Coaching

 

 

 Getting started

Looking for an introduction to Ultimate?
 We can help connect you to local volunteers or registered coaches

 

Find a volunteer

Find a coach


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UKU Coaching Pathway at a glance

 

   For those who are new to Ultimate
    (teachers, coaches, multi-sports coaches, activators, students)

 

          For Ultimate players, coaches and leaders                 

Foundation Award

 

Level 1 X

Level 1

Level 2 Transfer to Ultimate

Level 2

 

Further information for coaches

Coach Registration scheme
Code of Conduct
First Aid
DBS

 

Ultimate Coach Profiles

"Watching others fall in love with something you love is amazing!"

As part of our work to promote Ultimate coaching we have created the Ultimate Coach Profiles.

These share the stories and experiences of Ultimate coaches. The growing network of coaches throughout the UK includes those working at all levels, with players from as young as 6. Coaching can be amazing, rewarding and inspiring, it supports the growth and development of Ultimate as well as promoting the positive values of Spirit of the Game and sheer love for the sport.

 


 

 

Introducing Ultimate

In some cases we are able to connect groups who are interested in an informal introduction to the sport to volunteer players who can lead a session for you. It can be more challenging if groups are looking for a volunteer for hours during the working day. 

Please contact us directly to discuss the possibility of connecting you with volunteer players. 

It will be helpful to know the following information:

1. Details

a. location you need to volunteer

b. when do you need them

2. Remuneration
a. are you able to pay for this persons time?

b. if not, are you able to contribute towards their travel expenses?

c. or, is there absoultely no budget available?

FAQs
here is a list of FAQ's we are asked about these informal volunteer connections

Q. Is the person a coach?
A. It is likely this person is not a coach.

Q. Will this person have experience coaching/leading?
A. This depends. In some areas we might be able to connect you with a volunteer who has experience of working in a school or delivering sessions to adults and young people. However, more often than not this person is likely to be an enthusiastic player who is able to volunteer some time.

Q. Will this person have a DBS check?
A. We don't require volunteers to have a DBS check if they are involved in an activity that is not reoccuring or intensive. A one-off visit to a school does not fulfil the requirements of someone having a DBS check. As such if this person is working with children some form of supervision will be required.

Find a Coach

 


UK Ultimate Registered Coaches


2018-19 UKU Registered Coaches Location
Sam Lord Edinburgh
Shaun Webb Glasgow
Chris Bamford Leeds
Peter Line Leicester
David Pryce London
Francesca Weddell London
Glen Newell London
Kat Cheng Nottingham
Peter Garnett Nottingham
Mark Bignall Reading

 

To contact a coach, for more information about the UKU Coaching Scheme or for help finding someone in your area please contact coaching@ukultimate.com

 


 

The UK Ultimate Coach Registration Scheme runs from 1st October - 30th September.

To become a registered coach please purchase Coaching Membership via the GO Membership portal.

 

 


Coaching Pathway

Coaching pathway at a glance:

 For those who are new to Ultimate
   (teachers, coaches, multi-sports coaches, activators, students)

               For Ultimate players, coaches and leaders             

Foundation Award
Level 1X Level 1
Level 2 Transfer to Ultimate Coaching Development

Level 2

 

Coaching pathway expanded:

Foundation Coaching Award

3 hours

 

This Award is a comprehensive introduction to playing and teaching Ultimate to beginners. Ideal as CPD for teachers and sports coaches, suitable for anyone new to the sport but who already has skills in coaching or leading sports activities. The course develops understanding of the game of Ultimate, core playing skills and the confidence to introduce disc-based games and activities. Suitable for anyone working with KS2-KS5. Also available as a Sports Leader Award for young people starting to develop leadership and coaching skills (this might include young ambassadors, JSLA, CSLA, Duke of Edinburgh, GCSE, BTEC, and so on).

 

Min 8 / Max 20 people

£36 / person

Resource pack for each participant

Space requirements: summer months can be delivered outdoors, otherwise a sports hall at least 4 x badminton courts.

 

Read more here.

Level 1X

6 hours

This Qualification is a comprehensive introduction to playing and teaching Ultimate similar to the Foundation Award. This course offers more time to develop disc skills and supports a greater understanding of the game, the rules and an opportunity to discuss Spirit of the Game and self-officiation in more depth. This course is ideal for teachers and coaches who will deliver Ultimate in PE curriculum time or as an extracurricular activity. Those with a UKU Level 1 X are UK Ultimate qualified coaches.

