Run Wales

These workshops will guide you along the Run Leader Development Pathway towards the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) coaching qualification.

Find out more about the courses available:


Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF)

The Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) course will focus on the safe organisation of achievable and progressive running activity and how to lead a group of runners of varying ability.


FEATURES

The LiRF course focuses on understanding and overcoming barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those not traditionally attracted to a running club.

BENEFITS

On completion of the course, you will be qualified and insured to take a group of runners on a group run.

You will also be eligible to complete the Coach in Running Fitness course where you will learn to make long term plans and progress for runners.

PRE-REQUISITES

Minimum age for attendance is 18.

Purchase and complete the online Safeguarding Module.

For the remote assessment, you will require access to a qualified leader to supervise the session and a group of approximately 5 runners to demonstrate your understanding.


LENGTH

Blended course: Part Online, part Face-to-face: This course consists of a series of Online Learning Modules and a half-day practical (3hrs).

Online course with remote assessment: This course consists of a series of Online Learning Modules, a requirement to film yourself leading within your natural club environment, and a 90 minute virtual classroom.

COST

Affiliated: £155 Non-Affiliated: £175

(This includes the cost of the mandatory Safeguarding and First Aid courses)

Movement Skills (Part 2)

Movement Skills Part 2 is the second in a two-part offering of online workshops open to all Leaders and Coaches that focus on movement patterns that underpin all athletic events.


FEATURES

  • A reinforcement of the key concepts introduced in Movement Skills Part 1
  • Develop your ability to coach movement-based training
  • An introduction to how the ability to move can influence injury potential
  • Practical exposure to progressing and regressing drills and exercises based on athletic ability
  • The importance of organising training strategies

BENEFITS

  • Enhanced understanding of Movement Skills Part 1 key concepts
  • Your athletes have an enhanced opportunity to be more efficient movers
  • Understand ways in which you can develop robust athletes
  • An understanding of how drills and exercises can be tailored to an individual
  • The ability to organise and deliver a structure progressive session

PRE-REQUISITES

Leadership in Running Fitness, Coaching Assistant or higher


Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that coaches complete the Movement Skills 1 online workshop, then Movement Skills Part 2 online workshop.


DURATION
1.5 hours (self-paced)

COST
£20


Energy Systems and Running Economy

This workshop is designed to help build an understanding of energy systems and how they are developed. The workshop will introduce themes that will be developed in the CiRF qualification, and this opportunity will be a great stepping stone to taking the next step in your qualification journey.

Delivered via an interactive virtual classroom, the overall aim of the workshop is to increase knowledge and confidence for Run Leaders across Wales.


FEATURES

The session is designed to be Interactive and informative, giving participants an opportunity to create greater understanding of the session they are delivering and how to support the progression of individuals in their groups.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Recap/ re-visit of ADM
  • Understanding energy systems
  • Planning for the development of the energy systems
  • Exploring Running Economy: Technical Running Drills and the Technical Templates

PRE-REQUISITES

Leadership in Running Fitness, Coaching Assistant or higher



LENGTH
1.5 hours (self-paced)

COST
£20


Athlete Profiling and Planning

This workshop is designed to introduce the benefits of athlete profiling and explore how to session design and programme aligned to athlete area of development and their individual goals. The workshop will introduce themes
that will be developed in the CiRF qualification, and this opportunity will be a great steppingstone to taking the next step in your qualification journey.

Delivered via an interactive virtual classroom, the overall aim of the workshop is to increase knowledge and confidence for Run Leaders across Wales.


FEATURES

The session is designed to be interactive and informative, giving participants an opportunity to create greater understanding of the athletes they are
delivering sessions to and how to design sessions and programmes aligned to athlete’s area of developmental need and their individual goals.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Understand how to profile your athlete
  • Exploring session (microcycle) planning linked to athlete profiling
  • Exploring programming linked to mesocycle goals

PRE-REQUISITES

Leadership in Running Fitness, Coaching Assistant or higher.

Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that leaders complete
the Energy Systems & Running Economy workshop before booking the Athlete Profiling and Planning workshop.



LENGTH
1.5 hours (self-paced)

COST
£20


Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)

The Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualification is designed for those who want to get involved in coaching runners over the age of 12 that take part in non-track based activities e.g. road, fell, cross country or multi terrain events.

The programme is primarily for those working with runners up to and including the event group development stage. All applicants must be active leaders or coaches who have completed as a minimum a Level 1, LiRF or Coaching
Assistant course.

Please note that the CiRF qualification is about the broad application to non track based endurance running events and is not designed for coaches who want to work with runners taking part in track based endurance events such as 800m – 10,0000m or steeplechase. Those looking to coach these event groups should attend the Athletics Coach course.


DURATION

4 contact days along with home study, planning and preparation for assessment. Day 1 & 2 delivered as a weekend and Day 3 is held 4-6 weeks later. There is then 10 – 12 weeks before Day 4, which is an observed practical assessment. The CiRF programme will take a minimum of five months to
complete, however, once underway, applicants have up to two years to
complete all elements.

COURSE CONTENT

A combination of classroom-based activity and practical sessions covering:

  • Warm up and Skill Development
  • Fundamental Running skills
  • Testing and Monitoring (and their purpose)
  • Introduction and development of HOW-2 skills (Observation & Analysis / Feedback & Questioning / Safety / Organisation / Instruction & Explanation / Demonstration)
  • Athlete centred coaching
  • Athlete Development Pathway
  • Athlete profiling and short – medium term planning
  • Inclusive coaching
  • Common causes of injury and using coaching observation and planning to prevent injury
  • Risk assessments
  • Factors affecting performance, principles of training and fitness components

PRE-REQUISITES

Requirements: Minimum age for attendance is 18.

Purchase and complete
the online Safeguarding Module.

You will require a mentor who has qualified
as a Coach in Running Fitness.


Assessment: Online knowledge test, mesocycle plan (an 8 week training plan) and an observed practical assessment day.

Click for full CiRF Assessment Guide.



RESOURCES

Once you have purchased the CiRF course you will be able to access the Pre and Post course material via the ‘Go to MyLearning’ tab on Athletics Hub. For more information on how to find this material and navigate other parts of Athletics Hub click here.

COST

£350 Affiliated or £400 Non Affiliated (includes Day 1 & 2, Day 3 & Assessment Day)

For upcoming course dates please click here.