HSE) certificate valid for 3 years.

This qualification is level on the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF) at level 5, 1 credit.

This course will be delivered within one full day or two weekday evenings to meet the needs of your schedule. Please check out the dates for this year to ensure you don’t miss out on our courses.

Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport

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This workshop aims to increase awareness of safeguarding and protecting children, helping coaches to recognise signs of abuse and poor practice, and deal sensitively and effectively with issues that arise. It also prompts a review of coaching practice to ensure that sport provides a positive and enriching experience for children. The course is targeted at all practitioners working with under 18 participants; coaches and volunteers working directly with children and young people.

This new course offers a blended learning approach of an online module (module 1) which is theory based followed by a face-to-face learning intervention (module 2). This online module (module 1) must be completed prior to the course. On completion of both module 1 and 2  you will receive a sports coach UK certificate of attendance. This workshop is a ‘Minimum Standards for Active Coaches’ requirement for many governing bodies of sport.

sportscotland has recently developed a new registration and certification process using a virtual learning environment – ‘Brightspace.’

When you book onto a CWPS course through your course organiser you will then be given access to Brightspace. This is where you will complete module 1. When using Brightspace this can only be accessed on Chrome/Safari/Firefox/Edge browsers. Internet explorer or Legacy edge browsers are no longer supported.


Once a learner has completed module 1, attended module 2 and completed module 2 quiz, their certificate will be released and available on their Brightspace homepage.

Please note the minimum age to attend is 16 years.

Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer Training

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This three hour workshop supports clubs to put child protection policies into practice. It is most suitable for those acting as a Club Child Protection Officer but is also relevant for those responsible for managing or organising the club. This workshop is a requirement for clubs looking to achieve Live Borders Club Accreditation.

Coaching and volunteering.

Volunteering can be a rewarding activity which helps you to meet new people and take on new challenges through roles such as coaching or administration.

Without volunteers, many people would not have access to sports and physical activates, they are an integral part of sport in the Borders.

If you interested on becoming a volunteer with sports clubs or with Live Borders or if you are a club looking for more information on recruiting and sustain volunteers please get in contact with our Club Development Officer Mark Forsyth

Coaching Scholarship

The Coach Scholarship Scheme offers financial support to coaches/officials within the Scottish Borders. It has been introduced to encourage new people to get involved in coaching and officiating, as well as motivating existing coaches to progress their careers by awarding financial support. Please see coaching Scholarship or for further information contact our Club Development Officer Mark Forsyth –