Back to business for Marshall after charity cycle challengeSubscribe
Grace Cullen 25 October 2012
There was no respite for Mel Marshall following her 280-mile charity cycle across Zambia, as she re-joined her fellow coaches on UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP) days after completing the trek.
Former Olympic swimmer Marshall, who has made the transition into coaching, completed the ride in four days alongside Olympians Rebecca Adlington, Joanne Jackson and Ross Davenport to raise funds for Sport in Action, before taking part in her fourth ECAP workshop at The Lensbury in Teddington from 16-17 October.
ECAP is a two year initiative which aims to accelerate the development of coaches already within the High Performance System, to enable them to have an enhanced impact in the short term, but also to become the elite coaches of the future.
Marshall’s cohort, who will graduate the programme in 2013, also includes Peter Jeffrey, who coached badminton mixed doubles pair Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier at the London 2012 Olympics, and GB Rowing Team Paralympic Lead Coach Tom Dyson.
Prior to the two-day workshop, coaches completed a personality profile to help them focus on the main themes: understanding and working with different personalities, and managing conflict.
Peter Eriksson, Head Coach of UK Athletics Paralympic Program, who oversaw the 29 medals won by ParalympicsGB athletics team at London 2012, spoke to the coaches about his experience of managing different personalities to maximise performance.
The following day John Sturrock QC helped the group explore the causes of misunderstandings and provided the cohort with practical tools to help with managing conflict and emotion.
Explaining the personal benefits of ECAP, Mel Marshall said: “This was another great workshop; the programme continues to push and challenge me.
“ECAP is providing me with indispensable coaching tools which stretch and inspire me, allowing me to have a greater skill set.
“Every time I leave the workshop I take into practice what I have learnt and try to perfect it, to allow the next generation of athletes I am working with to benefit, hopefully taking them to even higher heights of success.”
Sarah Craven, Coaching Team Coordinator and ECAP lead at UK Sport, said: “It has been seven months since the last workshop, so it was fantastic seeing everyone together again.
“Everyone arrived with plenty of energy, engagement and focus. After an extremely busy summer, the workshop was also timely in providing the coaches with the chance to reflect and share their experiences with each other. This opportunity for cross sport learning is an essential element of the programme and given the journey the coaches go on together, one they extremely value.”
Full list of coaches on the 2011-13 Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme:
Peter Jeffrey (Badminton)
Craig Morris (Canoe Slalom)
Jon Norfolk (British Cycling)
Damian Ball (Diving)
Corinne Bracken (Equestrian)
Barry Collie (Gymnastics)
Nick Ruddock (Gymnastics)
Paul Stannard (GB Rowing)
Tom Dyson (GB Rowing)
Melanie Marshall (Swimming)
Richard Blackshaw (Swimming)
Julie Hollman (UK Athletics)