FRA Coaching Courses 2020

What Coaching Courses does the FRA offer?

The FRA offers two coaching courses in association with England Athletics / British Athletics. These are:

Fell & Trail LEADERSHIP in Running Fitness (FT LiRF)
Fell & Trail COACH in Running Fitness (FT CiRF)

Both courses are equivalent in level to the England Athletics / British Athletics standard LiRF / CiRF with the same licence and insurance cover but with a focus on off-road running. The FT LiRF is an introductory award designed for those who primarily work with adults/young people over the age of 12 who enjoy off-road recreational running for fitness and health. Potential candidates may work within a Running Club of a Community based running group. The FT CiRF is the more advanced course providing a full coaching qualification.

FT LiRF - a one-day course providing the tools and techniques and UK Athletics insurance cover to take groups running off-road. It covers why people run, warm-up, main session and cool down structure, introductory drills, uphill and downhill running technique and essential safety precautions. It includes practical demonstration, an introduction to energy systems and training planning. There is no candidate assessment required to complete the FT LiRF award.
N.B. if leading runners between the ages of 12-18 this must be under the supervision of a Licensed FT CiRF / CiRF as a minimum.

FT CiRF - a 5-day course comprising two weekends and an assessment day. It prepares an individual to coach athletes for running off-road and includes an exam and a practical assessment. It focuses on the ‘how-to’ skills of coaching including process (i.e. instruction, explanation, demonstration, observation, analysis, feedback and review), extended use of drills, off-road running technique and planning a training programme.

N.B. The FT CiRF award takes 1-day longer than the standard CiRF to complete due to the additional competences required to coach in the fell and trail running off-road environment.

Course schedule for 2020

(Application forms will be download-able when course details have been finalised)

Fell & Trail LEADERSHIP in Running Fitness (FT LiRF)

Course codeDateVenue
FT LiRF 5623-02-20KendalApplication form
FT LiRF 5721-03-20Longshaw near SheffieldApplication formPOSTPONED
FT LiRF 5826-04-20Lyme Park near StockportApplication formPOSTPONED
FT LiRF 5903-05-20North CumbriaPOSTPONED

Fell & Trail COACH in Running Fitness (FT CiRF)

Course codeDatesVenue
CiRF 16Weekend 1 07/08-03-20 Lickey Hills near BirminghamApplication form
Weekend 2 09/10-05-20Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge
Assessment Day 30-05-20Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge
CiRF 17Weekend 1 06/07-06-20KendalApplication form
Weekend 2 27/28-06-20Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge
Assessment Day 06-09-20Mytholmroyd near Hebden Bridge

Application for a Coaching Course

Click on the link next to your chosen course to download the application form in Word format. Please note - all coaching course applications must be sent by post. Please ensure that the full application document is enclosed together with a photo which meets the following criteria:-

o White background
o Photo paper
o 45mm (height) by 35mm (width)
o Cannot be cut down from a larger photo

Course Viability

Both the FT LiRF and FT CiRF courses are subject to minimum and maximum attendance levels to ensure quality learning environments are provided; these are: FT CiRF 12 / 24 FT CiRF 12 / 20

If the lower cut-off levels are not reached (including receipt of full course payment) 10-days prior to the course start date then that course may be cancelled.

In the event of a course having already reached capacity when you apply your name will be held on a reserve list or you will be offered the opportunity to transfer your registration to a subsequent course.

N.B. UK Athletics require all participants entering the Leadership/Coaching Pathway to complete the online 'Safeguarding in Athletics' course as part of the licencing process (at a cost of £10). The course and information are available via the Athletics Hub at:

Any questions, please contact Nigel Hetherington
FRA Coaching and Education Coordinator
07938 921045