Become part of our coaching team at Kingfisher

 We are justifiably proud of our reputation for coaching and player development.  As one of Berkshire’s Premier Clubs, we continually look to increase the base of new players entering the sport and, hopefully in the future, representing us competitively.  This year (2012/13 season) we have 39 junior members and a further 44 junior guests, the majority of whom attend coaching on a regular basis.  As a result, we need to increase the size of our coaching team with both volunteers and new Licensed Coaches.


What's in it for you?

Being involved in coaching is extremely satisfying - it benefits you, the players you assist and the club as a whole.

Whether an experienced player, a parent or family member with no previous playing experience, you could become a coaching volunteer and assist in our coaching sessions.  Working under the control of a Licensed Coach, you will be playing your part in helping new players to develop and improve their skills.   Your contribution could be raising funds, looking after equipment, managing player registration, demonstrating basic strokes, feeding in training exercises, delivering multiball or using the robot for training.

As a UKCC Level 1 licenced coach you will learn how to plan and deliver coaching activities, you will understand the different techniques and learning points that underpin basic strokes and develop your communication and analytic skills. The process will also show you how to assess health and safety risks, understand the importance of child protection and how to identify improvement opportunities, both in your own game and in others.

Seeing players develop as the result of your input is one of the most satisfying experiences you can gain in the sport.

How the club can help you 

We will assist you in developing your coaching skills for the UKCC Level 1 qualification. Working with other coaches and focussing on footwork, timing and movement, you will be advised on the key learning points associated with all the basic strokes. Within our coaching structure, you will be encouraged to practise your skills in the planning and delivery of sessions to beginners and intermediate players in small groups.

We will make a significant contribution towards the costs of becoming an ETTA Licenced Coach. We will reimburse the cost of CRB Checks, currently renewable every 3 years and mandatory for all volunteers and coaches working with young and vulnerable people.

Kingfisher members are entitled to a £30 discount from the £190 cost of booking a UKCC Level 1 course.  Furthermore on becoming an ETTA Licensed Coach (at UKCC Level 1 or 2), and having delivered 10 coaching sessions at the club, we will credit you with £100 against your next annual membership.

What next?

To understand more about Kingfisher’s coaching activities, for information about the ETTA coach education scheme and UKCC qualifications, or to register your interest in becoming part of the coaching team, please contact Nick Heaps (, tel. 0790 969 1965)

The ETTA runs courses for UKCC Level 1 qualification throughout the country; these involve attendance on 3 days.  The next UKCC Level 1 course runs on 9th March, 16th March and 11th May 2013 at Cippenham, Slough.  Dates, venues and application forms are available through the ETTA website at

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