Record number to take part in coaching course

DEMAND for a sports coaching programme managed by Notts County Council has doubled — in part due to the success of London 2012.

Sports development officers manage the Talented Coaches Programme on an annual basis and will welcome a record number of coaches onto the course next week with special guests including Mick Newell, director of cricket at Notts County Cricket Club.

A total of 30 coaches will meet at County Hall next Monday (December 10) for the session — more than double last year’s figure of 14 coaches. Lots of coaches applied for this year’s session with successful candidates chosen by a panel of judges from partner sports organisations.

Pete Forster, sports development officer (coaching) at the county council said: “There is no doubt that this unforgettable year of sport — London 2012, the Ryder Cup, and other successes such as the Tour de France — has proved truly inspirational.

“It is also encouraging that the profiles of the people behind the athletes –—the backroom staff including coaches, have also been duly recognised for their contributions to sport. It is one of the reasons we were keen to expand the Talented Coaches Programme further.”

Coun John Cottee, (Con), culture committee chairman at the county council said: “Notts County Council is committed to sport and supporting coaches. The programme has targeted experienced coaches whilst also opening it up to new coaches around the county, so we are delighted that this has resulted in an increase in demand to take advantage of our elite training programme.”

The coaches have a set timetable of workshops and seminars over the year looking at a variety of topics including sports psychology, nutrition and strength and conditioning but the county council also looks at each coach individually and how to support them including assigning a mentor.

Workshops sessions will be run around the country with most being held at County Hall. There is one organised per month, plus any bonus seminars or events we have available. Other venues include both universities in Nottingham, Joseph Whitaker in Rainworth and Trent Bridge.

Applications are accepted for the programme in September and October every year.

For more details visit: /coaching/better-coaching or contact Pete Forster by e-mail at