 

Min 8 / Max 20 people (larger courses can be delivered by 2 leaders)

£85 / person

Resource pack for each participant

Space requirements: a sports hall at least 4 x badminton courts and a classroom with standard A.V. equipment and Internet access.

 

Read more here.

Level 2 Transfer to Ultimate

This Qualification is an add-on for coaches who hold a UKU Foundation Award or UKU Level 1 X and a Level 2 qualification in another invasion sport.

 

£15 

Purchased here.

 

Level 1

8 hours

This Qualification is the first step on the UKU coaching pathway for players who want to coach, lead or just learn more about the sport. It is suitable both for playing and non-playing coaches and leaders. Players must have at least 6 months experience of the game. The course mixes classroom time and practical application to develop coaching basics. Those with a UKU Level 1 are considered qualified coaches (this is different from being a registered coach).

£85 / person

Coaching resources

 

Read more here.

Coaching

Development

 

Currently under development

Level 2

32 credits

 

This is a credit-based Qualification. Coaches need to collect a total of 32 credits from a number of compulsory and optional coach development options.

This Qualification is currently under review. This does not affect anyone who holds a UKU Level 2, nor does it impact those who are in the process of completing the Qualification.

 

Read more here.

 

 

 

 

UKU Foundation Award

'Working with UK Ultimate has been wonderful. 


Trainee teachers described their session as one of the best all year. They also stated that the level of skill and differentiation was `just right' for all participants to progress and achieve, whilst also developing appropriate ideas to take into school.


It was a breath of fresh air to explore another invasion game to develop in upper KS 2 other than traditional and dominant games such as football, hockey and netball. Already trainees have used their learning within schools and many have set up clubs which seem to be inspiring children to participate and become more engaged in active learning.'

Julie Pearson, HEA Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer - Primary Physical Education, Institute of Education, St Mary's University

 


The Foundation Coaching Award is a comprehensive introduction to playing and teaching Ultimate. It is ideal as CPD for teachers and sports coaches. It is for groups who already have the skills of teaching or coaching, but have little or no experience of Ultimate. Trainee teachers, activators, youth workers, teaching assistants etc, would also be suitable candidates. The Foundation Award is designed for those teaching children from KS2 - KS5. We also offer two adaptations on the course explained below:

  • UKU Foundation Award: Sports Leader Award
    • A variation of the course designed specifically for pupils or young leaders in schools or colleges. They will develop skills in delivering Ultimate safely to their peers or younger children.
  • UKU Foundation Award: Primary
    • This course has greater emphasis on teaching Ultimate to young children, primarily KS2 but can also be attended by KS1 teachers.

Further details about the Foundation Award including course content, length and fees are outlined in the table below. Please contact us via email or telephone for more information or to make a booking.

Email: coaching@ukultimate.com
Call: 0844 804 5949 (voicemail)

 

UKU Foundation Award / UKU Foundation Award: Primary

 

Workshop Length: 2 - 3 hours

Participants: Adults, 18+

Content: The basics of the playing and teaching Ultimate including: basic rules, throwing, catching, drills, games and self-officiating (Spirit of the Game). 

Resources: The resource pack includes activity and game cards, Spirit of the Game information, School Games event details, links to free online resources, and more.

Hosting Price: £36 per person for a minimum of 8 people.

Availability: Weekdays and weekends, including evenings. This course can be delivered as twilight CPD or INSET.


Please contact us via email or telephone for more information or to make a booking.
Email: coaching@ukultimate.com Call: 0844 804 5949 (voicemail)


UKU Foundation Award: Sports Leader Award


For young people who have little to no experience of Ultimate but who are starting to gain some experience of coaching and leading sports activities, or who are working towards this in school or other formal settings. This might include young ambassadors, JSLA, CSLA, Duke of Edinburgh, GCSE, BTEC, and so on. 

 

Workshop Length: 3 hours.

Participants: Young People / Young Leaders. KS3, 4 and 5

Content: The basics of the playing and teaching Ultimate including: basic rules, throwing, catching, drills, games and self-officiating (Spirit of the Game).

Resources: The resource pack includes activity and game cards, Spirit of the Game information, links to free online resources, and more.

Hosting Price: £36 per person for a minimum of 8 people.

Availability: Can be delivered during curriculum time or as an extra curricular opportunity, including evenings or weekends.


