Do I need to be a Level 2 Coach in order to lead Ultimate training sessions?

The short answer is no. 

UK Ultimate does not specify any limitation on who should be able to lead or run an ultimate game or training session.  There are many groups and clubs playing Ultimate across the World very happily without a formal coach.  No doubt this is in part because Ultimate is a simple non-contact game.

Of course, if you are taking some responsibility for a group of people playing a sport like Ultimate, then you certainly do need to think about the safety of everyone involved, but you do not necessarily need to have a UK Ultimate coaching qualification to do that.

With reference to the coaching structures that exist in this country, whilst UK Ultimate has had a Level 1 coaching qualification for some years, and (since Feb 2014) also now has a Level 2 qualification, these are not part of UKCC.  For schools and other organisations that want to make a judgement about whether they should allow an adult to take responsibility for coaching Ultimate or leading an Ultimate club session (especially for young people) we offer the following advice:

1. Safeguarding

UKU coaching qualifications do not include any safeguarding training or checks.  Some Ultimate coaches have of course done additional safeguarding training, and may have DBS checks done via UK Ultimate or other organisations.  Depending on your organisations' policies you may require your own DBS check anyway.  You will need to check with the individual.

2. Insurance

We have set up a Coach Registration scheme for individuals that coach beyond their immediate club, and need insurance.  You can check with a coach if they have registered with UK Ultimate, but of course this is not the only method by which an individual or company may have insurance for coaching.


If you want - or are for some reason required - to rely on UKCC qualifications then our position is that the knowledge and experience you are looking for could be found as part of a Level 2 qualification in a similar team sport (football, netball, basketball, hockey, etc).  If in doubt please contact us.  If the coach has also done at least the UKU Leader Award then from UK Ultimate's perspective they have what they need to lead/coach Ultimate sessions.  As the players/club/school becomes more experienced in the sport we expect the coach would want to obtain additional Ultimate-specific coaching qualifications. 


If you have any questions please do contact us.