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Successful sports coach development conference

DSC 0015Wiltshire and Swindon Sport hosted it third and largest sports coach development conference to date at St Johns School, Marlborough. 140 coaches and teachers involved in delivering over 30 different sports attended the event and took part in 16 different workshops. The day, supported by Rhino, was aimed at coaches, teachers, and volunteers involved in teaching or coaching sport or activity at any level.

The development of new skills, sharing of ideas, techniques and practical solutions are key in order to develop and deliver high quality coaching sessions supporting the improvement of athletes and players at all levels.

WASP Chief Executive Steve Boocock said “We are committed to supporting all those who are delivering sport in clubs, schools and the community. With an increased number of coaches working in our schools we want to ensure they are providing the best quality sporting experience for young people. We have been able to put together a team of renowned presenters and tutors from across the sporting spectrum whose expertise and knowledge will be sure to both inspire and motivate”

A number of sport specific workshops were on offer including Football, Athletics, Netball and Cricket along with workshops on; Safeguarding & Protecting Children, First Aid, Sports Nutrition, Strength & Conditioning, Sports Psychology, Active Kids for All and several others.

Attendees also had the opportunity to hear guest speaker and former ABA Boxing Light Heavyweight Champion, Paul Rogers, share his journey through sport as an athlete, coach and mentor and how he has inspired and guided many people through boxing.

The coaches also heard about the launch of a new funding opportunity for athletes and clubs in the County and the first 12 projects that have been adopted by to launch this new initiative. In association with Podium Partners, Wiltshire and Swindon Sport are looking to help local young and disabled people to develop their potential and to be able to support clubs looking for new equipment or facilities through a new Crowdfunding platform.

Great feedback from the attendees ;

I just want to say thank you for such a great interesting day! I chose nutrition and sport, and psychology of sport which I have an interest in as I work for The Mental Health, they were both ran really well and the ladies teaching it were so good! They made both courses interesting! I learned a lot from both of them! I hope to share them with others! Run Leader

Just a quick note to say well done on organising the training day.  It was a fantastic day and came across as a well thought through, structured and professional event which I’m sure is credit to your hard work. Squash Coach

Thank you very much for this days training. For someone who has not taken in anything like this before it was a excellent day and I look forward to future events if you could therefore add me to your mailing list.

Thank you for a well-run and a great day Friday. Netball Coach

Can I just say thank you for a very well organised and professionally well programmed day for last Friday's development day All the best.  Golf Coach

Thank you for your hard work organising the event, I had a fantastic time and got so much from the workshops! Football Coach

Many thanks.  The Sports Nutrition was a fabulous session and really enjoyed it and the Sports Psychology.  Well done for organising it all.  Not sure how you managed it all!  

I really appreciate all your help in getting me there. Tennis Coach

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