Name: Iain Bruunschweiler
What I do: Strategic Lead: Talent
Name: Andy Bradshaw
What I do: Coaching Manager Talent and Performance
How I got here: Degrees in History then a MSc in Sport and Recreation Management at Sheffield University led me into working for Sheffield Sports Development. A variety of jobs eventually led me into managing the sports team before the lure of the Coach Development Officer role brought me to sports coach UK in 2004. The rest is sports coach history...
Greatest Coaching Achievements: I coach hockey within the England performance unit and so far the highlights have been a silver medal at the U16 Boys 4 Nations in Seville (2009), losing out to the hosts 2-3 in an exciting Final. That was bettered by silver at the Ladies U21 European Championships (2010), including a thrilling penalties win over Germany in the semi final coming back from 2 goals down, and only being beaten by World Champions Holland.
People I have enjoyed working with: The current team of coaches in the performance unit at England hockey are all supportive, challenging and focussed on improvement – they’ve all been a pleasure to work with and alongside.
Sporting Hero: Seve Ballesteros – love the way he played golf, just wish I had some of his ability!
Name: Chris Chapman
What I do: Development Lead Officer: Talent and Performance
How I got here: I began life as a PE teacher and Assistant Head Teacher before following my passion into Rugby League initially as the Performance Youth Coach and latterly as the National Player Development Manager. During 12 great years at the RFL I was lucky enough to work with many great young players, passionate coaches and leave a small imprint on the player and coach pathways. In my final two years at the RFL I moved from working with National Age Group teams and developing the AASE programme; taking the learning and experiences as we developed three Regional Academies. The academies replicated the development opportunities for players within a Super League club in three non-traditional areas.
Greatest Coaching Achievements: I have been fortunate to work with many coaches and players throughout the pathway. On a personal level, coaching England Women in the 2013 World Cup was a fantastic opportunity. Working with a great group of players as we galvanised and came together in a short period of time was a great experience and learning opportunity. As a system builder and coach developer; seeing the fruition of the Regional Academies, the opportunities this created players and coaches and their development was fantastic.
People I have enjoyed working with: Too many to mention individually. I enjoy working with people who are curious, have high levels of energy and want to develop and learn.
Sporting Hero: Ellery Hanley, a phenomenal rugby league player who mesmerised people with his handling and decision making. He was a leader on the field and a real character off the field! He was the Michael Jordan or rugby league in the 80s!