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Inspired by London 2012?

Inspired by London 2012?

By sports coach UK Coaching Advisor Nicola Beattie

Inspired by London 2012?

Be part of the Olympic legacy and take your First Steps into coaching!

With the London 2012 Olympics underway, my thoughts turned to the coaches that are working with the 10,500 athletes, competing in 300 different sports events from 205 different countries in what I can only describe as the greatest show on earth.

With GB athletes picking up 18 gold medals and 40 in total so far*, there is no doubt that the coaches working with these athletes have given time, effort, energy and expertise and probably blood, sweat and tears to get their athletes to the peak of their sport!

There has been some controversy about one of our medal hopes for this week and one of my favourite athletes GB Triple Jumper Phillips Idowu. Phillips is scheduled to get his qualification underway on Wednesday and regardless of the current controversy, watching with hope, I am sure, will be the coaches who have helped him on his journey.

At the 2009 UK Coach of the Year Awards the coaches of Phillips Idowu were honoured in The Coaching Chain: The Appreciation of CoachingAward

  • Humphrey Long his PE teacher who introduced him to the triple jump
  • John Powell who coached Idowu as a teenager at Belgrave Harriers
  • John Herbert who guided the hackney born star to podium places up until 2008
  • Aston Moore his current coach and who will hope to see Phillips medal in London 

The other 556 athletes representing GB and Northern Ireland at the games all started somewhere and needed someone to guide them – their first coach!

So if you have been inspired by the performances of athletes and want to help develop the champions of the future what options are open to you?

How to take your First Steps into Coaching?

First Steps into Coaching is a new workshop that will give you all the help, advice and local contacts you need to get involved straight away. For more information about this and other ways to take your first steps click here: First Steps into Coaching

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*Correct at time of publishing