IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Youth Pole Sports

“Prepare for, deliver and review safe pole sports coaching sessions for children from the ages of 5-17.”

The IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Youth Pole Sports qualifies the candidate to coach children independently and enables them to plan a series of linked coaching sessions. There will still be a significant focus on the “How to” skills of coaching children.  A number of new technical elements will be introduced that are specific to the instructions and development of coaching children in pole sports. There is a greater focus on safe coaching as well as technical coaching. You will also develop a greater understanding of the physical and psychological demands of pole sports on children and how this impacts on your coaching.

Who is this course designed for?

Existing pole fitness and pole sports instructors and coaches who have a good physical, practical and educational level of understanding in the delivery of safe and effective coaching and teaching sessions.  

What level does the level 2 certificate qualify me to do?

On successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Youth Pole Sports, learners will be qualified to coach youth athletes independently and should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and deliver safe and equitable youth pole sports coaching sessions
  • Demonstrate an ability to review participant’s needs when planning and delivering a series of linked and progressive coaching sessions
  • Demonstrate an ability to self-reflect and use feedback from others
  • Promote and establish working relationships and high standards of behaviour with all athletes, coaches, parents and officials in the overall development of pole sports
  • Use (at extra cost) the IPSF proficiency levels designed by the IPSF in order to teach the fundamental basics of pole in preparation for learning the moves from the Code of points. This 10 level syllabus has over 250 moves and is only reserved for IPSF certified Youth Coaches

What are the Pre-requites to attend the course?

Candidates are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age on the first day of the course
  • Hold a minimum of Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology course including warm up and cool down techniques
  • Minimum of one years teaching/coaching pole
  • To be fit and healthy to participate and teach in practical sessions

How is the course delivered?

The IPSF Level 2 Certificate in Youth Coaching will be delivered fully online. It will be split into the following phases:

Phase 1 - Pre-course task - To observe and shadow a youth sports coach to observe different styles and techniques of coaching youth athletes and participants. To collate information about health and informed consent forms.       

Phase 2 - Course study - Complete the online study of the learning materials and pass the quizzes to test the level of understanding.

Phase 3 - Assessment preparation – Understanding the important of session planning

Phase 4 - Case study - a choice of two different issues children may have.

Phase 5 - Written assessment - Multiple choice assessments to include questions on all elements of the coaching course.

Phase 6 - Practical assessment - Delivery of the practical video assessment to include a beginner session.

Throughout the taught programme the theoretical “How to” skills of coaching children are threaded through the technical skills, both by discussion and practical sessions.  As a result you will have many opportunities to ask questions and receive feedback on your youth coaching skills that you have learnt. .

Successful candidates that achieve 80% pass rate or more will receive a certificate.

Course objectives

On successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Youth Pole Sports, learners will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of:

 - Generic coaching skills
 - Youth specific coaching skills
 - Coach and performer/athlete development

 - Recreational pole sports coaching skills
 - Youth nutrition and hydration
 - Mental preparation
 - Health and safety
 - Working with parents, attitudes and ethics

Demonstrate an ability to identify and adapt Pole Sports activities and sessions for a variety of different abilities and age groups

Demonstrate an awareness of further personal development opportunities in Pole Sports, including Level 3 coaching, strength training and judging


The course includes:

  • Internationally recognised qualification/certification
  • IPSF Level 2 Certificate Safeguarding and Protection in Sport 
  • Access to the IPSF Youth Pole Proficiency levels 1-10 (Structured training awards for children)
  • Listing on ]the IPSF Register

All candidates will receive high quality downloadable resources to support the qualification.  These will include an induction pack, online study material, downloadable resources to support the core learning outcomes and IPSF Syllabus

Booking & Cost

Online cost - £299

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to the IPSF Level 2 Youth Pole Sports Coaching Course

    • Level 2 Coaching Youth Pole Sports Induction Pack online

    • Pre- Course Tasks

    • Pre-Course Tasks Upload

  • 2

    Safeguarding Course Downloads

    • Factsheet

    • Safeguarding Scenario

    • Safeguarding Glossary

  • 3


    • Unit 1 - Introduction

    • Unit 1 - Introduction Continued

    • Unit 1 - Quiz

    • Unit 2

    • Unit 2 - Quiz

    • Unit 3

    • Unit 3 - Quiz

    • Unit 4 -

    • Unit 4 - Quiz

    • Unit 5 -

    • Unit 5 - Quiz

    • Unit 6 -

    • Unit 6 - Quiz

  • 4

    Safeguarding Written Exam

    • Safeguarding Multiple Choice Written Assessment

  • 5

    Youth Coaching

    • Unit 3b - Cool Down

About the instructor


Katie Coates

KT has been a major influence in the pole  industry for over  20 years and is a pioneer and leading authority in  the push to get Pole Sports recognised as a sport and eventual inclusion into the Olympic Games. She has also been a  leading figure in pole training and coaching programmes, creating the  fist fitness programme for pole and now the first coaching programmes for pole.  She has be instrumental in raising  health and safety standards within the pole community from both a  coaching and competition perspective. As President, Katie oversees the Federations, Competitions, Trainings and Marketing  committees as well as co-ordinating the day to day tasks associated with  running of the IPSF.

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