Coaching Fees (suggested levels)

Fee structure for coaching.

The next and long overdue stage in coach progress in the UK is to set and charge levels of remuneration that should be charged for coaching services.  All support staff charge athletes for their services and coaches have been remiss in not doing so.  Despite the fact that coaching may not be the main job, at any level, coaching should and must be professional.  Volunteer coaches are not only doing themselves a huge dis-service but also not helping our sport to move into the 21st century.  BACA will of course never tell coaches what to do, rather advise them on the path to satisfaction and the status they so richly deserve

Below are guidelines for individual, group and club coaching.  These are what may rightly be expected from participants for the services provided at the various levels of our work, the ‘rate for the job’

Suggested fees for the different levels of coaching.

Generally, coaching can be divided into 4 levels above that of the novice who has just entered the sport.  Suggestions for individual and group charges are listed.

1]            Athletics helper (fitness and preparatory);                                                                                        Group: –               £15 –   £30 p.h.

2]            Entry level event and Strength and Conditioning;    Ind: –                    £15 –   £30 per hour      Group: –               £50 –   £80 p.h.

3]            Club/School event speciality;                                    Ind: –                    £30 –   £50 per hour      Group: –               £80 –   £100 p.h.

4]            National/Area level;                                                  Ind: –                    £50 –   £100 per hour    Group: –               £100 – £150 p.h.

5]           International/Major competition level ((generally, negotiated))

                                                                                                   Ind: –                     £100+ per hour           Group: –               £150 – £250 p.h.  


The above roughly equate to the generally accepted level 1 to 4 coaching qualifications (beyond that of ‘helper’ level) that have been in existence in the UK for nearly 20 years.  The current system is muddled and ill-defined and one job that the BACA can assist with, is to make sure the system is clearly defined and understandable as well as being related to the different levels of knowledge needed to coach throughout the sport.

Legitimate coaching qualifications are an absolute requirement to be allowed to coach.  This means every coach must adhere to the Code of Conduct and Welfare policies of our sport, but it also means that those policies must protect the coaches.

Your Time.

Remember this is your time !  Do not be shy to ask for payment, all other support services do and also most coaches in other sports.  Ask around about Martial Arts, Tennis, Rugby, Football, Cricket, fitness and cross-training.  Even lowly qualified ‘personal trainers’ are rewarded handsomely for their efforts, so why not Track and Field coaches ?

Mike Winch