Become a Coach

Coaches are essential for teaching and developing players at every level of badminton – without coaches, the sport would simply not exist in the way it does today.

To give their players the best advantage, coaches must be aware of the latest techniques and philosophies involved in coaching the game. Below, you can see BADMINTONscotland’s pathway for coach development.



Developing confident and proficient coaches is a key priority for Badminton Scotland. Our Coach Education courses have been devised to educate and empower coaches to be the best that they can be.

It doesn’t just end with our coaching qualifications. We also offer coaches the opportunity to continue their professional development through our suite of 3 hour workshops which will delve deeper into specific, technical skills required to be a well-rounded coach.

Please visit the 'Coaching Courses and Pathway' and the 'Coaching CPD' sections of our website for further information.

Candidates can apply to Sportscotland for a subsidy towards UKCC qualifications. Follow the link here to apply for subsidy. Sportscotland UKCC Subsidy

The pre-requisites for Level 1 are Badminton Basics and a Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate.  Local authority and leisure trusts deliver frequent courses throughout the year, see here for more details.  You can also complete an online workshop by following the link here. 

Guidelines / Info

BADMINTONscotland has undertaken a review of the employment and deployment of its coaches and tutors in conjunction with sportscotland.

As a result of this, all coaches and tutors are required to complete and return a declaration that they are self-employed. As of April 2011 no payments will be authorised without this form.

Please note the following:

  • Self-employed coaches and tutors have the right to hire someone else – suitably qualified – to carry out the work on their behalf or to hire additional help at their own expense.
  • Under the terms of self-employment, if the coach or tutor is unable or unwilling to carry out the work personally, they are obliged to send someone else to do it. The substitute coach or tutor must be suitably qualified.
    • Self-employed coaches and tutors will be paid an agreed rate.
    • Self-employed coaches and tutors are responsible for providing all equipment.
  • Self-employed coaches and tutors are not paid for travel to the session, but can claim this through tax relief (see for details).
  • BADMINTONscotland strongly advises coaches and tutors to go to the HMRC website for full details of self-employment status;

Child Protection

All coaches should be aware of the Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy. Please click here for all relevant information and forms.

Get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved in badminton, from coaching to volunteering.

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