Coaching in the UK

Record number of applications for Women into High Performance programme

Tue, 26 Sep 2017

UK Coaching has seen a record number of applications for its Women into High Performance (WiHP) programme.

29 coaches across 11 sports were identified by their respective governing bodies of sport as being eligible to apply for the bespoke programme, which supports female coaches who have the potential to transition into high performance coaching.

From the applications 18 coaches across 10 sports were selected. They are:



Coaching Role & Pathway Environment

Helen Clitheroe



England Athletics Steeplechase Coordinator

England and GB Team Coach

Louise Capicutto


Throws Coach at Herne Hill Harriers

Maxine Robbins


Pole Vault Coach at Notts AC

Vlada Priestman


Archery GB Central Academy Coach

Lancaster University Archery Head Coach

Imogen Collins


Super Regional Talent Pathway Coach (Sprint)

Tracy Moseley


Lead Coach Club and Academy

Lydia Bedford


Head Coach International U15 Team

Sarah Lawler-Edwards


Senior Talent Technical Coach – Regional Talent Clubs U10 – U16

Emma Coates



Head Coach Doncaster Rovers Belles WSL1 Team


Leigh Maasdorp



NAGs Development Coach, Performance Centre Head Coach, Head Coach National Premier League

Helen Taylor


Head Junior Coach Molesey Boat Club

Anita North


GB Talent Pathway Coach

Katy Poulsom


GB Talent Pathway Coach

Nicki Wakeford


GB Talent Pathway Coach

Mandy Bell



Head Coach City of Derby SC

Coaching Youth Age Group swimmers

Jacquie Marshall


Head Coach Northampton SC

Kim Hill


Head Coach Winchester SC

Louise Barron


Head Coach Uni. Of Birmingham Triathlon Club


The cohort will now come together for a total of four seminars – starting 8 October – to develop the skills, behaviours and knowledge they will require to thrive and flourish within the high performance environment.

At these seminars the coaches will specifically engage in facilitated peer coaching, including ‘buddying up’ with coaches from other sports and larger group work. These elements will enable them to share practice, reflect on experiences, develop a greater understanding of their issues and challenges, and identify strategies and tactics to overcome them. This will also enable them to deepen their network, consider other sports’ coaching practices, and further develop their awareness of other modus operandi.

Chris Chapman, Development Lead Officer for Talent and Performance at UK Coaching, said:

“On behalf of the Talent and Performance team I’m pleased to welcome our new cohort of coaches onto the Women into High Performance programme. The quality of nominations and governing body support for the coaches was the best yet, and I am looking forward to supporting the coaches in fulfilling their potential.

“This year GB Hockey’s Karen Brown joins Jo Hopkins and Harriet Beveridge as part of our facilitation team. Collectively they have significant experience in the high performance arena; whether that is business or sport. And Karen’s recent successes with the GB women’s hockey team will provide a unique perspective for the cohort. The next six months will be a great opportunity for the coaches as they continue their coaching journeys.

“As a consequence of attending the programme we hope these coaches will walk away instilled with a heightened sense of self-belief, improved communication skills and autonomy over their future development; ready to progress with their careers in high performance coaching.”

This will be the fourth year that UK Coaching’s Talent and Performance team have delivered the programme; working with governing bodies of sport to better support female coaches.

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