Hartpury play host as the nation’s top coaches take the spotlight at unique event


Hartpury University Centre’s sports degree staff were on hand as more than 40 top sports coaches from across the UK took the idea of innovative practice to the limit as they joined Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre staff for an action-packed day looking at the future of coaching.

Hosting the annual UKCC Level 4 coaching conference for the second time, Hartpury – alongside Sports Coach UK – put on a two-day extravaganza using the actors as they explored sessions and seminars centered around different themes within coaching such as coach authenticity and the coach-athlete relationships, amongst others.

The first day saw postgraduate students from MSc Professional Development (Coaching) programme and Hartpury sports staff along with the coaches descend upon the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham to experience a number of sessions based around ‘what can a coach learn from an actor?’ put on by coach developers and the theatre’s own acting company.

Day two saw The University of Winchester’s Richard Cheetham put on a practical seminar looking at how to best unlock the passions, purpose and playfulness of learners in order for them to develop and appreciate their own personal skills.

The conference also provided valuable learning opportunities for Hartpury’s Sports Coaching degree and masters students. Throughout the two days, 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 Coaching Science, said: “We had very supportive feedback from the delegates that attended. They felt that the conference gave them a unique opportunity 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 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.”

This is the second time Hartpury has hosted the conference after becoming the first higher education institution to be asked to host the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level Four Community of Practice Conference back in 2014.

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