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Course Length: 2 Hours Pre-Course Work + 7 Hours Face-to-Face (Practical and Theory) 

Locations: Australia-wide

Pre-requisites: None

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

Course Statement

The 'Level 1 Recreational Run Leader' Course introduces how to lead a recreational run group under the guidance of a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach or higher. In the course, participants learn the fundamental skills of running and how to design the warm up and cool down components of a session. 

Topics include the introduction to training runners, encouraging long-term participation, design of warm-up and cool down, fundamental skills of run, run training elements and how to successfully lead run groups.


Course Accreditation

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

Expected Competencies

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

1-RRL-1: Provide an environment for a recreational runner that is inclusive, enjoyable, safe and fosters maximum participation. 

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

1-RRL-3: Assess and manage the risks associated with run leading.

1-RRL-4: Observe and understand the fundamental movement skills of running.

1-RRL-5: Plan and implement a warm up and cool down, and implement a training session.

1-RRL-6: Demonstrate the key principles of effective communication methods and begin practising effective and positive feedback.

1-RRL-7: Understand the structure of athletics in Australia so as to best support runner's involvement in the sport. 

1-RRL-8: Understand the Accredited Athletics Coach Framework within Australia. 

1-RRL-9Adhere 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 Community Coaching General Principles Online Course and PBTR Child Protection Module prior to attending the face-to-face component of the course. 

Course Resources

Level 1 Recreational Run Leader Participant's Manual


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

Program Curriculum

- Coaching to Enhance the Learning of Beginners

- Long Term Participation

- The Fundamental Skills of Coaching

- Run Training Elements - Endurance, Speed, Strength and Absorption

- Run Leader in Action

- Communication Skills


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

Level 1 Recreational Run Leaders are expected to be able to assist within a running group under the guidance of a Level 2 Intermediate Recreational Running Coach or higher. 

Recognition of Prior Learning

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

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

P +61 3 8646 4550
F +61 3 8646 4560