Gareth Southgate calls on Olympic and Paralympic expertise

Published 8 July 2018

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Following Saturday's win over Sweeden, England manager Gareth Southgate will be able to call upon Olympic and Paralympic-medal winning expertise ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi final.

The England manager is a current participant in UK Sport’s World Class Coaching: Elite Programme after having completed all football qualifications available to him.

The three-year course aims to enhance and develop current world class coaches working within the British system, encouraging coaches to network within other sports from world class to leading level.

Southgate, in charge of England in tonight’s knockout match against Colombia said “There’s lots to be learnt across sports, with similar challenges with coaches working at a high international level, so there’s huge value for everyone on the course.

"I’m the first person in football to be involved in this course so that’s not only a privilege but a great opportunity”

“We’re very open to other sports, we’ve been to workshops, sharing ideas with coaches and other members of performance staff. We have coaches in our country who’ve won Olympic medals and coach world champions so it makes sense to tap into that knowledge”

Former participants on the Elite Programme include Rob McCracken, trainer of Anthony Joshua and former England cricket head coach Andy Flower.


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