Coaching: Syllabus

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The aims of the courses run by the WPA for members to become qualified coaches are:

  • To raise the profile of Pétanque coaching in Wales.
  • To produce a Pétanque Coaching course recognised by the Sport Wales.
  • To provide a clear Coaching Pathway for our members to become Club Coaches.
  • To achieve a minimum of a Club Coach in every member club.
  • Give continuing training to qualified coaches.
  • Provide opportunities to learn from overseas coaches.

The three grades are aligned to the levels of training outlined by the FIPJP that specifies the skills a coach should have.

Club Coach (Grade 3)

The course involves two one-day sessions consisting of lectures and practical assessments, and a number of actual training sessions organised and run by the candidates.

The course syllabus is arranged into the following four modules:

Module 1 – How and What to Coach

This requires the candidate to have an understanding and be able to demonstrate the main techniques of identifying the requirements of a coaching session.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate their ability to organise a coaching session by demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the requirements needed to organise a practical session, to organise the coaching facility, of how to coach and to be able to coach using good observation skills.

Module 2 – Sport Leadership

This requires the candidate to have an understanding of and be able to demonstrate the main techniques of organising and undertaking a coaching session.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate their ability to organise a coaching session by demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the requirements needed to select a venue and running the course to it’s conclusion.

Module 3 – Basic Coaching Skills

This requires the candidate to have an understanding of and be able to demonstrate the main techniques of undertaking a coaching session.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake a coaching session by demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the sport of pétanque and to be able to deliver this knowledge in a clear and friendly manner using good examples and to be able to give positive feedback.

Module 4 – Coach Assessment

This requires the candidate to have an understanding of and be able to demonstrate the main concepts of post-session analysis.

The candidate is required to identify the key areas of a successful session and maintain a continuous record of achievement. The candidate must also be able to demonstrate the ability to be reflective about the session and record these observations for continual improvement.

Regional Coach (Grade 2)

The course structure and content for this level are currently under development.

It is intended that a coach qualified to this level will be able to:

  • Schedule annual training plans, based around competitions
  • Arrange training sessions specific to particular levels of players
  • Have a good knowledge of coaching principles and techniques
  • Have knowledge of preparing players physically and mentally for competition
  • Assess and record players using observation tools
  • Lead coaching groups
  • Conduct training of Club Coaches

Senior Coach (Grade 1)

The course structure and content for this level are currently under development.

It is intended that a coach qualified to this level will be able to:

  • Lead teams during competitions
  • Analyse and evaluate game situations
  • Have an in-depth knowledge of coaching principles and techniques
  • Establish and use criteria and methods of selection
  • Develop strategies and policies for coaching at the national level for diverse player groups
  • Conduct training of Club and Regional Coaches

Our member clubs are encouraged to apply for grants from Sport Wales to cover the costs of their members undertaking coaching courses run by the WPA.

To find out more, and how to apply for a Community Chest grant, please follow this link to the Sport Wales web site.