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Course description

This course is for those that wish to become a Coaching Assistant in basketball. This course has been developed to provide learners with the confidence to deliver safe, fun and inclusive basketball sessions under the supervision of an independent coach.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the Coach Assistant
  • Identify how to create a great participant experience in Basketball
  • Identify the basic principles of the game
  • Identify the core skills needed to play the game
  • Develop ideas on how to deliver safe, fun and relevant games
  • Have confidence to deliver to small groups

Who is the course for?

Individuals who usually attend this course are:

  • Aspiring coaches
  • Parent helpers
  • Coaches in other sports
  • Physical activity leaders
  • Students

It may also be suitable for Teaching Assistants or Teachers along with ex-players who have no coaching experience. Teaching Assistants and Teachers may wish to access the Introduction to Teaching Basketball Primary or Secondary when these are available.

What’s the value of this course?

This course is ideal for learners who are seeking voluntary or paid roles as an assistant basketball coach.

The knowledge and skills gained on this course can be used by coaches who coach in a range of environments (i.e. community, in curriculum and out of curriculum, further and higher education, leisure)

Learner eligibility

Learners must:

  • Be at least 14 years of age
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

It is recommended that learners have access to a mentor to support their development as a Coach Assistant. It is advised that the mentor is a recognised independent coach or qualified teacher.

To access the online content, learners will be required to:

  • Have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet
  • Have good internet access
  • Have access to an environment with limited distractions, conductive to learning

If you have any additional learning needs, please let us know when registering, so we can support you.

Format / duration

The course has an accessible learning format consisting of:

  • E-learning (approximately 3 hours)
  • Virtual classroom (2 hours)
  • Face to face learning (4 hours)

The usual format of the course is as follows:

Learners will be required to complete all elements in order to receive their certificate. Learners are usually given 2 weeks from the final contact day with the course tutor to complete their e-learning. Additional time can be requested under mitigating / special circumstances.

Please view the options courses at bottom of the page to understand availability and format.

All pre-course information and e-learning access is provided during the week prior to the course start date.

Progression opportunities

This course can lead to further learning or training in the area of coaching basketball and/or other sport specific courses.

Register Interest

We use the register of interest to determine demand for this course and support the organisation of future courses.  If there is not a course currently available that suits your availability, please register your interest to be contacted as soon as new course dates are available.

Your payment details are not required. You will be asked to complete your 'booking' details but this will simply be to register your interest and not book onto a course.

Basketball England Member Discount

If you’re a Basketball England Licenced Member, you will have access to a permanent discount code for 10% off courses as part of your member benefits package. Simply add your discount code when entering your booking details. You can access your discount code by logging into the Basketball England Membership Portal and going to the benefits section. If you can’t find this or are still unsure, please contact

If you’re a Basketball England Free Member, you may have received a special offer with a discount code for 10% off courses for a limited time only. Simply add your discount code when entering your booking details. These are issued in the Member Newsletters.

If you’re not a Basketball England Member, you can purchase a licence now to access your 10% off discount code or sign up for FREE and keep an eye out for special offers on courses. Course discounts are just one of the benefits members receive, so click here to join Basketball England today.

Course Fees

The cost of the course is £99 per person for Basketball England Licenced Members, or £109 per person for non-members.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

Would you like further information?

Please refer to the FAQs document on the left hand side of the page or email us at

The course can also be delivered to specific groups such as universities, colleges etc. Please visit our course organiser page for further information.

Forthcoming courses

  • Birmingham: Virtual Classroom sessions: Friday 31st May 7-8pm & Thursday 6th June 7-8pm.
    Practical session: Saturday 1st June 10am-2pm. Venue: Doug Ellis Sports Centre. Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2TP

  • London: Virtual classroom sessions: Monday 27th May 7-8pm & Monday 3rd June 7-8pm.
    Practical session: Sunday 2nd June 11am-3pm. Venue: Crest Academy, Neasden, NW2 7SN

  • Cambridge: Classroom and practical sessions: Sunday 23rd June 10am-4pm. Venue: St. Bede's School, Birdwood Road, CB1 3TD

  • Southampton: Classroom and practical sessions: Saturday 13th July 10am-4pm. Venue: Brookfield Community School, Brook Lane, Sarisbury Green, SO31 7DU

  • Sheffield: Virtual classroom sessions: Wednesday 10th July 6-7pm & Wednesday 31st July 6-7pm.
    Practical session: Sunday 21st July 10am-2pm. Venue: Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, S5 6AE

  • London: Virtual classroom sessions: Monday 22nd July 7-8pm & Monday 29th July 7-8pm.
    Practical session: Sunday 28th July 11am-3pm. Venue: Crest Academy, Neasden, NW2 7SN

  • Birmingham: Virtual Classroom sessions: Thursday 8th August 6-7pm & Monday 12th August 6-7pm.
    Practical session: Sunday 11th August 11am-3pm. Venue: Doug Ellis Sports Centre. Perry Barr, Birmingham B42 2TP