Coaching in the UK

Medals target for Rio - a coach behind every one!

Thu, 14 Jul 2016

Today, UK Sport announced the medals targets for Rio as at least 48 Olympic and 121 Paralympic medals. Achieving this target would represent the best-ever 'away' Olympics and better the London 2012 Paralympic medal haul. The Olympic Games start on 5 August, whilst the Paralympics begin on 7 September.

Commenting on the target, Sports Coach UK board member Joslyn Hoyte Smith – herself an Olympic medallist and Chair of the GB Olympians – said:

“Behind every Olympic and Paralympic athlete’s success is a coach – often a team of coaches. Their hard work over many years has been essential in supporting their athletes on the long, tough road to Rio. We're proud to have contributed Sports Coach UK research insights and expertise in coach development to British sport for more than 30 years, as part of our work to transform lives through coaching.

"Britain’s medal target for Rio shows that Team GB is determined to maintain the high profile of British sport four years on from our most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever. At Sports Coach UK, we wish every success to all those involved in achieving the medals target, whether they are athletes, coaches or support staff. Not everyone can aspire to be an Olympian or an Olympic coach, but we can all be part of an active nation cheering our athletes on.”


On 29 November, we'll honour the head coaches behind all our gold medallists with a Mussabini Medal at this year's UK Coaching Awards. Quite apart from recognising the role of coaching in elite sport, there are award categories for every level of coaching. To find out more and make a nomination, please click here.

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