Coaching and Officiating

Each season Scottish Student Sport works closely with Scottish sport governing bodies & our own Sports Development Groups to provide a variety of development opportunities for coaching and officiating.



Working with partners across the sector we’re able to provide introductory officiating courses specifically designed for students. Reffin’ Brilliant, supported by sportscotland, provides students from across Scotland the opportunity to attend subsidised training courses across a range of sports.

All of our sports rely on trained officials to ensure that competition can take place – therefore becoming an official is a great way of helping more students, become more active, more often. It is also a brilliant way to develop your CV, maintain your own fitness and develop your own skill-set.

Since 2015/16 we have support over 700 students to complete an officiating course in 14 different sports. Please follow our social media channels as well as keeping in regular contact with your Sports Union/Department for details of upcoming sports.

Notes of interest from SGB’s or any other questions should be directed to our Learning & People Coordinator.


We also provide a number of coaching opportunities throughout the year through our national squad’s programme, in which coaches and assistant coaches can lead a student team in national competition alongside appointed team managers. We also ensure we’re profiling the success of other coaches within the Scottish Student Sport network through social media and our podcast, such as our recent conversation with University of Stirling FC Performance Coach Chris Geddes, and through various case studies and best practices.

Please see a bank of resources for you to draw from:

Coaching Information and Links
Coaching Multi Level GroupsVideo Coaching varied skill levels by street soccerActify
Article 4 Step Guide to Coaching Several Abilities 4 step guide to coaching players of different abilities (
Article 10 ways to coach teams with varied needs. 10 Ways to Coach Teams with a Wide-Range of Player Needs (
Low Confidence CoachingArticle Coaching self-confidence through sport Coaching Self-Confidence in Sport: An Evidence Based Approach. - WG COACHING
ArticleSeven Steps to make an athlete more confident 7 STRATEGIES TO HELP YOUR ATHLETE BE MORE CONFIDENT (
Article Building Self Confidence through sport Building Self-Confidence in Sport - BelievePerform - The UK's leading Sports Psychology Website
How to conduct a fair trial Free PDF A guide to good trials A Guide to Running Good Trials and Selection Processes - Balance is Better
Empathetic CoachingArticle The power of empathy in sport The Power of Empathy in Sports | Sport Psychology Movement Institute (
Article Empathy Driven Coaching Empathy Driven Coaching in Sports – Sarah Majid
Article Why is Empathy your coaching super power Why Empathy Is Your Coaching Superpower | MOJO Sports
Coaching during examsArticle Understanding Stress in both Coaches and Students Understanding the Stress Model - UK Coaching
Article Coaching while your stressed with exams (for those student coaches) 10 Stress Management Techniques for Sport Coaches | Ohio University
The influence of coachingVideo Role Models Actify
Coaching mindsetArticle Coach the athletes you have Coach the Athletes You Have (Mindset, Personality, and Sport) (
Article Coaching Mindset Having a Coaching Mindset | TrainingPeaks
Growth MindsetVideo Growth Mindset (14) Developing a Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck - YouTube
Video Growth Mindset ‘The Power of Believing you can Improve’
Coaching your peersArticle The power of Coaching your Peers The Surprising Power of Peer Coaching (
Coaching Inclusivity VideoThe Tri Group- Coaching Sessions that work for EveryoneActify
Nutrition Article Nutrition and Hydration for Physical Activity Nutrition and Hydration for Physical Activity - UK Coaching
ArticleUnderstanding the Role of the Coach in Nutrition Understanding the Role of the Coach in Nutrition - UK Coaching
Article Choices When Eating Out: Finding Healthy Fast Food Choices When Eating Out: Finding ‘Healthy’ Fast Food - UK Coaching
Article What is Food Literacy and Why is it Important?What is Food Literacy and Why is it Important? - UK Coaching
Performance vs Participation Articles ITF: Document
LTA: Document
Book Coaching Students In Sport Sport Coaching Concepts: A framework for coaching practice - John Lyle, Chris Cushion - Google Books
Training with your menstrual cycle PodcastThe not so fit couple podcast (relaxed) The Not So Fit Couple Podcast: How to train WITH your menstrual cycle NOT against it on Apple Podcasts
The Not So Fit Couple Podcast: Women are NOT Mini Men, Period Training Hacks & Stress Management with the Food Medic on Apple Podcasts
Podcast28ish Days Later: BBC Radio 4: Episode 3 Endrometriosis and Episode 8 Hack it to win itBBC Radio 4 - 28ish Days Later, Welcome to 28ish Days Later
The Science Behind Training Video Natasha Oceane: Science Explained Playlist (Simple to Digest) Natacha Océane - YouTube
Podcast Huberman Lab Podcast (Complex) Welcome to the Huberman Lab Podcast - Huberman Lab
Scottish Disability Sport CatalogIntroduction to Inclusive PracticeIntroduction to Inclusive Practice (
The Open University CoursesHealth, Sports and Psychology Health, Sports & Psychology - All content - OpenLearn - Open University
Insurance and AdminWhen coaches start out on their coaching journey, it is important to look into what cover is needed to undertake coaching activities. Often your employer will cover you but you must check in advance. This must be re-checked each time you coach in a different set up and be clear if there are differences within your primary club role i.e. if you travel to a game or event with your team vs weekly training sessions. At SSS we use Gallagher Insurance and they are very helpful and knowledgeable and they may be able to assist you with any questions you have. The same set of guidelines applies to officials, you must also check with the person employing you to officiate a game if they are insuring you and if not seek your own cover, plus be clear if the cover needs to be altered for different levels or matches/ leagues.
It is important that all coaches, and officials, keep a file of all their qualifications, ensure they are kept up to date and any SGB subscriptions are paid annually, plus any coaching add-ons completed periodically. You may need to redo your first aid every few years for instance so noting down when things need to happen is necessary. Most SGCs will have an online portal where all your info is saved and reminders are sent so it is your responsibility to login periodically and ensure nothing is up for renewal and no reminders have been sent.



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