Coach Development Update
Coaching How can we help? England Athletics and UKA are launching a brand new support programme for coaches. How could it benefit you?
ways we can help you...
If you’re a Level 2 coach, or higher, you will be able to benefit from our new support programmes to help you become the very best you can and give your athletes the very best chance of long-term success.
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Develop your own personal development plan with one of our Club and Coach Support Officers (CCSOs) Get support from expert coach mentors in your chosen events or in strength and conditioning, sports psychology and other generic skills Learn from the experts and share ideas with your peers at one of our national coaching conferences or local masterclasses Benefit from a Flying Coach visit – or become a flying coach yourself? Update your qualifications with our new UKCC education programme
Contact your Club and Coach Support Officer Your Club and Coach Support Officer (CCSO) is available to support you in planning your coach development programme. He or she will link you with a mentor, keep you updated with conference dates or local get togethers and advise you on coach education programmes.
Hampshire (incl. Isle of Wight),
Cumbria & Northumberland Claire Buckle
Channel Islands, Surrey Christine Benning [email protected]
Kent (incl. London Boroughs), Sussex Elspeth Turner [email protected]
Middlesex, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire Neil Deans [email protected]
Essex (incl. London Boroughs) Rob Thickpenny [email protected]
englandathletics.org 07725 457595
Central London & Surrey Sarah Porter [email protected]
Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire Scott Grace
landathletics.org 07803 671968
Tyne & Wear, Durham & Tees Valley John Stacey [email protected]
Merseyside & Lancashire June Swift [email protected]
South Yorkshire & Humberside Katie Jones
Greater Manchester & Cheshire Sarah Friday [email protected]
West Yorkshire & North Yorkshire vacant [email protected]
Suffolk, Cambridge, Norfolk James Cudmore
Devon, Cornwall, Dorset Sonya Ellis [email protected]
Avon, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire Matt Foad [email protected]
Warwickshire, Black Country, Birmingham Leonie Lightfoot [email protected]
Midlands & South West
Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire Steve Moore [email protected]
Staffordshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Nick Robinson [email protected]
Northamptonshire & Nottinghamshire Steve Lloyd [email protected]
Expert Mentoring We’re setting up a network of coach mentors across the country, headed up by a new National Coach Mentor team. Each National Coach Mentor is bringing together a group of between 20 and 40 Level 3 and 4 coaches onto a National Coach Development Programme. Each of those coaches, in turn, will be available to support a further group of coaches – cascading the best practice and knowledge through all levels of the sport. Our ambition, over time, is for every coach across the land to have access to an expert mentor. We’ve appointed our first group of National Coach Mentors – see our website for full contact details or talk to your CCSO. N Tony Hadley (400m and Speed) N Dave Rowland (Physical Preparation) N Darrell Bunn (Combined Events) N Bud Baldaro (Endurance, 10k and above) N Peter Stanley (Triple Jump) N John Crotty (Long Jump) N Dave Sunderland (Middle Distance and S/C) N Martin Rush (Endurance and Walks) N Mark Proctor (Shot Put) N Alan Richardson (Pole Vault and Jumps) More appointments will be announced in the coming weeks. See our website for details..
Conferences & Masterclasses Conferences for 2009 We will be running three coaching conferences this winter, with a theme throughout of ‘Physical Preparation’. There will be sessions at event group level, individual event level and keynote presentations on topics for all coaches. The provisional dates and venues are: N North (venue to be confirmed) 29th November 2009 N Lee Valley 5th December 2009 N Birmingham 6th December 2009 The theme and content of each conference will be similar so you can choose the conference most convenient for you. There will be a small charge. Booking details will be available from September – watch our website for details.
Masterclasses We’ll be running a series of around 25 two-to-three hour masterclasses across the country from September onwards. These will be targeted to meet the interests of local coaches at the time most convenient for you. There will be a small charge to cover food but they will be otherwise free to attend. We will launch the programme in August – watch the website for updates or contact your CCSO.
Flying Coaches Under our Flying Coach scheme, top coaches visit local clubs to work directly with club coaches and assist with the development of their athletes. Flying Coach visits typically take place over a number of weeks to ensure that coaches maximise the development opportunities. Wherever possible, clubs work together to host the sessions.
Who are the Flying Coaches? The Flying Coach Programme has seen the likes of experienced coach and former Chicago Marathon winner Paul Evans and World Champion coach John Anderson visiting clubs. Could you be a Flying Coach? If you believe you have the expertise and proven track record to be a Flying Coach, contact your local Club and Coach Support Officer.
What is the cost? Sport England and specialist retailer Sweatshop have agreed to support the project until 2011. This means that the Flying Coach Programme can be offered at no cost to clubs! Coaches working on the programme will be paid and provided with kit by England Athletics.
How does my club arrange a visit? Simply contact your local CCSO and discuss how you’d see the visits helping to develop coaching standard in your club. Clubs are encouraged to address both event-specific and other areas of coach development, such as: N Strength & Conditioning N Fundamental Movement Skills N Planning and Periodisation N Communication Skills N Sport Psychology
Coming soon - UKCC! We are delighted to announce that UKA is to be launching new United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) qualifications for our coach education programme this Autumn. UKCC is a nationally recognised coach education qualification which sits at the heart of a cross sport initiative to make the UK world leaders in coaching by 2016.
What are the benefits of UKCC? N More technical content – so coaches can be confident with not just HOW to coach but also WHAT to coach. N UKCC is a qualification that proves you really know your stuff and includes a fair and independent assessment process. N As well as the course you also get access to the very best coaching resources plus expert mentoring support.
When will UKCC happen? N The official UK wide launch of the UKCC in Athletics will get underway in autumn 2009. N UKCC Levels 1 and 2 will launch in autumn 2009 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. N Scotland has already begun running UKCC Level 1 courses and Level 2 will begin shortly. N UKCC Level 3 will launch in 2010
Can I transfer from my existing UKA qualification? The standards and competencies for each level of qualification are different from the current UKA awards; therefore it is impossible to directly transfer a coach straight across from a UKA qualification to a UKCC qualification at the same level. For existing coaches to begin a UKCC qualification all that is required is a simple bridging procedure that covers the content not included in the existing UKA courses. For more details, talk to your Club and Coach Support Officer or visit: www.uka.org.uk/coaching-and-strategy/ukcc
How else can we help? What else could we do to help you become a better coach, and raise standards of coaching across the country? Please drop an email with your thoughts and ideas to your CCSO or to Richard Wheater, Head of Coaching, at [email protected]
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