Minimum Standards for Deployment

Minimum Standards of Deployment

All coaches need to have certain knowledge and skills in order to coach safely and effectively and be able to help children, players and athletes at all stages of their development. The knowledge and skills a coach needs to have/develop depends on:

  • Their role (e.g.) coach/assistant coach
  • Who they are working with (children, young people, adults)
  • At what level they are working at (e.g participation/playing sport, to helping someone perform at an elite level)
  • What environment they are working in (e.g. community setting or in a school)

The recommended Core standards that apply to all coaches are:

  • agreed minimum age
  • appropriate qualification
  • relevant insurance cover
  • enhanced CRB or Scottish disclosure check
  • commitment to: a coaches code of conduct, equality, participant welfare, and health and safety.  SCUK Coach Code of Conduct info

sports coach UK & North Yorkshire Sport recommends that coaches continue to undertake the following current courses (or their NGB equivalents):

  • Safeguarding & Protecting Children
  • Equity in Your Coaching
  • How to Coach Disabled People

First Aid: The requirement for an up to date First Aid certificate is not currently included in recommended Minimum Standards. However, First Aid is a requirement for many National Governing Body coaching awards and coaches should check with the relevant National Governing Body to confirm the requirements for their sport(s). Other organisations employing and deploying may also require this as additional training, but it will depend on the activity and setting in which the coaching is to takes place.  North Yorkshire Sport works in partnership with First Rescue Training to deliver First Aid workshops to Clubs & Coaches. 

First Aid Guidance for Sports Clubs & Coaches in North Yorkshire

North Yorkshire Sport works closely with Private Providers of Coaching in Schools - the following guidance is for Schools and Coaching Providers:

North Yorkshire Guidance on the delivery of Sports Coaching in Schools

Best Practice Guidelines for Coaching Children and Young People’s Activities

Work is being done nationally to agree coach development pathways, and identify minimum standards for deployment, including safeguarding requirements. We support this in North Yorkshire and are working with our partners to develop the understanding in implementation of minimum standards of deployment for coaches across North Yorkshire.

Minimum Standards for Deployment July 2011

More information on this work will follow as it develops.

The link below will give you the latest info regarding Minimum Standards of Deployment:

Minimum Standards of Deployment Final Guidance Oct 11

North Yorkshire Sport supports a variety of professional courses to help coaches gain some of the knowledge they need in their coaching/club administrator roles. Many of the courses on offer cover "good practice" topics, such as 'Safeguarding & Protecting Children' and 'Equity in Your Coaching'.  Clubs who are working towards or maintaining a Clubmark or NGB accreditation for their club must have club personnel who have attended some of these courses. Please see our Coach Education page for further info.


Safeguarding in Sport

For more information on Safeguarding in Sport, including example policies and procedures, sources of further advice, and who to contact if you have a concern, we have a Safeguarding section on the North Yorkshire Sport website Please click here for info

Vetting and Barring Information

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 has introduced a number of changes to how those who coach children and adults at risk are vetted.
Whilst some changes are already in place, others are awaiting further clarification before coming into effect in 2013 or 2014. The most significat changes that will have an effect are: 
  • New definition of 'regulated activity'
  • Legal requirement to check the 'barred lists' for people in some roles
  • Single disclosures being sent to individuals only
  • Possibility of continuous updating of disclosures
On December 1st 2012, the CRB merges with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This will lead to a number of changes in terminology such as an 'enhanced CRB check' becoming known as a 'enhanced DBS check'.
Please note that it is still a legal requirement to refer an individual to be considered for 'barring' if they have been removed from regulated activity because they have caused harm or because they may cause harm to a child or an adult at risk. 
More information on the upcoming changes can be found on the Sport and Recreation website or



Sport England Guidance on Insurance for Sports Coaches 

Contact North Yorkshire Sport on 01423-813039 or using the contact us page

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