Coaching in the UK

sports coach UK support the Coaching Statement Released by UK Sport

Fri, 03 Aug 2012

A statement from UK Sport was issued yesterday on Coaching stating: "We wholly support the comments of British Olympic Association Chairman Colin Moynihan that the coach of the Olympic athlete is often the unsung hero of a great performance.

"It would be fantastic to see these dedicated and vocational people better recognised, none more so than on the New Year's honours list. The profile of the coach is always in the shadow of the athlete or the team and it is right for their sacrifices and talents to be properly acknowledged.

"UK Sport has identified coaching as a key element of its high performance system and encourages all the Olympic and Paralympic Sports it funds to invest in home grown coaching talent.

"There are more than 40 coaches who have been supported by UK Sport coaching programmes working with British athletes at London 2012. These include Tony Minichiello who coaches Jess Ennis and Paul Manning who coaches the Women's team pursuit track cycling squad.

"Over the last 4 years UK Sport has invested £3.5m in development programmes aimed at the coaches employed in the World Class Performance Programme. UK Sport has also invested over £5m in the coaching pathway to build a sustainable system to ensure our coaches are amongst the best trained and supported in the world. Further investment of £5million has been secured as we build towards Rio 2016."

Chris Baillieu Chair of sports coach uk commented on this statement:

“We entirely agree with the recent statements from the BOA and UK Sport on the importance of coaching and the coach often being the unsung hero. We are working closely with UK Sport to develop the next generation of coaches working at an elite level. sports coach UK is committed to the development of excellence in coaching at all levels and is implementing a nationwide structure to recruit, develop and retain coaches throughout the UK. Every year we run the UK Coaching Awards where one of the main aims is to reward and recognise the fantastic achievements of the coaches through a range of awards from community coach to high performance. Nominations for this year’s awards have just opened and we urge anyone who knows a coach who deserves recognition to nominate them.”

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