14th April 2021

The BRHA National Executive Committee and Advanced Hockey Development UK (AHDUK) are proud to announce their continued partnership by entering into a long-term agreement to deliver their leading coaching program as its recognised national certification.

The BRHA has opted to join our friends in the sport as one of several international organisations that is driving consistency and improving the overall standard of coaching to that offered previously. This is a significant milestone not only for us but for the history of inline hockey. Improving the standard of coaching, especially amongst our junior clubs, is of utmost importance to the long-term success of our organisation and the future of our sport as a whole.

Who does this affect?

The rule is simple. It is mandatory for teams with under 18’s in their roster to be certified to level 1 as a minimum. This applies across all age groups. There must be a minimum of one level 1 coach on the bench/pad at all times in order for the insurance policy to be valid.

Teams without under 18’s are still strongly encouraged to become certified in order to possess a base-level skill set in coaching a team. It is not only about drills; you will learn valuable skills in how to manage challenging situations, how to effectively run a bench on game day, and much more. Even for experienced coaches, a refresher will not do any harm, or just think of it as a good networking opportunity.

In addition to nationally sanctioned events, this is in effect across all BRHA regions including North Wales (Market Drayton), North West (Atherton), South (Bordon), South West (Plymouth), West (Market Drayton), and Yorkshire (Sheffield).

It is important to note that the validity of our insurance policy is linked to this program and is mandatory for some. Due to the importance of this matter, clubs found not adhering to this rule will be subject to disciplinary investigation and remedial action.

Why does this matter?

Quality trained coaches benefit hockey programs in many ways. Coaches who are confident in their abilities to work with players and coaches in the sport will be a valuable part of their players development and further improve the standard inter-club. As a result of this, your club will be more attractive to new players in the sport or players that may be looking for a new opportunity.

Course overview

For a coach to be deemed ‘qualified’ they will need to sit a minimum of two levels consisting of seven modules:

Level 1

> Module 1: Introduction to coaching inline hockey (2.5hr)

> Module 2: Delivering high quality training sessions (2.5hr)

> Module 3: Game day and bench management (2.5hr)

Level 2

> Module 4: Teaching effective checking in today’s game (2.5hr)

> Module 5: Developing hockey IQ (2.5hr)

> Module 6: Developing team play (2.5hr)

> Module 7: How to build a winning inline program (2.5hr)

Once the coach has completed all seven modules, the certification will be valid for ten (10) years from the date of passing the final module. They will need to attend a refresher session every two (2) years and within a six (6) month window of the due date – three (3) months either side.

Extra Points

Keep an eye out for complimentary pre-recorded webinars that will focus on various topics that, once completed, earn extra points towards your overall tally. Over time, points will mean prizes so be sure to remain engaged and attend as many of these extra sessions as you can.

Technical benefits

> Courses delivered using the latest coaching software: Hockey Coach Vision (HCV)

> Access to AHDUK coaching portal with HCV where coaches can access example practice plans

> Access to AHDUK’s CEP private members coaching group giving you a platform to interact with like-minded peers. Have a question or facing a challenge? This is your go-to!

> Free drill-of-the-week updates through our Facebook group where coaches can share ideas through cooperative learning encouraging further development

> Continued support and development with a free monthly 1-hour webinar on various subject matter

How much does it cost and how do I book?

The cost of each module is £20. Participants can book directly through Modules can be booked individually in any order and at a pace that suits. All modules will run on a cycle over a period of several weeks, so coaches just need to register themselves on a date that is convenient. We all have busy lives, right?

Once the booking is confirmed, an email will be sent to the address provided that will contain all of the relevant information you need to prepare for the session.

Reinvesting for the benefit of our members

£5 from each module is paid in commission to the BRHA, 100% of which is invested back into the league to help fund various initiatives that directly benefit its members. BRHA Limited is committed to providing its members with full transparency of its financial accounts. All regional executive committees have visibility of the national financial accounts, or this can be arranged upon request by emailing:

What is the process upon completion?

Upon completion of each module, participants will receive a certificate of attendance which will display their personal reference number. Following the completion of level 1 and level 2 respectively, participants should notify the BRHA and upload a copy of their module attendance certificates at Any additional modules or webinars taken thereafter must also follow the same process. It is important this step is completed in a timely manner this triggers a process within the BRHA and maintains the list of qualified coaches.

EIHA: Coaches wanting to use their EIHA level 1 or level 2 qualification can upload a copy to the same form:

Will you accept any other coaching certification?

Holding a rigorous coaching certification is paramount. As this coaching program is based on EIHA’s coaching program, the BRHA will accept EIHA level 1 and level 2 certification only. All registered coaching staff have the opportunity to complete this course if they already hold EIHA level 1 or level 2. but all modules must be completed in full in order to attain BRHA level 1 and level 2 certification.

Who can I contact with questions?

As ever, the BRHA National Executive Committee is on hand to help answer your questions by emailing: Alternatively, contact your regional executive committee via the normal channels

Who is AHDUK?

Advanced Hockey Development UK is continually proven to be an industry leader for delivering high quality coach development workshops and hockey camps.

> Team of qualified instructors educated to IIHF Level 3/EIHA Level 5

> UK Preparing to Teach in the Learning sector level 4 (PTLS)

> Attended IIHF Technical Director course – 2010 in Vierumaki, Finland.

> IIHF International Coach Seminars– 2006 – 2008 – 2010 – 2012 – 2014 – 2016 – 2018 - 2019

> Attended at several IIHF high performance and development camps.

> Attended the Danish Ice Hockey Federations U16/U17 National team selection camp.

> Over 15 years’ experience delivering coach education courses and workshops.

> Over 25 years’ coaching experience as head coach at all levels from Learn to Play (LTP) to Professional Semi pro leagues and National teams.

> Held the position of Technical Director of the Coach Education Program for the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA).

> Ability to design and deliver bespoke coach and development packages that meet our client’s requirements.

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