Coach Inspire 2014 Programme launched
sports coach UK has launched a programme to support the development of world-class coaches in the United Kingdom.
The programme – that will help boost home country medal prospects – is designed to provide a stepping stone for coaches to elite and world-class programmes and help retain high-performance coaches. It is aimed at:
- coaches of athletes with a realistic podium place at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
The initiative, supported by UK Sport and the four Home Country Sports Councils, will provide each selected coach with an individualised development programme based on their needs.
Coaches will also benefit from mentoring and hearing from high-performance coaches and managers, as well as CoachHub, an online education and communication tool.
UK Sport Chief Executive Liz Nicholl said: “At UK Sport we have well established development programmes for coaches working at World-Class level, but we’ve identified the need to support those that are currently not on our radar.
“We already know the athletes with a realistic medal potential for Glasgow in 2014. This programme will enable their coaches to enhance their skills and abilities at the same time as they prepare their athletes for the games.”
The first cohort on the programme is:
- Julian Robertson (England): Badminton
- Jason Sugrue (England): Table Tennis
- Anna Mayes (England) Netball
- Maggie Jackson (England): Netball
- Kevin Gill (England): Shooting
- David Campion (England): Squash
- Thomas Evans (Northern Ireland): Triathlon
- Ciarn Ward (Northern Ireland): Judo
- Ryan Jenkins (Wales): Table Tennis
- Craig Ewers (Wales): Judo
- Colin Jones (Wales): Boxing
- Tracey Skirton (Wales): Gymnastics
- Gordon Shepherd (Scotland): Hockey
- John Quinn (Scotland): Badminton
- Yvette Yun Leo (Scotland): Badminton
- Laurel Bailey (Scotland): Swimming