GB Coaches Join WiHP Coach Development
Published Friday 29 September 2017 11:54 by Craig Davies
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British Shooting are proud to announce Anita North, Katy Poulsom and Nicki Wakeford (GB Talent Pathway Coaches) will join the prestigious UK Coaching Women into High Performance Programme. 

Our coaches were selected from a record number of applicants with 29 coaches across 11 sports being put forward for the programme.

British Shooting’s People Development Manager, Kurt Lindley, who made the applications on behalf of the coaches said: “I am extremely pleased for Anita, Katy and Nicki, this is a great acknowledgment of their coaching skills and personal ambition to develop. 

“Having previously worked at UK Coaching I know the quality of the programme and the high standard coaches need to make to be three of the 18 finally selected (across 10 sports).

“This investment from an external partner is testament to value and effort our coaches have put in to get here.”

The cohort will come together for their first event on tSunday 8 October in Nottingham and will attend three further seminars. During these sessions the coaches will develop the skills, behaviours and knowledge required to thrive and flourish in a performance environment. 

Coaches will develop their own ‘Communities of Practice’; engage with a buddy from another sport and challenge the development of each other as they explore their strengths, their networks and their gravitas.

On hearing the news our coaches shared these thoughts on the opportunity:

Anita: “I hope the WiHP course will allow me to learn some new angles to support my coaching and enable me to think outside the box. Specifically additions to my toolkit that will help me be better at what I do to support shooters.”

Katy: “I am delighted to be one of the ladies lucky enough to have been selected to attend the programme. I would like to thank British Shooting for giving me the opportunity and  putting me forward. This programme will enrich my skills and  add valued learning gained from coaches in other sports and will enable me to  apply my new found knowledge to our athletes on the British Shooting pathway programme."

Nicki: “I am very excited to be taking part in the WiHP programme which will be a great opportunity for me to develop innovative coaching techniques to bring back to my sport for the benefit of the athletes. In particular I am fascinated by the psychology of sport and constraints based learning so I am keen to learn how other sports integrate these areas in to their coaching and training programmes. I also hope to discover how we can be more collaborative not only within our own sport between coaches and between coaches and athletes, but also with other sports.  My thanks go to British Shooting for supporting me not only in this initiative but in my development as a coach generally.”

Chris Chapman, Development Lead Officer for Talent and Performance at UK Coaching, said: “On behalf of the Talent and Performance team I’m pleased to welcome our new cohort of coaches onto the Women into High Performance programme. The quality of nominations and governing body support for the coaches was the best yet, and I am looking forward to supporting the coaches in fulfilling their potential. 

“This year GB Hockey’s Karen Brown joins Jo Hopkins and Harriet Beveridge as part of our facilitation team. Collectively they have significant experience in the high performance arena; whether that is business or sport. And Karen’s recent successes with the GB women’s hockey team will provide a unique perspective for the cohort. The next six months will be a great opportunity for the coaches as they continue their coaching journeys.

“As a consequence of attending the programme we hope these coaches will walk away instilled with a heightened sense of self-belief, improved communication skills and autonomy over their future development; ready to progress with their careers in high performance coaching.”

"This will be the fourth year that UK Coaching’s Talent and Performance team have delivered the programme; working with governing bodies of sport to better support female coaches.”
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