Coaching in the UK

Talent Coaching Programme Aspire 2015/2016: Candidates Announced

Thu, 13 Nov 2014

sports coach UK has announced the latest candidates for the Aspire training programme. Aspire was established three years ago to bridge the gap between sport-specific programmes arranged by Governing Bodies of Sport and the world-class programmes facilitated by UK Sport. The programme provides the opportunity for coaches from a wide variety of sports to share their knowledge and become self aware of their coaching practices.

With over 40 nominations from across the home countries, the quality of the coaches interviewed was extremely high and the standard has lifted again this year. 

sports coach UK and UK sport are excited and confident that the 22 coaches that have been selected for the Aspire 2015/2016 programme will have a significant coaching impact within the talent pathway within their sports.

The confirmed delegates for Aspire 2015/16 are:

  • Sarah Kelleher, Hockey
  • Euan Dale, Swimming
  • Helen Ward, Badminton
  • Scott Godfrey, Golf
  • Sivakumar Renganathan, Taekwondo
  • Lee Drew, Squash
  • Kath Fitzpatrick, Archery
  • Matthew Stanforth, Table Tennis
  • Joanne Yapp, England Rugby
  • Debbie Hanna, Sailing
  • Peter Hill, Swimming
  • Stephen Hood, Golf
  • Laurie MacDonald, Sailing
  • Gordon Glasgow, Swimming
  • Ben Kinnear, Snowsports
  • Colin Clarke, Hockey
  • Andrew Ross, Shooting
  • Sandra Walsh, Women's Artistic Gymnastics
  • Adam Perman, Men's Artistic Gymnastics
  • Gareth McNary, Swimming
  • Greg Tippings, Squash
  • Simon Oyler, Table Tennis

Quotes from sports coach UK and UK Sport

Dr Tony Byrne, CEO,sports coach UK

“The success of Aspire reinforces our desire to invest in coaches working in the talent development stage of the athlete performance pathway. We know excellent coaching is important at every stage in an athlete’s career. It’s especially important for those working with talented young athletes to be able to engage, nurture, motivate and develop them. This ensures the athletes remain in sport and maximise their potential.”

Graham Taylor, Head of Coaching, UK Sport

“The Aspire programme is important to our plans for building a world-class workforce to support our ambitious targets in Rio and beyond. We are working to build a stronger, more sustainable sporting system and these coaches are key to this aspiration.”

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