UK'S Leading Sports Coaches Head to Worcester for Annual Coaching Summit

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With the London 2012 Games now just months away, there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in sports coaching.

Which is why some of the country’s leading experts will be heading to Worcester next month 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, will deliver keynote addresses to attendees at the one-day summit: From grassroots to greatness: the athlete, the coach, the legacy, on Sunday 22 April 2012 at the University of Worcester’s Riverside Centre in Worcester.

The summit will explore the role and impact of the coach on athlete development and in shaping the next generation of locally-grown Olympic talent. It is an opportunity for sports coaches across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to learn from the best and improve their coaching knowledge and capabilities in order to help their teams and athletes reach their full potential.

There will be a number of interactive workshops and discussions to participate in on the day, delivered by experts including the Worcester Warriors’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Stuart Pickering. Workshop topics will include: coaching athletes with disabilities, using video analysis to enhance performance, managing and preventing overtraining and training structure, development, planning and delivery.

With a strong focus on the role and influence of the coach in grassroots sport, the summit will be of interest to both practising and aspiring coaches as well as PE teachers, sports science students and academics specialising in sports coaching. Tickets cost £30 (£25 for students) and all attendees will receive two free tickets to a Worcestershire County Cricket match.

For more information and to register for the summit, visit

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