Herts Sports Partnership coaching bonanza is a big hit

An introductory session to bowls at Coach Education Week
An introductory session to bowls at Coach Education Week

Herts Sports Partnership’s Coach Education Week 2014 proved to be another huge success with around 1,600 sports coaches, leaders and teachers taking part.

The week included 70 events covering 20 different sports, ranging from full coaching award courses to shorter workshops and lectures.

Working closely with the national governing bodies of sport and other partners, Herts Sports Partnership produced a varied and stimulating programme with something on offer that appealed to coaches at all stages of their development.

Coaching award courses in many sports took place as well as those covering basics such as child welfare and first aid.

Inspiring sessions focussing on disability sport, sport science and women in coaching, as well as lectures by Saracens’ Steve Borthwick and principal lecturer David Turner from the UH Sports Studies programme also contributed to the packed programme.

Rob Hardwick, Herts Sports Partnership coaching development manager, said: “This has been an outstanding team effort by Herts Sports Partnership and our many partners.

“The scope once again highlights the need to support the development of our sports coaching workforce at a local level and we have been able to provide a quarter of the places – about 500 places – free of charge to local participants.”