Coaching & Volunteering

To find out more about Tyne & Wear Sport coaching and volunteering, please click on the link below:

Are you a coach or volunteer, new to coaching, looking for job and volunteer opportunities, help and advice on funding and qualifications for coaches or volunteers then this is the section for you.

We work closely with national governing bodies of sport, Sport England, sports coach UK, local authority partners, the education sector, community clubs and organisations to provide a wide range of advice and practical support to increase the quantity and improve the quality of sports coaching and volunteering workforce across Tyne and Wear.

Our core offer to all partners includes providing generic courses, tailor made CPD opportunities, local insight/intelligence reports, recruiting coaches/volunteers, conducting training needs analysis, promoting NGB opportunities, coaching bursaries and funding and supporting the needs of the workforce for Sportivate, Schools Games, satellite clubs and Active Workplace programmes.

To keep up to data with all the latest coaching and volunteering news, employment and volunteer vacancies, funding opportunities, please follow our Tyne & Wear sport ahead of the game Facebook page. 

For more information about our coaching and volunteer network, please contact the coaching development manager,

We know that there are some fantastic coaches in sports clubs across Tyne & Wear. They do a great job of encouraging people into sport every day. But only 30% of coaches in England are female, and we're keen to see more.

#PassOnYourPassion has two goals: 

  1. We want to recognise the hard work of coaches at every level who help and inspire women and girls to get involved in sport

  2. We want to encourage the next generation of female coaches and support them on their journey to gaining the right qualifications and experience to become a coach.

We are therefore looking for nominations for existing coaches who match this criteria, or volunteers, leaders, participants who are willing to get into coaching. 

The #passonyourpassion campaign is running across the North of England and has some very high profile backing… check out this video from Dame Kelly Holmes who explains the campaign. 

If you have a female coach that you would like to thank for their hard work, or you have a volunteer, leader, participant within one of your sessions, that you would like to encourage into coaching, then please nominate them, using the link below, to be recognised by us and the #passonyourpassion campaign.  

This is the perfect opportunity for you to say a big thank you to a committed coach and to highlight the next generation of inspirational coaches from your club/organisation. All nominees will receive a goody bag and a baton to pass on to the next generation.

Next generation coaches will be supported by us and offered a small funding bursary to help them on their way. We will also be promoting our nominated coaches throughout the North East, so it’s a great way to raise the profile of your clubs.

To make a nomination, please complete the short nomination form by clicking here: NOMINATE

You can also join in with the #PassOnYourPassion campaign on social media.


Focus Story

Hannah Cockroft MBE - 5X Paralympic GB Champion Wheelchair Racing - Supporter of PassOnYourPassion


Focus Story

Kadeena Cox - GB Olympian - First Olympic athlete since 1988 to get 2 gold medals in 2 different sports - Supporter of PassOnYourPassion


Workforce Database

In order for us to support our sporting workforce in Tyne & Wear, we would very much like it if you could take a few minutes to complete our new and improved registration form. The form requires no log in, no sign up and should take less than 2 minutes to complete. We would encourage all coaches and volunteers to register and receive a range of benefits and information which includes:

  • Paid employment opportunities
  • Qualifications & training courses
  • Funding information
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Receive TWS newsletters
  • Discount on selected courses, workshops & services and much more

click here to complete the form

For more information about our coaching and volunteer network, please contact the coaching development manager,


Volunteers are the driving force behind all community sport. They give their time, energy and commitment to making sport happen and to keep sport going.

Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes and are motivated to do so for many different reasons:

  • Love of sport
  • Share their skills and knowledge with others
  • Give back to the community
  • Event volunteers
  • Gain relevant experience for future employment opportunities
  • Make new friends
  • Stay active

If you would like to find out more about local volunteer opportunities in sport and activity, receive the latest volunteer news, keep up to date with event opportunities the Join our FREE volunteer database today.

To keep up to data with all the latest coaching and volunteering news, employment and volunteer vacancies, funding opportunities, please follow our Tyne & Wear sport ahead of the game Facebook page. 

Volunteer Match

Volunteer Match is a new system of matching local people with clubs and organisation who need volunteers to support the work that they do.

If your club/organisation needs help and would like to promote their volunteer opportunities then please get in touch with us. We will promote your opportunities for you, through our network to match volunteers with your club.

If you would like to register as a volunteer and receive regular update on local opportunities then sign up to our coaching and volunteer facebook page. 

For more information about volunteer match then please contact the coaching development manager on 0191 497 2325.

Coaching Bursary

The Tyne & Wear Sport Coach Bursary is open to anyone aged 14 and over, living in or coaching/volunteering/officiating in Tyne & Wear. We can fund up to 75% of a course cost (up to a maximum of £300). Terms & conditions apply. 

