Organisation of Archery Coaching in Sussex

The Sussex County Archery Association aims to provide good levels of instruction and continuing archer development through the use of qualified certified Coaches. Almost every club affiliated to SCAA has at least one Coach and most provide Instruction for Beginners.

Archery Coaching in Sussex is directed and coordinated by the Martlets Guild

The Martlets is a Guild for Sussex Archery Coaches, looking after their interests and keeping them informed and up to date about coaching matters. It is represented by its administrator, the County Coaching Organiser (CCO) on the Sussex County Archery Association committee.

If you would like to know more, please contact the County Coaching Officer, or any other coach

There are several Grades of Coach qualified to deliver training and mentoring ranging from basic beginner instruction to international elite training.

The Archery GB Instructor (previously the GNAS Leader) grade is intended for non-archers wishing only to teach (not coach) archery at leisure centres, schools or youth organisations, etc.
It is not part of the Archery GB coaching structure

The first coaching grade is Level 1, which consists of 3 days of training plus 12 hours of supported practice ending with a 1 day assessment.

The next grade is Level 2 and consists of 6 days of training plus a minimum of 14 hours homework and 24 hours of supported practice followed by an assessment which should take about 2½ hours.

County Coach is the next level that you can aspire to and should have a minimum of 8 days training followed by a weekend assessment.

The top grade is Senior Coach; this course is delivered from a central location and requires attendance at various training weekends over a period of 18 months.

All grades have to keep a comprehensive “Work Record” which has to be provided to the renewal panel when your coaching licence becomes due for renewal every 3 years.

All coaches are required to attend a recognised course for the protection of children and vulnerable adults and must submit themselves to an enhanced level of DBS (formerly CRB) check every three years.

All coaches, apart from Level 1, must undergo Continual Professional Development (CPD) by attending workshops, conferences, working with other sports professionals etc., and there is a matrix available which outlines what you can get CPD “points” for and how many.

All coaches, apart from Level 1, must undergo Continual Professional Development (CPD) to improve their coaching skills and keep up-to-date by attending workshops, conferences, working with other sports professionals etc., and there is a matrix available which outlines what you can get CPD “points” for and how many.
Level 1 coaches who do want to progress to Level 2 should try to get a reasonable amount of CPD points before joining a Level 2 course.  Points can be achieved by attending workshops, conferences, working with other sports professionals & higher level Coaches, etc., and there is a matrix available which outlines what you can get CPD “points” for and how many.  A Level 2 Coach must attain at least 15 points in each 3 year period, a County Coach 20 points and Senior Coaches 25 points.

You will see there is a lot of work involved in attaining and retaining coaching status, paid for (usually) by the coaches themselves. Some (not all) give their time for free, or for reimbursement of expenses. What they ask in return is that you take them seriously. None want to waste time on people who don’t want their help. Many coaches have insurance through Sports Coach UK.

If coaches sometimes appear to be a bit over-cautious in offering their services, it is because it is difficult to detect the difference between those who are too shy to ask and those who need but don’t want help. As a matter of etiquette, coaches should not normally give advice until asked.

Coaches are trained to observe archers shooting, analyse and decide, with the archer, the best approach to improve performance.