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Course Length
Pre-Course: 2 Hours
Face-to-Face: 8 Hours
Post-Course: 2 Hours



Successful participants are eligible to attend the Level 2 Intermediate Club Coach, Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach, and IAAF Kids' Athletics courses. 

Level 1 Course Synopsis PDF


Course Statement

The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach focuses on developing the coach’s human management skills and understanding of physical literacy and how it can be improved based on the ‘Teaching Games for Understanding’ model of sports development. This model is supported by peer-reviewed research (Light, 2002; McKeen, Webb & Pearson, 2005; Butler, 2006; Cote, Murphy-Mills & Abernethy, 2007; Evans, 2010; Balakrishnan, Rengasamy & Aman, 2011; Hands, 2012; Holfelder & Schott, 2014) and the Australian Sports Commission under the ‘Game Sense Approach’ label. 

This course instructs coaches how to follow the Teaching Games for Understanding model, especially its athlete-centred pedagogy, and introduces the most critical components of developing physical literacy in beginning athletes to prepare them for future Track and Field success, which must be understood before event-specific coaching can be developed. 

Course Accreditation

The Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course is certified by Athletics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission's National Coach Accreditation Scheme. All successful participants are eligible to be nationally accredited as a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach. 

Expected Competencies

At the completion of the course it is expected that coaches will be able to satisfy the following criteria:

1-CAC-1: Provide an environment for a variety of participants that is inclusive, enjoyable, safe, and involves maximum participation. 

1-CAC-2: Cater for the social and physical capabilities of individual participants.

1-CAC-3: Assess and manage the risks associated with athletics coaching.

1-CAC-4: Plan and organize a variety of activities that develop the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, and throwing.

1-CAC-5: Plan and implement an appropriate training session.

1-CAC-6: Reflect on a training session and be able to make appropriate modifications.

1-CAC-7: Be introduced to effective communication methods and begin practising effective and positive feedback. 

1-CAC-8: Understand the structure of athletics in Australia so as to best support athletes' involvement in the sport. 

1-CAC-9: Understand the Accredited Athletics Coach Framework within Australia. 

1-CAC-10: Adhere to the requirements of the Accredited Athletics Coach, including registration, member protection, and codes of conduct. 

Pre-course Work

All participants are required to complete the following modules prior to attending the Level 1 Community Athletics Coach course:

- Community Coaching General Principles

- Play by the Rules - Child Protection Module


Post-course Assessment Tasks

After completing the face to face component of the course, all participants are required to successfully complete the following requirements prior to receiving their coaching accreditation.

- Session Planning Assignment

- Self Reflection


Course Resources

- Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Course Book

- Run, Jump, Throw - Games and Drills Demonstration Videos

- Athletics Fundamentals Videos

- Athletics Play Manual

- Playing for Life Resources

- Disability Education Program Activity Cards

- Games for Young Athletes

- Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Online Lecture Series

Required Reading

- Strategies to Prevent Dropout from Youth Athletics

- Youth Sport: Positive and Negative Impact on Young Athletes

- More Than Just Training: The Coach/Athlete Relationship

- Resistance Training for Children and Youths: A Position Stand

Program Curriculum

- Introduction to Training Beginner Athletes

- Long Term Athlete Participation

- Fundamental Skills and the Coach in Action

- Warm Ups

- Run, Jump, and Throw

- Session Planning

- Working Together

- Coaching and Athlete Pathways


Registration for this course is available online by visiting the Course Calendar or by emailing Athletics Australia for more information. 


At the successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded Level 1 Community Athletics Coaching accreditation and membership with their Member Association. Click here for more information. 

Level 1 Community Athletics Coaches are expected to be able to assist at an athletics club, school, or running group working under the direction of a senior coach. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

For those who believe they may have achieved the competencies of a Level 1 Community Athletics Coach and would like to apply for recognition of prior learning please contact the Coach Accreditation Administrator

RPL Level 1 Community Athletics Coach Registration


Athletics Australia
Athletics House
Level 2, 31 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park  VIC 3206

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