Successful applicants will be asked to:

  • Complete the full qualification 
  • Tell us about the positive impact the qualification will bring
  • Log voluntary hours (min of 10 hrs)
  • Evaluation via case study, video blog, questionnaire

Whilst all bursary applications will be considered we do have priority areas:

  • Women & Girls
  • working with inactive
  • Disabilities
  • BME
  • Low Socio-Economic

The next bursary will be open to applications on Monday 5th June 2017

The closing date for any bursary applications will be Friday 30th June 2017

If you have any queries in relation to this scheme, please contact the coaching development manager,

Terms and Conditions

To keep up to data with all the latest coaching and volunteering news, employment and volunteer vacancies, funding opportunities, please follow our Tyne & Wear sport ahead of the game Facebook page. 

Tyne and Wear Sport CoachMark

CoachMark is a accreditation scheme to verify that individuals meet the minimum standards to work in schools. The scheme provides schools/organisations employing coaches with the evidence that the minimum standards have been met.

CoachMark is FREE. To achieving your CoachMark status, please follow these 2 easy steps: 

  1. Sign up to our coaching and volunteer network.
  2. Upload the following:
  • UKCC, NGB or equivalent Level 2 coaching qualification (or above).
  • Disclosure & Barring Service Check (DBS).
  • Valid Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate.
  • Valid First aid qualification.
  • Appropriate insurance cover.

    3. CoachMark Achieved

Once achieved, you will be sent a confirmation email and your name and sport will be added to our online register, which is displayed on our Tyne & Wear Sport website. 

The benefits of being a CoachMark Coach:

  • Be a recognised standard amongst primary, secondary, SEN, colleges and universities.
  • Enhances employment opportunities for registered coaches.
  • Provides information about the latest funding and training opportunities.
  • Helps to raise the standard of coaching.

Tyne & Wear Sport does not accept any responsibility for coaches awarded on this programme. CoachMark will become invalid if at any time, coach qualification/certificate expires. Terms and conditions apply. 

For a list of CoachMark accredited coaches, please click here.


Continued Professional Development

Tyne & Wear Sport are committed to improving the quality of the sports coaching and volunteer workforce across Tyne and Wear and the North East. We work alongside coaches & volunteers, clubs, national governing bodies and our extensive partnership network to design and deliver a comprehensive education programme offering continued professional development opportunities at all levels.

North East Course Finder is the course booking system, detailing all courses, workshops and qualifications that will support you on your coaching pathway. You can search, book and pay for a variety of courses covering subject such as Safeguarding, First Aid and sport specific qualifications.

Emergency First Aid in Sport - all 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm

  • Thursday 27 April 2017, (Tyne Met College, Battle Hill Dr, Wallsend NE28 9NL)

for more details or to view all first aid courses, please click here.

Safeguarding & Protecting Children - all 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm

  • Monday 15th May 2017 (Benfield School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 4NU)

For more details or to view all Safeguarding & Protecting Children courses, please click here.

Behaviour Change Tactics - 6.30pm - 8.30pm

  • Tuesday 27th June 2017 (Tyne & Wear Sport, Parsons House, NE37 1EZ)

To book a place on this workshop please click here.


You can find the full range of courses available by following this link to the North East Course Finder system.

If you would like more information, help or support to find the right course for you, please contact our Coaching Development Manager on 0191 497 2325 .

Talent Coach Development

Tyne & Wear Sport is committed to offering support for coaches aspiring to work with talented athletes. We recently launched our Next Generation Talent Coaches Programme which looked to offer training to those individuals wishing to enter the talent coaching pathway. Check out the video for further information about the scheme. 

The Sports Coach UK Talent Foundation Series workshops are designed to follow the talent pathway models that up skills, knowledge and theory around the subject matter reflected in NGB talent pathways, club athlete development and personal coach development. 

The scUK Talent Foundation series provides:

  • practical coach development
  • an introduction to critical themes in talent development
  • a cross-sport community of practice for coaches through targeted information, research and discussion
  • training and development programme for governing body coaches in subject areas that sit outside their common development and qualification offers
  • Support to governing bodies/national organisations to identify current & future coaching talent.
  • What is Talent is the first workshop in the scUK Talent Foundation Series, providing insight on what is talent and the qualities that make a talented athlete.
  • A Head for Talent workshop looks at the mental side of athlete development, including growth mind set, insights into developing resilience and mental toughness.
  • Talent across the ages explores the biological, psychological and social characteristics of the stages of athlete development and how these need to be considered when developing your coaching sessions.
  • Getting better, better explores some of the key concepts and challenges in talent development. The workshop focuses on purposeful practice, skill development and constraints-led coaching.

 For more information please contact the coaching development manager

Unmissable-Youth insight

Sports coach UK and Sport England have been working together to support coaches in understanding the Youth Insight ‘The challenge of growing youth participation in sport’ and how this might be used to make sessions more engaging, attractive and meaningful for young people.

It is clear that there needs to be a focus on changing young people’s behaviour towards sport and being physically active, not their attitude to sport. If we can be successful in changing young people’s behaviours in sport then we are one step closer to achieving a lifelong habit of sport and physical activity.

To make your coaching sessions "Unmissable" you can read this guide and have a look at the YouTube video.