Are you a veteran who would like to pass on your love of sport to others and help the Armed Forces community in your local area?  

Our Coaching Academy gives you the chance to develop amazing new skills and gain useful qualifications to do just that. 

Run in collaboration with national governing bodies and coaching organisations, the year-long course will teach you how to coach your sport of choice. 

From there, you’ll be able to use your knowledge and passion to make a difference by helping others become active and more confident in sport. 


From swimming to surfing, basketball to badminton - whatever sport you love, you can learn to share your passion by training to become a sports coach.  

Applications open during May and your course will take 6 – 12 months to complete. 

Should your application be successful, you’ll need to attend an induction and one face-to-face learning weekend. From here there’ll be a mix of both online and face to face learning.  

During your training, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way and can help you to find local opportunities to build your sports coaching experience.  


Lynseys story

Once you’ve achieved your qualification, you’ll be ready to deliver inclusive sessions at Help for Heroes club and sporting events in your community. Like Lynsey, who attended the coaching academy in 2021:

“I got involved in sports to regain some control over my life, as well as my mental and physical health. 

“I’m now also a qualified level-one archery coach, which means I can lead beginners’ courses and encourage people in the RAF, wider military, and veterans’ charity communities to take up the sport and get as much joy from it as I have.”  

Read Lynsey's story

Ready to take the next step?

If you're new to Help for Heroes and would like to join the coaching academy, you'll need to go through our ask for help process. No stress, our friendly support team will be in touch, and they'll help you get signed up. 

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