How to become a cycling coach
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- getting specialist training from an industry body
There is no set entry route to become a professional cycle coach but getting a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a sports-related subject like sports science could give you an advantage.
If you're a competitive cyclist, you could do a foundation degree in cycling performance or cycling studies.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can work towards this role by starting with an intermediate apprenticeship as a community activator coach.
This apprenticeship is recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can develop your coaching skills through volunteering.
British Cycling has details on how you can get involved with your local club, coaching and cycling events. There are opportunities in road and track racing, BMX and mountain biking.
You can do training through a professional body like British Cycling, who offer qualifications in coaching. For example:
- Level 1 Foundation Award in Coaching Cycling
- Level 2 Certificate in Developing your Coaching
- Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Cycling - for working with individual riders and planning detailed training programmes
Bursaries or grants may be available to help you train as a cycling coach.
You can find out more about becoming a cycling coach and coaching qualifications from British Cycling and Cycling UK.