Leading Sport Experts Deliver Inspiring Workshops at Coaching Summit

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Some of the Country’s leading sports experts gathered at the University of Worcester to inspire, inform and energise people at the annual Herefordshire and Worcestershire Coaching Summit.

Jane Powell, Head Coach at England Hockey, and Robyn Jones, Professor of Sport and Social Theory, were among those to address delegates at the one-day summit: From grassroots to greatness: the athlete, the coach, the legacy.

The summit explored the role and impact of the coach on athlete development and in shaping the next generation of locally-grown Olympic talent. There were a number of interactive workshops and discussions, delivered by experts including the Worcester Warriors’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stuart Pickering. Workshop topics included: coaching athletes with disabilities, using video analysis to enhance performance, managing and preventing overtraining and training structure, development, planning and delivery.

Andy Morgan, Goal Keeping Coach for Bristol Rovers Satellite Academy, said: “From a coach’s perspective it was a useful and knowledgeable experience, with guest speakers and presenters who challenged the day-to-day approach to coaching. Prof Robyn Jones gave a thought-provoking hypothesis on coach-athlete relationships which could enhance the performance and development of future stars.”

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Coaching Summit is an annual event organised by the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and the University of Worcester.

Will Bowen-Jones, Associate Head of the University’s Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, said: “We were delighted with how the event went and received some very positive feedback from what was our second coaching summit. Not only did it offer the opportunity for coaches to tap into a huge support network, but it also showcased the work both the Sports Partnership and the University do to encourage and develop coaches.”