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UK's Top Coaches to Share their Knowledge at Worcester Conference

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Some of the nation’s top sports coaches, including Marieanne Spacey, who led England’s women footballers to third in the recent World Cup, are coming to Worcester next month.

Marieanne, along with Melanie Marshall, who coaches triple Gold-medallist swimmer, Adam Peaty, are speaking at the first ever Sports Coach UK conference for high-performing coaches.

Also among the speakers, on Friday, October 16, will be John Pugh, Head Coach of the England Blind Football squad, who came fourth in the recent European Championships in Hereford, and Miles Thompson, Head Coach of GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team, who took bronze at the European Championships in Worcester earlier this month.

The conference is being hosted by the University of Worcester at the University Arena and will include practical sessions in the state-of-the-art Performance Analysis and Strength and Conditioning labs as well as classroom sessions and keynote presentations.

Sarah Collings, from Sport Coach UK, said: “In keeping with the University’s inclusive sport agenda and promoting the principle that high-performing coaches operate across all domains and environments, this conference has a strong emphasis on inclusive coaching. The opportunity to share good practice from coaches working across all domains is the essence of this conference.”

The conference comes as the University learned this month it had been successful in its bid to become a Level 4 UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) accredited centre, one of only 12 nationwide. This accreditation enables the University to deliver the highest possible award for sports coaches.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, said: “To become a UKCC Level 4 accredited centre is testament to the level of expertise and commitment of the staff here at Worcester in delivering such a programme.

“Next month’s conference will provide an excellent opportunity for coaches locally to get access to some of the most successful practitioners in the UK at present and to share some best practice, and we are delighted to be the host and a key player.”

A number of University staff, and highly experienced coaches, will also be presenting at the conference, including Andrew Hartley, Level 3 Badminton coach, Michelle Morgan, Director of Netball, and Paul James, Head Coach of the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.

Other speakers are Richard Cheetham, an experience Coach Educator for Rugby Football Union; former GB swimmer, Sarah Collings; top rower, Hannah Lawton; Andy Muir, Managing Director of Coach Logic; Richard Shuttleworth, former Elite Coach Development Manager for England Rugby; and Strength and Conditioning Coach, Marc Scriven.

Anyone interested in attending the conference should visit https://secure.worc.ac.uk/cgi-bin/scuk/booking.pl to book a place. Places cost £50 and include free entry to the Worcester Wolves match against Glasgow Rocks.

For more information you can download the brochure here