Please contact us via email or telephone for more information or to make a booking.
Email: coaching@ukultimate.com Call: 0844 804 5949  (voicemail)


UKU Level 1

'I'd recommend the UKU Level 1 to any player, whether thinking about coaching, captaining or just deepening their understanding of the game.'

James Burbidge, Ultimate Coach

'Our pre-course discussions were collegiate and progressive; where St Mary's University could share what the trainee teachers needed from the course and discuss the relevance of learning for use in primary schools. Our ideas and needs were incorporated into the delivery of the sessions on the day and the course outcomes were achieved. This level of flexibility and personal application is often lacking from sports courses.'
Julie Pearson, HEA Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer - Primary Physical Education, Institute of Education, St Mary's University

We offer two UKU Level 1 courses:

  • Level 1X for those with limited or no playing experience
  • Level 1 for those with at least 6 months' playing experience
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UKU Level 1X

  for those with little or no experience in Ultimate 

  UKU Level 1

  for Ultimate players, leaders or coaches

The Level 1X is a comprehensive introduction on how to teach Ultimate to beginners with an emphasis on disc skills and how to teach fun games and activities using a disc.

We mix practical and classroom time to cover all the fundamentals of playing and coaching basic Ultimate skills and application of Spirit of the Game.

Workshop Length: 6 hours.
3 hours practical
3 hours theory

Participants: age 14+

Content: Basic rules, throwing, catching, games, activities and drills, Spirit of the Game and self-officiating.

Resources: Comprehensive resource pack including activity cards, online resources and more.

Price: £85 per person

Availability: For more information or to book a course for your group please contact us.

Email: coaching@ukultimate.com

Call: 0844 804 5949 (voicemail)

This is the first step on the Coaching pathway for players who want to coach, lead or just learn more about the sport. It is suitable both for playing and non-playing coaches and leaders. Players must have at least 6 months experience of the game.


We mix classroom time with practical application to cover the fundamentals of coaching.

Workshop Length: 8 hours.
6 hours theory
2 hours practical

Participants: age 18+

Content: Focusing on fundamental coaching skills. 

Resources: First steps into coaching resources, UKU Handbook and Workbook, online resources.

Price: £85 per person

Availability: Please view the coaching calendar to find a course near you. We aim to run at least 10 Level 1 courses around the UK each calendar year.

 

We actively support clubs who train a large number of their players and especially those clubs that seek to train even numbers of male and female players.

If your club is interested in hosting a Level 1 course, please contact us and we can look into providing a course in your area, coaching@ukultimate.com

  • We announce all courses in our newsletter and on other social media platforms.

 

UKU Level 2

The UKU Level 2 Coaching Award is a credit-based qualification. Coaches need to collect a total of 32 credits from a number of mandatory and optional coaching development options.


Mandatory Credits:

Title Credits Awarded

UKU Coaching Course

Currently under review

6

'UKU Mentoring Scheme' OR 'Find a Mentor Scheme'

Currently under review

8
First Aid 6



UKU Coaching Course

Workshop Length: 1 day.

Participants: Adults 18+. This course can be taken by any Ultimate player (minimum 1 year playing experinece) or coach, however credits towards the Level 2 qualification can only be awarded to those with a UKU Level 1.

Content: Focuses on developing the coaching skills and game understanding of a Level 2 Ultimate Coach.

This course is currently under review, please contact coaching@ukultimate.com if you'd like more information


UKU Mentoring Scheme

Mentoring time: up to 8 hours including coaching time and meetings with mentor

Participants: Mentoring with experienced UKU mentor.

Content: Discussion, review, and feedback on planning and delivery.

Attending: Mentoring may take place in person, over the telephone or via video call.

Price: £100


Find a Mentor Scheme

Currently under review




First Aid

Workshop Length: 6 hours (1 day)

Participants: Most providers welcome young people from the age of 12. If under the age of 16, participants must attend with an adult family member or guardian (maximum two young people per adult). UK Ultimate Level 2 coaches and Registered Coaches must be 18+

Content: Varies according to course - all will include basic First Aid skills required to deal with emergency situations.

Attending: More information here.

 


Optional modules:

There are 12 credits to collect from the optional section. We have listed below a few examples of courses that are worth 3 or 6 credits. UK Ultimate is able to recognise other courses, not on this list, for credits too. To discuss something you already have or would like to attend, please contact us by email, coaching@ukultimate.com

Course Name Provider Credits

UK Coaching have a series of workshops to support coaches.

