Coaching in the UK

Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme Coaches Announced

Mon, 07 Nov 2011

sports coach UK has welcomed UK Sport’s announcement of the 2011-13 Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP).

UK Sport unveiled 12 emerging high performance coaches who will make up the third cohort of ECAP.

The coaches selected come from nine different Olympic sports, and for the first time, Gymnastics and Badminton will be represented on the programme.

ECAP is a two year initiative which aims to accelerate the development of coaches already within the High Performance System, to enable them to have an enhanced impact in the short term, but also to become the elite coaches of the future. 

Following a typical apprenticeship model, the ECAP coaches will benefit from ‘on the job’ training by working alongside a ‘Master Coach’ from within their sport while also having access to a Mentor.  This will be complimented by a workshop programme, delivered by experts in coaching, non-technical coaching skills, sport science and sports medicine.

The first workshop will be held at Burleigh Court in Loughborough on 22-24 November 2011, allowing the cohort to get to know one another and begin to look at coaching styles, learning styles and reflective practice. 

UK Sport’s Director of Performance, Peter Keen, said: “Following the great success of the first two intakes of ECAP, we are delighted to be able to extend this opportunity to the third group of up and coming high performance coaches.

“UK Sport invests in and supports the elite sport system in this country and we recognise that developing world-class coaches is absolutely integral to the continued success of that system.

“It is fantastic to see so many different sports represented by this new intake and I would like to wish the new recruits the very best of luck as they embark on their ECAP journeys.”

sports coach UK Chief Executive Tony Byrne said: “The UK Sport ECAP programme is an excellent programme that provides a superb development opportunity for emerging coaches.

“sports coach UK is dedicated to supporting partners to develop their coaching systems so that the right coaches are in the right place at the right time, in the process allowing coaches wishing to work at the elite level to progress onto programmes such as this.”

A full list of Apprentice coaches, along with their respective Master Coach and Mentor, is detailed below.

      Apprentice (sport) - Master Coach, Mentor

  • Peter Jeffrey (Badminton) – Kenneth Jonaseen, TBC
  • Craig Morris (Canoe Slalom) – Jurg Gotz, Alan Olive
  • Jon Norfolk (British Cycling) – Iain Dyer, Shane Sutton
  • Damian Ball (Diving) – Bill Clark, Julian Bellan
  • Corrine Bracken (Equestrian) – Di Lampard, Yogi Breisner
  • Barry Collie (Gymnastics) – Eddie Van Hoof, Dennis Edwards
  • Nick Ruddock (Gymnastics) – Carol-Angela Orchard, Dennis Edwards
  • Paul Stannard (GB Rowing) – Darren Whiter, TBC
  • Tom Dyson (GB Rowing) -  Robin Williams, TBC
  • Melanie Marshall (Swimming) – Dennis Pursley, Mark Perry
  • Richard Blackshaw (Swimming) – Sean Kelly, Mark Perry
  • Julie Hollman (UK Athletics) – Dan Pfaff, TBC

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