Top advice for sports coaches

Herts Coach Education Week

COPY and steal everything then adapt it for yourself, is key advice for budding coaches out there from an award winning Hertfordshire coach.

With Coach Education Week 2012 taking place in the county between February 11-19 there will be plenty of opportunity to do just that. Herts Phoenix Athletic Club’s Cathy Walker was handed that advice when she began.

“It is a tip that was given to me when I first started coaching and has proved invaluable,” she said.

“Take advantage of all courses, workshops, and opportunities offered to shadow or work with other coaches – even if you don’t like them or agree with them there’s always something that you can learn and use.”

Building on the success of previous Coach Education Weeks, this year’s programme, organised by the Herts Sports Partnership, is packed with numerous opportunities for all.

These range from Clubmark and coaching basics, Continued Professional Development (CPD) sessions in a number of sports and sport science sessions such as performance nutrition and sports psychology. Courses providing the required skills and knowledge to work with athletes with disabilities and disability groups and clubs are also on offer.

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Other highlights include the latest Learning From Legendary Coaches lecture from principal lecturer David Turner, putting the spotlight on Aussie cricket maestro John Buchanan and a Business Essentials workshop delivered by Mike Lynch of GBSports.

Officials are included too with introductory courses for umpiring and judging badminton, gymnastics and netball.

To find out more about the full range of courses on offer during Coach Education Week, and book a place online, go to or call Rob Hardwick on 01707 281008.