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As part of our partnership with Basketball England, we have been supporting them with the development of their coaching offer during lockdown, specifically the Basketball England Level 2 coaching course and the 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Basketball.

Since March, we have been working collectively to develop online content and relevant resources to support coaches through a blended learning approach who wish to coach independently;

“We recognised early on the need and demand for coaches to engage in undertaking their level 2 training to gain their qualifications before the new season,” said Basketball England's Coaching Delivery Manager Brian Aldred.  

“In the current climate, we had to adapt and move away from traditional face-to-face delivery into a blended approach.  Working with our colleagues at Sport Structures, we effectively reorganised course delivery using  their online e-platform which has allowed us to service the needs of coaches, without losing any of the content and quality assurance of the qualification.”

To date, 62 coaches have started their level 2 coaching journey with a further 45 expected to start in the next month. Feedback has been positive:

“The organisation prior to starting the course was really good – the communication was really clear”

“The sessions have been interactive and I’ve enjoyed the virtual delivery”

“I’ve enjoyed the course so far. I’m looking forward to taking some of the elements forward and applying them to my practice”

We will continue to reflect and improve on the feedback received to ensure content and delivery is fit for purpose. The level 3 coaching course will also be available soon allowing more coaches to continue their development despite the lockdown.