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Coach and Officials Academy

Players from ARU Men's Basketball team discussing strategy on the indoor court

Get experience of sports coaching, umpiring or refereeing with our Coach Academy and Officials Academy.

Coach Academy

Our Coach Academy provides opportunities for ARU students to gain valuable skills and experience in real-life settings.

Each apprentice will fulfil the role of an Assistant Coach in one of our sports clubs, an external collaborator, or PE teaching assistant at a local school.

You will need to commit to delivering a weekly training session during term-time throughout semester 1 and 2, and in return you will receive a package of support. Students will be supported financially to gain a National Governing Body coaching qualification, with further support to secure coaching experience with some internal and external collaborators. We also offer a PE Teaching Assistant role at The Stephen Perse Foundation Senior School.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain new qualifications and develop valuable skills, which are sought by future employers.

A sports coach in the ARU sports hall Find out more about the Coach Academy

Join the Team ARU Coach Academy

Find out how you can build your coaching and leadership skills and gain real-life experience and coaching qualifications with the Coach Academy.

How to apply for the Coach Academy
Q&A with Coach Academy member Becks Archibald

Officials Academy

The Officials Academy is a programme designed to support the development of students who'd like to gain more experience umpiring or refereeing.

Whether you're new to officiating with no current qualifications, or a seasoned umpire or referee, we've got opportunities for you to continue your development. We can provide access to courses and paid officiating opportunities. For further information email [email protected]