Minister for Sport: Coaching is vitalSubscribe
Andy Probert 26 November 2001
RICHARD CABORN, the Minister for Sport, and Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of UK Sport, joined forces today to stress the importance of coaching to future British sporting success.
They were speaking on the first day of the World Class Coaching Conference - 'Breaking Barriers, Creating Champions’ - a three-day event organised by the UK Sports Institute, the British Olympic Association, sports coach UK, the Sports Council for Wales and Sport England. "It is coaches who make things happen and make a real difference at every level," said Caborn. "Sometimes the crucial contribution that coaches make is overlooked.
"It is with this in mind that the Government has established a Coaching Task Force, drawn from a variety of organisations involved with sport and coach education. It has a remit to review the role and provision of coach education, compare British coaching against the best around the world and develop proposals on how to improve the structure of coaching in the UK as a profession from grass roots through to the elite level.
"I see improvements in coaching as one of my three key priorities for sport. In addition to increasing access and participation in sport; increasing and improving sporting facilities we need to encourage a wider involvement in sport at all levels."
SIR RODNEY WALKER highlighted a shift in culture within British sport and its impact on coaching following the successes in Sydney at both the Paralympic and Olympic Games: "There is obviously still some way to go, but one of the biggest changes reported by Performance Directors and coaches is a new attitude throughout British sport, an attitude of winning. Coming second is not desirable; giving less than 100% is not acceptable."
Sir Rodney went on to outline the scholarship opportunities available to world class coaches from the UK Sports Institute.
"We want the chance to give you the opportunity of a lifetime," he said. "This could be anything from taking time out to experience world class systems in other sports in the UK or overseas, or to work with colleagues in other sectors or industries, such as the arts, travel, manufacturing or science.
"Whatever it may be, the aim is learn new skills and knowledge that will improve how you develop and implement athlete training programmes. The possibilities are endless - use your imagination - all we ask is for a guarantee that your experience will have a direct performance impact and benefit the sporting system in the UK."
THE CONFERENCE in Wales aims to provide coaches with the skills and insight to overcome obstacles that may prevent their athletes from winning at the highest levels of international sport.
Leading experts are speaking on subjects as diverse as change management, nutrition and supplementation, altitude training, performance analysis, coaching theory and developments in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
It will introduce some of the innovative approaches taken to the development of sports technology, looking at the possible impact of virtual reality and the lessons that can be learnt from sports such as Formula One.