- leadership skills
- the ability to teach pupils how to do something
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to motivate and manage staff
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
If you're working with schools and community groups, you'll:
- plan fun, engaging coaching activities, sessions and programmes in a safe environment
- give feedback on performance and help to improve technique
- work with young people, schools, community groups and sports organisations to promote the sport
If you're working with young people involved in competitive sport, you'll:
- design basic training programmes
- work on developing more advanced techniques and tactics
- support performers at events and competitions
If coaching at national or international level you'll:
- design challenging and varied training programmes
- monitor the physical condition and mental attitude of the people you coach
- work with experts in sport like sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and programme managers
- mentor other coaches
You could work at a university, on a sports field, at a fitness centre, at a school or at a college.
Your working environment may be physically demanding and outdoors in all weathers.
With qualifications and experience, you could become a coach development officer, helping other coaches develop their skills and qualifications.
You can find out more about coaching and opportunities from UK Coaching.