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Sports: Training

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of (a) sports and (b) sports coaches whose organisational bodies do not qualify for access to the UK’s coaching certificate because they do not have a recognised national governing body; and if she will make a statement. (126322)

UK coaching certificate (UKCC) qualifications are currently being implemented in 21 sports.

In each of these sports, the qualifications are developed by national source groups, led by the appropriate recognised British or home country governing body and including representatives from other recognised home country governing bodies.

We are considering the expansion of UKCC beyond the initial identified sports but we do not currently envisage funding the development of UKCC qualifications in the small number of sports without a recognised national governing body.

Access to UKCC qualifications is not dependent on membership of a specified governing body. When a UKCC qualification in a particular sport is endorsed, it does not prevent organisations from continuing to offer their existing coaching qualifications nor are coaches legally required to take the UKCC qualification in order to continue coaching.