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S&C Instructor Development Course (IDC) 2015 – 16

Learn and develop career based skills as a professional strength and conditioning coach through a one year Instructor Development Course (IDC) based at Harlequin FC.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the successful candidates to;

  • Shadow and learn from leading UK strength and conditioning professionals.
  • Experience and learn from back room staff discussions and interdisciplinary planning.
  • Develop technical and practical conditioning skills through a mixture of theoretical and practical coaching environments.
  • Experience the pre match tension and the preparation required to perform on match day at the stoop.
  • Get hands on experience with the senior playing squad or academy development squad.
  • Learn and become qualified with the highest regarded qualifications in the health and fitness and strength and conditioning industry.
  • Enhance your coaching and employability.

To accelerate learning, development and application of key conditioning skills and methodology the successful candidates will be exposed to a full package of professional development which include:


Tutor Team

Gareth Hall – Sport981 Director – Tutor Team Lead

Chris Wooley – Sport981 Tutor – GB Olympic Team – Bobsleigh Sports Science and Medicine Lead

Dave Sawyer – Sport981 Tutor – GB Olympic Team – Weightlifting

Ed Parker – Sport981 Tutor -S&C lead – LTA/Mytennis High Performance Centre

Jared Deacon – Sport981 Tutor – UK Athletics – Speed/Sprints S&C Coach

Dr Kate Hays – Sport981 Tutor -Sport Psychology, GB Olympic Team – British Diving

Nick Ward – Sport981 Tutor -National S&C Lead – England Golf

Tim Stevenson – Sport981 Tutor -GB Paralympic Team – Track and Swimming



Each student will have the opportunity to gain a close working relationship with the lead coach as group numbers are kept small. Onsite personalised mentoring will take place on a weekly basis and at the culmination of each term each student will receive a feedback session detailing successes and areas for on-going development as part of the wider development process.

30 advanced Sport981 workshops

Beginning where the knowledge and skills of the certifications end, these advanced workshops are firmly established as the ‘core’ component within the overall development of our aspiring coaches. A staggering 30 two hour workshops have been developed specifically to target key attributes and skills which we believe are essential in the pursuit of becoming a well-rounded and successful strength and conditioning coach. Each small group workshop has been strategically placed within a syllabus so that they run in line with certification content to complement learning as a progressive way to continue building on your prior acquired knowledge. Topics and skills development in the latest methodologies associated with strength, speed, endurance, and movement are covered in depth in addition to a host of additional specialist subjects such as LTAD, prehab and late stage rehab applications.

National Academy of Sports Medicine certificates;

Certified personal trainer (NASM CPT)

Performance enhancement specialist (NASM PES)

Corrective exercise specialist (NASM CES)

Advanced weekend workshops

Run several times throughout the year, these two day workshops are packed with content to enhance your competency as a coach to get performance results that actually improve athletic ability. Each weekend is run by a senior Sport981 instructor that has years if not decades of performance enhancement coaching under their belt. The senior instructors will be active in the industry and will work with Olympic and professional athletes and have a speciality in a particular area of strength and conditioning with which they will share with you. In addition to traditional topics, these workshops will also showcase interdisciplinary approaches such as Olympic team GB sports psychologist Dr Kate Hays on understanding coaching behaviour and how to get the most out of your athletes.

Accreditation support- NSCA – UKSCA – ASCA

With an influx of international students learning with us and aspirations of UK coaches to work overseas, it is important that you choose to work towards the conditioning body that best represents your needs as a coach and is recognised in your chosen place of work. The coaching competency standards and development programme entwined with the year-long course will support you toward the final accrediting body exam of your choice.

Location details

Your conditioning and majority of workshops will be held onsite at the Harlequin training grounds located at Surrey Sports Park, Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, GU2 7AD.

Occasional attendance for pre-match and match day opportunity will be offered at the Stoop, Langhorn Drive, Twickenham TW2 7SX.

Your travel cost and accommodation if required is not covered in the course costs and will be self-funded.

Delivery hours

The programme is split into four phases + an orientation and upfront learning days.

1st & 2nd June – Programme intro – and two day education intensive.

Mon 15th – Fri 19th June – 1 week orientation with the club for senior squad candidates only.

Phase One: Monday 22nd June – Friday 18th September

Phase Two: Monday 21st September – Friday 18th Dec

Phase Three: Monday 21st December – Friday 18th March

Phase Four: Monday 21st March – Friday 27th May

Senior squad placement – Course content is delivered through average access to the club 3 days per week per term with occasional Wednesday access for increased CPD development, advanced workshops, mentoring and feedback sessions. .

Additional access to pre match and match day support will be made available.

Academy squad placement – Course content is delivered through average access to the club through a mixture of one day camp dates and regular squad sessions on a Monday evening from September to April inclusive and occasional Wednesday access for increased CPD development, advanced workshops, mentoring and feedback sessions.

Additional access to individual player support and rehab protocol will be made available when opportunity arises. Match day fixtures will run on a Friday and Saturday. Access to match day experience will also be offered.

Camp dates

July: 13, 14, 16 20, 21, 23 27, 28, 29 Aug: 3, 4, 6 10, 11, 13 17, 18, 20 Oct: 26, 27, 29 Dec: 21, 22 Feb: 15, 16, 17 April: 4, 5, 7.

Note: Please be aware, this is information is provided as a guideline. This is a professional club in a high performance environment. As such training demand and schedules may alter to suit to requirements of players and performance objectives to meet game demands. Flexibility is required to get the most of this opportunity.

To enhance learning and maximise the application of course text it is assumed all candidates will allocate additional time to distance learning/self-study periods.

Education and support fees

Fees can be paid, in full, or in manageable instalments throughout the course duration. Course fees include all workshops, course materials, mentoring, assessments and exams.

Instalment option:

  • Instalment 1 – Wednesday 18th May – £2000
  • Instalment 2 – Thurs 18th August – £1100
  • Instalment 3 – Thurs 17th Nov – £800
  • Instalment 4 – Thurs 16th Feb – £500

(Terms and conditions apply)

Total education fees £ 4400

For an informal discussion and further information contact sport981 on 0115 9654841 or email

Important information

Enrolment onto the Instructor Development Course would assume all coaching experience related activities are voluntary and non-paid. They are provided as an opportunity to apply guided theoretical knowledge to live environments, build coaching skills and gain feedback from your course mentors.

The successful candidates will be expected to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check.