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Sport 14Mar 2014

Learning from the best: Shaping future coaching success at Hartpury

Learning from the best: Shaping future coaching success at Hartpury

Elite performance coaches from all over the UK brought their wealth of knowledge and experience to Hartpury - sharing expertise that will shape the top coaches and coach educators of the future.

Hartpury was the first higher education institution to be asked to host the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level Four Community of Practice Conference.

With 12 different sports represented - ranging from rugby union to squash – along with nine sporting universities, delegates shared their own experiences of coaching and took part in interactive sessions aimed at enhancing understanding and building on best practice in a coaching environment.

The impressive delegate list featured such coaching luminaries as Lancashire county cricket head coach, Peter Moores and former England and British Lions second row Nigel Redman, who was recently appointed as the Elite Coach Development Lead for British Swimming. Redman was also the guest speaker for the evening celebration held at Hartpury House.

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The speakers leading the interactive seminars came from a wide range of spheres – from the Armed Forces to alpine mountaineering to drugs counselling. Sessions included coaching children and people with disabilities, coaching psychology and language and looking at how the latest military thinking could relate to high performance coaching.

The conference also provided valuable learning opportunities for Hartpury’s Sports Coaching degree and masters students. Throughout the two-day conference, students were able to take in a range of sessions, network with the elite performance coaches and coach educators and delve deeper into specific coaching techniques.

Dean Clark, Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, said: “We had very supportive feedback from the delegates that attended. They felt that the conference offered them a unique opportunity to network and share best practice with other top level coaches and coach educators from a range of sports and disciplines.

“The collaboration that this allowed provided insights into the latest cutting-edge coaching techniques and thinking, while the opportunity to contribute to these discussions was an amazing experience for our students too.

“They played a full part over the two days – attending sessions, interviewing the delegates and making really important contacts within the coaching world.”

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