Merton PE Coach Academy

The Borough of Merton aims to become a great ‘Borough of Sport’ and this must begin with the strong foundation of a well-trained workforce to deliver fun and engaging physical activities to our young people; setting them up to develop a lifelong love of being active and healthy. There is a need in Merton for more qualified sports coaches to deliver physical activity, PE and Sport to children within our schools and community. More activity in these settings will increase opportunities for children (and in turn their families) to improve their health and wellbeing and develop a love of sport and physical activity for life.

With funding support provided by Merton Civic Pride for academic year 2023-24, the Merton School Sports Partnership is delighted to announce the creation of the Merton PE Coach Academy. The first year of the project will support up to twenty-four Tooting and Mitcham FC second year BTEC students to become qualified and confident primary PE specialist coaches through the completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity.

Please click here to view Level 3 Course Overview: Level 3 Certificate Spec - Sept 23


As part of the Level 3 programme, students will undertake a  series of classroom based theory modules lead by specialist trained MSSP tutors and QTS staff throughout the academic year that are specifically designed to help them develop their confidence and ability as coaches who can support or deliver primary PE and physical activity. This combined with managed work placements in our primary schools, alongside teachers and PE Specialists, will provide Merton PE Coach Academy students with vital real world PE teaching experience.

Through engaging with the Merton PE Coach Academy, we are confident that our students will receive the support and experience needed to help prepare them for the workplace, and help ensure the next generation of Merton school students will receive good quality coaching which inspires them to enjoy being active for life.

We are already looking to expand our operations to be able to offer the chance for students from external organisations across South West London to join the Merton PE Coach Academy for next academic year, starting in September 2024. If you are therefore interested in finding more information about this opportunity and joining the Merton PE Coach Academy next year, please email the team at

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