The ISSF Academy

IOC Project for national training system development

Olympic Solidarity in conjunction with the ISSF Academy presents a week-long course for National Federations and their senior coaching and administrative staff to develop and implement a national coaching structure for the Olympic shooting sports.


Who is the course for?

The course is ideally suited for senior federation management and staff in developing federations who need assistance and guidance in developing the shooting sports. Those who have decision-making responsibilities along with leadership roles including Presidents and Secretary Generals but also those charged with athlete development and the management of coaching.


Specific Course Goals

The course is designed to inform and educate senior decision makers in our national federations of the options available to them in developing a system of support for coaching. The course aims to establish for each member federation attending through analysis of their current programmes and to determine the best potential solutions given their unique requirements. 

The course will then take attendees through several sport development scenarios and with the aid of group workshops assist the attendees in choosing a best-fit programme for their federation needs.

During the course the scope of the programme is enhanced by specific workshops dealing with the major features of each programme and a step-by-step guide to implementing such a programme while tailoring it for any specific requirements identified by the federation in the analysis phase.

At the end of the course, attendees should leave with a template for implementing a functional training system for their federation. Progress of the federations and guidance is offered through a mentoring programme by the course tutors.


Course Structure

The course is designed in a modular basis and each module is designed to complete an objective of the course. At each stage students will add to their overall design for a training system for their federation. At the end of the course they will have a training system outline suitable for the needs of their federation.


Course Objectives

1.     To provide the necessary skill sets to oversee the development of a national training system.

2.     To provide different models that can be tailored to suit the requirements of the federation.

3.     To provide a modular set of tools to allow the federation to develop their training plan.

4.     To begin the process of identifying and documenting the needs of the federation through analysis.


Course Duration & Preparation

The course is conducted over a four-day period in a residential setting at an ISSF Accredited Training Centre.

Participants are asked to provide a short report on any coaching or athlete development programmes their federation might have in place. Participants should be prepared to present this report in an open workshop discussion with other participants.


Course Entry Requirements

There is no entry requirement to the course other than the recommendation of their National Federation.

The course is conducted through the English language only. Candidates must be proficient in both written and oral English as they will be required to engage in the workshops and to make powerpoint presentations using the English language.


Course Fee & Additional Costs

The IOC/ISSF Training Systems Development Course is free to attendees due to grant aid from Olympic Solidarity and this includes the following:

-        All Course books and guides in electronic PDF format.

-        Shared accommodation at an ISSF Accredited Training Centre. Single room occupancy can be arranged for an additional supplemental fee with the ISSF Accredited Training Centre.

-        Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day.

-        Flights are at the participants cost but in certain cases financial assistance in covering the cost of flights to attend the course may be granted upon specific request to the ISSF.


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Coach License Application

Download the application form here.

After approval, the coaches package will be sent to the national federation, together with the invoice of 50 EUR.


The ISSF Academy rollout new initiative for all ISSF licensed coaches

Modern Olympic sport has moved towards treating coaching as a professional vocation requiring the coach to keep current with developments in the sport and in coaching methodologies on a continually on-going basis. The ISSF Academy is supportive of this development and has made some significant changes to the licensing format to ensure that shooting coaches are active in their role and continuing to develop their skills.

The ISSF Academy is introducing a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) model for all its licensed coaches. This model is designed to offer ISSF coaches the benefit of increased profile and recognition within the sport of shooting whilst ensuring that licensed coaches are actively working within our sport as coaches. The ISSF Academy is also compiling a searchable database of ISSF licensed coaches which will be made available through the ISSF website.

A key feature of the CPD model is encourage coaches to keep up to date in their work and in their knowledge of coaching. The coaches license similarly must be updated and keep current and we are introducing a requirement for all ISSF coaches to be renewed on a four-year period. This renewal is based on a short summary of the coaching work and further educational experience that the coach has gained over the previous four-years. This summary must be stamped and verified by the coaches’ national federation.

Previously, ISSF Coach licenses were awarded to participants at the end of an ISSF Academy course. In future, all ISSF Academy courses will finish with the award of a certificate of participation. If the student has been successful on the course they must apply separately for the license from ISSF HQ by completing the application form and enclosing the appropriate fee. Only then will an ISSF Coaches License be issued and the coach entered into the coaches database register.


Once the details are verified, the coach will receive

- The ISSF Coaches License ID card with unique ID number.

- The ISSF Coach logo for their class of their license on a flash key.

- An ISSF Coach baseball cap.

- An ISSF Coach jacket patch.


ISSF licensed coaches will be allowed to use the official “ISSF Coach” logo that the ISSF has designed for each license class. This logo can be used on business cards and marketing material to identify the coach as having an ISSF recognized coaching license.

Speaking of the new system, ISSF Academy tutor Dr. Kevin Kilty said, “This is one of the most important steps that the ISSF Academy has made since its inception. We have had many requests from our students for a method of official international recognition of their license. A key requirement was the need for a license card with their own unique coach ID number. This is very important for coaches who need national verification of their license and I am very pleased to say we can now facilitate that.”