As I understand it, in Scotland there is a legal requirement that you have an appropriate qualification for any 'adventurous activity' with under 18's. I thought it was the same in Englandshire but will happily take correction on that.
No it is not.
Any outdoor activity can be led by anyone.
However, most of the outdoor and education industry subscribes to a set of National Governing Body (or Private Company) run accreditation schemes. Most of these schemes (the better ones!) allow for Accredited Prior Learning or an alternative pathway or evidence.
The really good ones even point out that their 'qualification' is voluntary, and is barely worth the paper they are written on a few months post passing an assessment.
I have met a Mountain Leader (Summer), who passed assessment 25 years ago, and had not taken a group into the hills since, or had further outdoor leader training. She was trying to take 68 kids up a mountain by herself....
I have also met not yet qualified, 19 year olds who I have trusted my own kids with in the mountains for a day.
Attitude and up-to-date ness over a bit of paper please.
You may be confusing the AALA inspection scheme, and yes if you are providing Adventurous activities, then you should be registered under this scheme - the council AALA license would cover, if you are within their risk assessment. Here England and Scotland differ....
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and in these days of free schools and academies don't assume there's some over-arching council policy/framework you're fitting into - there may be nothing in place.
I have to remind myself of the
folly education management system
now in place south of the border.... Quite right!
In your position, I'd sign up for the BC Level 2 Coaching certificate. My coaching in schools comes with BC insurance. And the skills are transferable to off-road. Then you can upgrade to their mtb coaching course.
I would just do SMBLA TCL or MBL straight away. Having said that, I am not allowed to coach at my local club as I have MBL
+20 years outdoor leading experience, not BC L2 (although I do hold L3 in Paddlesports...but am not allowed to play 'TopTrumps' apparently.)