The Club has grown considerably over the last few years and we are always looking for new volunteers to ensure the club continues to run efficiently. Please speak to any of our coaches on a training night if you want to get involved or contact us through our website.

Coaching Assistant (Level 1)

Providing you are committed to coaching at the club on training nights, we will send you on a 2 day course to attain your Coaching Assistant Award through UK Athletics which the club will fully fund.

See full details of the course and award here.

We recommend you stay at this level assisting one of our senior coaches for 6-12 months so you can to gain experience and expertise from senior coaches.

Athletics Coach

If you are enjoying working as an Assistant and would like to progress further, please discuss with us, you can move onto this course.

Who should go on this course? Anyone who has completed the Coaching Assistant Award and feels ready to take the next step to managing their own coaching groups. Currently qualified UKA Coaches looking to broaden their technical skills can also choose to attend as part of their continued education.

How many days will it take? The course and assessment period is four days in total. Two days delivered as a weekend, a third day several weeks later and then a formal assessment on a final day.

What will I learn? How to apply the fundamental principles of running, jumping and throwing and applying this knowledge over a series of sessions to help technically develop groups of athletes. You will learn how to coach running, jumping and throwing activities and observe correct technical aspects.

Further information can be found here.

Club Officials

Like all athletic clubs, Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club is run by volunteers. We are always needing as well as coaching staff, Club Officials, these are invaluable members to our teams of athletes representing the club at many events during the Track and Field Season.

Further information can be found here with links to England Athletics.  If this is something you think you would like to consider please let us know as we keep track of various courses that are offered in the local area.

We will also support Health & Safety courses that are run locally by both England Athletics and also the local forum of the Bucks Network that includes athletic clubs from the Bucks Area.

Level 1 Assistant Official Course

Who should go on this course?

Anyone aged 14 or over interested in gaining an insight and intro duction to the key areas of officiating that will enable them to assist at track and field meetings under the supervision of a qualified UKA Technical Official.

What will I learn?

Delivered as a single workshop of four hours in six sections with both theoretical and practical elements covering:

  • The responsibilities and role of an Assistant Official
  • Measuring and recording times and distance
  • Making, sharing and recording judgements
  • Ensuring safety and reporting concerns
  • Communicating with athletes and other officials
  • Following procedures and applying basic rules

Link for further information

Level 2 "Club" (2A)

  • Accreditation to level 2 can be applied for at 16 years of age.
  • Prior to applying for a licence the trainee official must obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure specific to UKA.
  • The trainee official needs to have officiated at a minimum of 4 meetings (For field this must include experience on horizontal and vertical jumps, long throws and shot. For starters/starters’ assistants this means 4 meetings or substantial parts of meetings in each role to obtain both parts of the qualification (8 in total). It is not possible to qualify as a starter without also being a starters’ assistant)
  • They should complete the level 2 Club accreditation form including listing the meetings at which they have officiated, details of the events and duties carried out at each of the meetings, and sign the form.

Further information can be found here