All coaches and session leads (both paid and voluntary) must register with the Sports Union at the beginning of each academic year. By registering with the CVA, you will gain access to student-priced Sport & Exercise membership, facilities and membership to the Coaching & Volunteering Academy. It is also imperative that all coaches are aware of their governing bodies polices around safeguarding, and good coaching practices.
CVA membership grants you access to events throughout the year which range from club develpment to coaching CPD opportunities and will also be added to our Coaches Team which is a space for networking, resource sharing and collaborating with other coaches and volunteers across the Sports Union.
To register for 2022/23 CVA membership, please complete the Registration form.
More information on coach registration, including services agreements, can be found here.
Coaching and Volunteering Academy
Once you have registered as a Sports Union coach you will become a member of the Coaching & Volunteering Academy. The CVA seeks to support you through every stage of your journey as a coach or volunteer at the university. The CVA offers up a variety of benefits as follows:
- CPD opportunities - workshops & events taking place throughout the year to support your development, and improve your experience as a coach.
- Funding towards qualifications - funding for additional coaching qualifications can be applied for via the Coaching & Officiating fund.
- Online resources - a bank of online resources signposting you to support within the university, and beyond.
Upon registering as a coach, if you opt-out of receiving communications through the CVA, you won’t hear from us too much. If you change your mind at any point and would like to start receiving information regarding all of the things mentioned above, then please please get in touch via Sports.Union@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 650 9866.
Useful Links & Resources
At the CVA, we want to ensure that all of our coaches and volunteers feel supported in their roles and are prepared for any challenges they may encounter on their coaching journey; in order to help with this, we have compiled some resources below which we feel will help you on your own coaching journey.
The resources are a mix of longer and more informative documents and also shorter documents which provide an overview on the topic of focus. If you are unsure about anything included below or would like anything more to be included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safegaurding in Sport
Coaching Disabled People Inclusive Coaching Quick Guide
Accessible & Inclusive Communication Guide Hearing Impairment Coaching Guide
British Sign Language for Sport Disability Terminology Guidance
RED-S Guidance for Coaches Eating Disorders Fact Sheet
Mental Health Information & Training. Doping Information & Guidance
Concussion Awareness Fact Sheet LGBTIQA+ inclusion
Facility Access & Membership
Since 2019, coaches no longer require coaches pass to access the Pleasance facilities. Instead, all registered coaches are added to an approved coaches list that both the Pleasance reception and the Sports Union have access to. You will be added to this list following registration, and will therefore be able to gain facility access (at your club’s session times).
If you are a non-student coach, you can obtain a membership for Sport & Exercise facilities at the student rate for Semester 2, please email email@example.com for more details.
Further Support & Opportunities
If you require any additional support as a coach, have a general question about the Sports Union, or are unsure about anything on this page, please contact Sports.Union@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 650 9866.
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