Foreign Coaches

If you are now resident in the UK and a coach wanting to bring your expertise to England there are some procedures we need you to go through to make sure we’ve dotted the i’s and crossed all the t’s. We want the best coaches to coach our players, so we’re excited for coaches with experience in different countries to use that here in England once they are resident.

There are a few documents below we need you to send over to us so we can process the admin stuff and make sure you’re imparting all your knowledge as quickly as possible:

1.    Copy of the highest coaching certificate issued by your own basketball federation
2.    A curriculum vitae with details of your coaching experience
3.    A reference from your club you have coached in previously
4.    Copy of the course content you have completed to achieve your certificate

Once you have all of these, please send to our coaching team and we will review them at HQ and let you know the outcome.

Then all you need to do is pay a fee of £35 for our level 2 coaching award and register as a coach for the current season. This can be done through our online registration system.

Once we have all of this, we can add you to our coaches database and send out your Level 2 certificate.

This process is for coaches wanting to coach in schools and clubs. If you’re looking for full time employment as a coach – this is a bit different. Details of the immigration process can be found in the National League part of the site.

Below are a few pointers coaches and people appointing coaches from oversees should have a look at – just to make sure you’re good to go before you send all your documents in to us.
•    All coaches should have a valid basketball coach award, first aid qualification, safeguarding young people accreditation and if possible, request a disclosure of their criminal record from the country they have been living in. The procedure for obtaining this varies, so please read the advice on the DBS website for coaches arriving from overseas. American coaches should contact their local police force as the procedure varies State to State. This procedure should be in addition to obtaining a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure as soon as possible.

•    No school or club should employ or allow any coach to work unless they meet the above criteria. LEA's and Local Authorities will insist on the required checks prior to allowing coaching from any coach or Foreign Nationals.
Child protection, DBS checks and licensing
For information on how to apply for a valid DBS disclosure so you can work with players ages 18 and under, go to our advice on how to register.

If you’re looking for a safeguarding course, Sportscoach UK offer many of these, including specific ones related to sport. You can also contact your County Sports Partnership to find out how they can help you to  gain access to these types of courses.