Coaches & Officials

The club’s workforce is the people who are actively involved in delivering the clubs activities.  It’s important to consider the requirements for your club and how you will recruit, retain and develop the people in your club to make it sustainable.

In this section you will find information on:

  • Requirements for coaches and any helpers working with children in your club
  • Volunteer recruitment, retention and development
  • Employment status advice

Some key questions to ask when starting a new club:

How many coaches do I need?

  • Minimum of one level 2 coach in each discipline you will be offering in the session plus an additional assistant coach
  • For info on coach/gymnast ratios – see the health and safety section

What level of membership and what other safeguarding requirements must they have before getting involved in the club?

The requirements for membership and relevant training will vary depending on the individuals’ role within the club.  More information can be found here

Where can I get new coaches from?

  • Recruitment through advert
  • Train up: older gymnasts, parents, other interested individuals
  • Speak to active schools about working with senior pupils
  • More information on the recruitment, development and retention of coaches and officials can be found here

When can a new volunteer / trainee coach start to work in the gym?

The below flowchart details the process for a new volunteer and what training and membership they must obtain before starting to help in the gym.  This should be used in conjunction with the Recruitment and PVG information in the Safeguarding section of the website



Once qualified, a coach must:

  • Renew membership annually
  • Update safeguarding training every 3 years
  • Attend CPD Courses to ensure best practice