Become Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualified


Have you completed a LiRF (Leadership in Running Fitness) qualification and are you looking to move from leading to coaching? Then our CiRF (Coach in Running Fitness) qualification is for you!

England Athletics launched the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualification as a progression from the Leadership in Running Fitness qualification (equivalent to old Level 1 or Coaching Assistant qualifications) and it is aimed at those who wish to work primarily with adult endurance athletes with a specific competition or performance target in mind.

A CiRF course is due to be held at Teeside University, Middlesbrough on 1-2 February and there are a few spaces remaining. Day three will be on Sunday 6 April 2014 with the assessment taking place on Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 September 2014. The new price for affiliated England Athletics club members is just £250, and those who wish to attend the Teeside course will have their applications fast-tracked. Deadline for applications is noon on Monday 27 January and those wishing to apply should contact Debbie Beresford (Education Coordinator) directly at

About the CiRF course

On the CiRF course you will learn how to coach endurance running on a variety of surfaces, how to plan a progressive training programme for runners, helping them to develop towards their specific goal. When qualified you will be insured to coach without supervision, working with Coaching Assistants and Leaders in Running Fitness to support you in delivering the sessions.Group leader 2

Topics covered include:

  • Fundamental running skills and drills
  • Skill development
  • Energy systems and endurance running
  • Physical preparation & Nutrition
  • Injury prevention and management
  • Flexibility
  • Factors influencing performance
  • Elements of planning and delivery
  • The core coaching skills
  • Integrated coaching
  • Athlete Development & Athlete Profiling

To attend this course you must be qualified at either UKA Level 1 or above, Leadership in Running Fitness or Coaching Assistant in the new coach education programme for at least three months.
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