Demand doubles for top sports coaching programme

Demand doubles for top sports coaching programme

Sports Development officers manage the Talented Coaches Programme on an annual basis and will welcome a record number of coaches onto the course next month with special guests including Mick Newell, Director of Cricket, from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

A total of 30 coaches will meet at County Hall on 10th December for the session –more than double last year’s figure of 14 coaches. Lots of coaches applied for this year’s session with successful candidates chosen by a panel of judges from partner sports organisations.

Pete Forster, Sports Development Officer (Coaching) at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “There is no doubt that this unforgettable year of sport – London 2012, the Ryder Cup, and other successes such as the Tour de France, has proved truly inspirational.

“It is also encouraging that the profiles of the people behind the athletes – the backroom staff including coaches, have also been duly recognised for their contributions to sport. It is one of the reasons we were keen to expand the Talented Coaches Programme further.”

Coun John Cottee, Culture Committee Chairman at the county council said: “Nottinghamshire County Council is committed to sport and supporting coaches. The programme has targeted experienced coaches whilst also opening it up to new coaches around the county, so we are delighted that this has resulted in an increase in demand to take advantage of our elite training programme.”

The coaches have a set timetable of workshops and seminars over the year looking at a variety of topics including sports psychology, nutrition and strength and conditioning but the county council also looks at each coach individually and how to support them including assigning a mentor.

It’s been running since 2008 and this year will be the biggest by some margin. Last year we had 14 coaches on the programme and this year there will be 30 coaches involved and they are from the following sports:

Archery, football, swimming, canoeing, athletics, hockey, triathlon, fencing, cricket, gymnastics, golf, rugby league, netball, boccia and basketball.

Some of the high profile coaches supporting this year’s programme:

• Gordon Fearn - Multi Skills and Elite Table Tennis Coach - Coaches Emma Vickers who was a torch bearer and is ranked 4th in the country

• Sport 981 – Locally based strength and conditioning company

• Matthew Thompson - Sports Psychology Tutor – who has worked in America, Australia and here in this country with high level athletes.

• A nutrition workshop with the locally-based Debra Tranter, nutritionist for GB Taekwondo.

In the past there has also been support from Becky Adlington’s coach Bill Furniss and Steve Smith, First 15 coach and community manager for Nottingham Rugby Club.

Coaches who have been on the Nottinghamshire programme in previous years have backed its effectiveness.

Karen Cresswell, Netball Coach, from Hucknall Town Netball Club, said: “I think what Notts County Council and you are doing is fantastic. Coaches are generally volunteers and it’s so nice to be rewarded in a way that suits us best!”

And Andy Stout, Rugby Coach, from Nottingham Corsairs Rugby Club, said: “I’ve taken a great deal from the programme - I’ve developed a number of areas of my coaching and feel that the breadth of experience I have gained has given me great confidence. It’s a fantastic programme and I know that those being coached across the County will benefit from it.”

Workshops sessions will be run around the country with most being held at County Hall. There is one organised per month, plus any bonus seminars or events we have available. Other venues include both universities in Nottingham, Joseph Whitaker in Rainworth and Trent Bridge.

Applications are accepted for the programme in September and October every year.

For more details visit: /coaching/better-coaching or contact Pete Forster