If you attend any courses please add certificates to your membership profile as a credential, and L2 credits can be assigned.

 

See some recommended courses below:

Safeguarding and Protecting Children

Equity in your Coaching

A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches

Delivering Engaging Sessions for Adults

Delivering Engaging Sessions for Young People

Coaching the Person Infront of You

How to Coach: Plan, Do, Review (online)

Inspiring Positive Behaviour in Sport (online)

UK Coaching Up to 3

1st4Sport are an awarding organisation.

Online PE Confidence modules may be of interest to those wanting to work with children.

1st4Sport 3
NSPCC Keeping Children Safe In Sport NSPCC / EduCare 3

Coaching Games for Understanding

Sport Structures 3

There are lots of opportunities to build knowledge, skill and understanding in coaching. 

Some options include:

Qualifications in other sports (should be other invasion sports)

Attendance at workshops or conferences

Online courses

 

Please email coaching@ukultimate.com if you have any questions about the suitability of a course or qualification for Level 2 credits. Certificates or evidence of attendance should be uploaded as a credential on your membership profile.

Various  Variable

Flik

We have partnered with Flik to offer optional credits for the UKU Level 2 Coaching Award.

The Flik Clinics are an opportunity to develop Ultimate skills and understanding and to reflect upon different coaching styles for delivering Ultimate sessions.

If you are intending to, or have taken part in a Flik clinic, and would like to use this towards your L2 award please notify coaching@ukultimate.com.

Flik Skills Clinics 3-6

Ulty Results

Ulty results have brought together a great package of presentations for 'the well-rounded ultimate coach', available to individuals working towards their UKU Level 2 qualification.

Please follow this link for more information, and to purchase the offer. The cost is $97.

Ulty Results

 

*If you have other formal coach education and would like to see if it can count towards the optional credits, please contact us by email, coaching@ukultimate.com

Mentoring

As part of the UK Ultimate Level 2 Coaching Award, prospective coaches need to complete a mentoring module worth 8 credits. At the end of this module coaches will have produced a portfolio of their coaching.

Please read the framework for producing a complete portfolio:

Portfolio Information
Getting started

You must have completed the UKU Level 1 before starting the Mentoring scheme. To start your mentoring programme, email coaching@ukultimate.com

Self analysis

At the end of the Core Module day, you will be asked to analyse your coaching. 

  • Strengths (in your coaching)
  • Weaknesses (something you want to work on)
  • Opportunities (to help you complete the Level 2)
  • Threats (that might prevent or slow your progress)
4 planned sessions
  • At least 1 hour in length
  • Overview of the session
  • Format similar to that of the Planning Ultimate Practices
  • Can't use consecutive hours from the same session
4 reflections 
  • Reflection corresponds to a delivered session
  • Display how the session was planned
  • Display how the session was delivered
  • If the sessions differs from the plan, why
  • Display reflection-in-action
  • Display where you are working on weaknesses
  • Display where you are using strengths
4 risk assessments
  • Risk assessment corresponds to the planed-delivered session
Any relevant incident reports  
Mentor session

After four sessions the prospective coach will arrange a Skype call, or face-to-face, with their coach mentor. If you have a UKU mentor a Zoom call can be arranged for you.

Share your portfolio

  • Upload portfolio content to a Google drive folder
  • The portfolio needs to be shared a minimum of one day in advance of the meeting
4 planned sessions
  • At least 1 hour in length
  • Overview of the session
  • Format similar to that of the Planning Ultimate Practices
  • Can't use consecutive hours from the same session
4 reflections
  • Reflection corresponds to a delivered session
  • Display how the session was planned
  • Display how the session was delivered
  • If the sessions differs from the plan, why
  • Display reflection-in-action
  • Display working weaknesses
  • Display using strengths
  • Include actions from initial mentor meeting
4 risk assessments
  • Risk assessment corresponds to the planned-delivered session
Any relevant incident reports
Submit Portfolio

Submit your finished portfolio to your coach mentor for assessment. If you have achieved the standard expected then you gain the credits.

Sometimes the coach mentor will ask you to complete four more hours and highlight what needs to be achieved

 

FAQs:

Q: Do the first four sessions need to have been delivered after attending the Level 2 Core Module day?
A: No. But ideally you will have been actively delivering sessions before you attend the L2 in order to get the most from the day. Your first 4 planned sessions for your portfolio can be delivered before or after the L2 Core course.