This course provides a comprehensive introduction to autism, focusing on the delivery of sport.

It will help delegates to recognise and understand the key areas of difference in autism, as well as looking at supportive strategies in practical situations in order to reduce the difficulties experienced by participants and session leaders.

I think the training you delivered is essential for all sports coaches. Once coaches are armed with the knowledge they have gained from the training, they will be able to offer more effective training. I do feel this sort of training should be mandatory for when coaches are working towards their badges.

Attendee, two hour basic awareness course

Course overview

  • What is autism?
  • Common differences experienced by people with autism participating in sport
  • Using Structure, Positive Approaches, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links to support people with autism in a sports context
  • Suggested strategies using practical demonstration and activity plans
  • Evaluating and developing your practice.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone involved in delivering sport or physical activity who wants to develop an awareness and understanding of autism. Participants will gain an understanding of the autism spectrum in relation to the delivery of sport and physical activity. This course is relevant for those who support children or adults with autism.

Benefits of attending:

  • gain an increased understanding of the autism spectrum
  • understand that autism affects people in different ways
  • gain an insight into the experiences of participants who are on the autism spectrum and their sports coaches
  • learn how using the NAS SPELL (Structure, Positive Approaches, Empathy, Low Arousal and Links) framework can help you support people on the autism spectrum in sport and physical activity sessions
  • be aware of the barriers that may be faced by people on the autism spectrum participating in sport
  • learn how to work more effectively to support people on the autism spectrum in sport and physical activity sessions.

Further information

Participants will be helped to make the link between theoretical knowledge and practice. The course places emphasis on reflective practice and consideration of the participant's skills, interests and communication styles with tools to enable your continued development. It makes use of presentation, group interaction, self-directed learning, physical activity and video.

Participants are advised to come dressed appropriately to allow them to participate in physical activities.

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Continued Professional Development

This course is certified by the CPD certification service (the leading independent CPD accreditation institution) as conforming to continuing professional development principles. All delegates will receive a certificate of attendance detailing eligible CPD hours which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms.


Training provided at a venue of your choice, inclusive of:

  • one trainer for one full day
  • delivered to a maximum of 20 participants (please contact us if you have a larger group and how we can accommodate this)
  • course materials

Price: £1,350 + VAT

Scheduled open training events

Date  Location  Price  Book now 
15 June  Newcastle  £185 + VAT  Book now 
7 July London £185 + VAT  Book now
26 July  Liverpool  £185 + VAT  Book now 
28 July Durham  £185 + VAT  Book now 
11 August Sheffield £185 + VAT  Book now 
4 September Pontypridd £185 + VAT  Book now
19 October Plymouth  £185 + VAT  Book now 
5 November  Manchester  £185 + VAT  Book now 
13 December  York  £185 + VAT  Book now
26 January  London  £185 + VAT  Book now 


To make an enquiry please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 1 then option 1 again or email

To book or to amend a booking please call 0141 285 7117 and choose option 2 then option 1 or email