Coaching legend Frank Dick addresses ECAP coachesSubscribe
Grace Cullen 24 February 2012
Former Director of Coaching at UK Athletics Dr Frank Dick OBE was the guest of honour at the second workshop for coaches on UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP).
Dick, who coached double Olympic champion Daley Thompson, was on hand to give advice to the ECAP coaches, who were attending their second workshop at Burleigh Court in Loughborough on 14-15 February.
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.
The coaches on the 2011-13 cohort, the third since ECAP began, come from nine different Olympic and Paralympic sports, including Gymnastics and Badminton for the first time.
Following their first workshop in November, the coaches met for a second time and were challenged to explore their coaching values and philosophies. As well as a motivational talk from Dr Frank Dick, coaches spent time with ECD Insight Communications Consultant, Glenn Whitney, who helped them to explore ways of communicating in a clear, concise and compelling manner.
Nick Ruddock, Women’s Artistic National Junior Coach at British Gymnastics, had the following reflections: “The workshop provided yet another thought provoking two days, filled with further self awareness and tools to better our coaching.
“It was a privilege having world renowned speaker Dr Frank Dick OBE talk about coaching philosophy, it was a truly inspirational talk.
“During the sessions we pushed out of our comfort zone, as intended, but this helped the Workshop ‘pack a real punch’ and I left feeling inspired and motivated to continue to further my coaching skills and can't wait until the next time the cohort comes together.”
UK Sport Coaching Team Coordinator and ECAP leader, Sarah Craven, said: “It was fantastic working with all the coaches again, since the last workshop they have spent a huge amount of time thinking about their development needs and where they intend to focus their time whilst part of the programme”
During the workshops, I was really impressed with how willing the coaches were to try out the new skills covered and how quickly they have built a supportive environment to enable them to do this. I look forward to seeing how they have progressed the next time we meet.”
Workshop three is scheduled for 19-20 March at the Belfry, near Birmingham.
A full list of Apprentice coaches, along with their respective Master Coach and Mentor, is detailed below.
Apprentice (sport) - Master Coach, Mentor
Peter Jeffrey (Badminton) – Kenneth Jonassen, Dennis Edwards
Craig Morris (Canoe Slalom) – Jurg Gotz, Alan Olive
Jon Norfolk (British Cycling) – Iain Dyer, Shane Sutton
Damian Ball (Diving) – Bill Clark, Julian Bellan
Corinne Bracken (Equestrian) – Di Lampard, Yogi Breisner
Barry Collie (Gymnastics) – Eddie Van Hoof, Dennis Edwards
Nick Ruddock (Gymnastics) – Carol-Angela Orchard, Dennis Edwards
Paul Stannard (GB Rowing) – Darren Whiter, TBC
Tom Dyson (GB Rowing) - Robin Williams, TBC
Melanie Marshall (Swimming) – Dennis Pursley, Mark Perry
Richard Blackshaw (Swimming) – Sean Kelly, Mark Perry
Julie Hollman (UK Athletics) – Dan Pfaff, TBC