UK Sport Announces Latest Intake into Elite Programme

Published 8 March 2016

UK Sport is delighted to announce the 11 high performance professionals who have been selected as part of the third intake of the World Class Coaching: Elite Programme. 

Those selected are; Dave Alloway (GB Boxing), Simon Amor (Rugby Football Union), Paula Dunn (British Athletics), Barry Fudge (British Athletics), Ady Hinchliffe (British Diving), Paul Manning (British Cycling), Mel Marshall (British Swimming), Mark Ratcliffe (British Canoeing), Peter Sheppard (GB Rowing Team), Tony Zummack (British Curling) and Gareth Southgate (Football). 

These professionals have been chosen due to their proven ability to deliver success at the highest level within the British high performance system, and will benefit from a ground-breaking three-year development programme, with an investment of approximately £20,000 per individual, per year. 

The Elite Programme allows unparalleled access to world leading expertise, technology and experiences, while delivery of the programme will be highly bespoke and designed to meet the needs of every individual and sport.

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: 

“I’d like to congratulate the individuals selected as part of UK Sport's latest World Class Coaching: Elite Programme cohort. They have already experienced success and are committed to doing whatever it takes to be the very best they can be. ‎On the Elite Programme they will have the opportunity to learn with each other, from each other and from experts in other sports and industries. We look forward to supporting their further development to benefit not just themselves, but also their sport and the athletes they work alongside.”

UK Sport’s Head of Coaching, Graham Taylor, said: 

“The aim of the Elite Programme has always been to support world class coaches in this country to become world leading in their respective fields. Those selected in the latest intake possess technical ability of the highest quality and proven track records of success, but we want to take their skills and understanding to the next level.

Much like previous years, these coaches will support, learn from and inspire each other to innovate and anticipate, while engendering these characteristics in their athletes and teams to make brilliance business as usual in their sport.”

Mark Ratcliffe, Podium Technical Coach at British Canoeing, said:  

“I feel really privileged to have been selected onto the Elite Programme. I have previously been through the Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme which really challenged and developed me and I'm sure that the Elite Programme will do the same. I’m excited to have such an opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.” 

*Those selected from non-Olympic and Paralympic sports are being supported to do so by their own National Governing Body and have been selected due to their commitment to their own professional development and the expertise they can bring to benefit the Elite Programme cohort.  

For more information regarding the Elite Programme please visit our Coaching pages.

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