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Sports coaching

Sport at every level depends on well trained coaches, officials and volunteers. We can help if you want to start a coaching career or improve your coaching.

Coach Connect workshops

Club or local authority coaches who are keen to develop further can take part in Coach Connect programme delivered by sportscotland.

The programme is open to anyone who's qualified to UKCC level 2 (and equivalent qualifications) or working towards this with a minimum of 2 years' experience leading the delivery of sessions.



Date and time


RLSS UK National Pool Qualification

Monday 3 to Friday 7 April
Final exam on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 April

Annan Swimming Pool

Every candidate attending a NPLQ course must be 16 years old at the time of taking the final assessment and be able to:

  • jump / dive into deep water
  • swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
  • swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water
  • tread water for 30 seconds
  • surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits

Contact Chris Hiddleston to book a place or find out more, email or call 01461 625025.

Safeguarding and protecting children

These workshops are suitable for coaches and volunteers who may come into contact with children:

TopicDate, Time and VenueCost
Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) 1

Wednesday 31 May - 6pm to 9pm - Annan Town Hall
Wednesday 7 June - 6pm to 9pm - Castle Douglas Town Hall
Wednesday 21 June - 6pm to 9pm - Ryan Leisure Centre, Stranraer
Wednesday 23 August - 6pm to 9pm - Ryan Leisure Centre, Stranraer
Thursday 21 September - 6pm to 9pm - Merrick Leisure Centre, Newton Stewart
Tuesday 10 October - 6pm to 9pm - Annan Town Hall
Tuesday 7 November - 6pm to 9pm - Dumfries Ice Bowl

Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) 2

Tuesday 20 June - 6pm to 9pm - Dumfries Ice Bowl

In Safe Hands

Tuesday 25 April - 6pm to 9pm - Dumfries Ice Bowl
Monday 9 October - 6pm to 9pm - Ryan Leisure Centre, Stranraer


Emergency first aid

Date and TimeVenueCost
Thursday 20 and 27 April - 6pm to 9.30pm
(you must attend both dates)
Annan Town Hall£60
Saturday 27 May - 9.30am to 4.30pmDavid Keswick Athletic Centre/Dumfries High School£60

Contact details

Email to register your interest in attending a workshop/course.

We can also provide further information on local support for coaches.

Page last updated: 17/03/17