If you want to help people who already shoot to learn how to train and take their archery to the next level, then the Level 2 Development Coach course deepens your understanding of coaching knowledge, attributes, and practices.
About the course
The course is designed to help coaches learn how to develop novice archers, including the design and delivery of an improver’s course, which is a popular way for archery clubs to continue to offer structured coaching to members beyond their initial beginner’s experience.
The course is structured into the following module titles.
1. Empowering Coaching for Archery
One of the biggest responsibilities that a coach has is setting the motivational climate for a coaching session. This module, designed by the University of Birmingham and tailored specifically to archery, explores the evidence around motivation and applies it to real life archery scenarios, enabling coaches to learn how they can create good relationships and an optimal climate for their archers to enjoy and succeed in archery.
2. Developing the Archer in Front of You
Designing a progressive series of sessions that addresses the needs of your archers, is essential for your archers to experience noticeable progress over a period of time. This module will help you understand how to prepare a coaching programme taking into consideration key design factors, including the needs of the person in front of you, goal setting, training principles, mental skills, equipment, anatomy, and nutrition.
3. Introduction to Technique
Every archer knows that learning good shooting technique early on sets you up for a happy and healthy experience of archery. From a coach’s perspective, understanding the basics of shooting form and teaching these to your beginners from the first session is really important. This module helps coaches to learn the simple steps to shooting and how to introduce this to new archers, based on their individual needs. It includes practical introduction on the use of drills and skills to improve the quality of practice.
4. Coaching Technique
This module introduces Archery GB’s Technical Framework, providing essential guidance for coaches to evaluate and develop improved shooting technique. It includes analysis and evaluation of technique using a new tool called the Technical Achievement Summary (developed by Lloyd Brown, former USA and GB Olympic Coach, and now Archery GB’s Coach Development Manager), action planning to improve technique, and practical experience of using drills and skills to improve the quality of practice.
5. Equipment Set Up (Recurve)
This module supports you to learn correct equipment selection, set-up and tuning of modern competition recurve bows, utilising high-speed video and practical application. (For the purpose of assessment, you choose to undertake either the Recurve or Compound assessment tasks).
6. Equipment Set Up (Compound)
This module supports you to learn correct equipment selection, sizing, set-up and tuning of compound bows, utilising high-speed video and practical application. (For the purpose of assessment, you choose to undertake either the Recurve or Compound assessment tasks).
7. Supported Practice and Coach Presentation
As much as we love the theory of coaching, we can only test ourselves by giving it a go with a real audience. This module provides you with the time to practice what you’ve learned from all of the other modules. We’re not expecting perfection, and this is all about learning. By picking a local mentor, someone you trust and can learn with, you will have the support you need on the ground. After some practice, coaches return for the final day of the course, ready to provide a sample coaching session using one of your archers, on the course.
The course includes a series of assessments, designed within a supportive programme of learning that helps you achieve successful outcomes.