National Coach Mentors

11/06/2009 10:29

09.Jun.09 England Athletics appoint National Coach Mentors to drive coaching strategy

England Athletics is pleased to announce the next steps in its work to drive up coaching standards across the country, and support coaches who want to learn, work together and improve. A network of coach mentors is being set up around England, headed up by a National Coach Mentor (NCM) team.

England Athletics’ Head of Coaching, Richard Wheater, said, “Our new National Coach Mentors will lead the National Coach Development Programme and bring coaches together on a regular basis in both small and large groups. The focus will be on event specific support and development, but we will also cover topics specific to the needs of participating coaches in other more generic areas. Significant investment is allocated to this exciting programme and the support provided will be of the highest level. It’s a real boost to Coaching Development.”

Our recently appointed National Coach Mentors for Endurance are Bud Baldaro, Martin Rush and David Sunderland. Bud Baldaro has been a distance coach for over 20 years working with athletes at all levels including major championship medallists and two time Chicago marathon winner Marian Sutton. David Sunderland has been a national coach in athletics for 15 years and has coached numerous international medallists including world indoor record holder Jane Colebrook. Martin Rush has had a career that has incorporated being a college PE teacher, an athletics development officer and most recently UKA Talent Development Manager. He has coached Olympic, World Cup and Commonwealth walkers, and GB marathon, track and XC runners.

England Athletics’ Speed National Coach Mentor is Tony Hadley, who coached Derek Redmond, Duaine Ladejo and Phil Brown. In the Field, international shot putter Mark Proctor takes up the gauntlet and is committed to raising standards within the shot put to a world class level. Our new Jumps NCMs are Peter Stanley (triple jump) - coach to Jonathan Edwards and Chris Tomlinson, John Crotty (Long Jump), and Alan Richardson (Pole Vault) who previously worked in a coaching development role in the East Midlands region.  Darrell Bunn is taking responsibility for combined events, he is current coach to Phyllis Agbo, former National coach for Heptathlon and took Denise Lewis to world level success.

Generic support - principally physical preparation but also nutrition and sports psychology - will be provided by Dave Rowland who has coached at grass roots, junior international and senior international level, and has qualifications in sports injury management as well as experience of working alongside medical and other practitioners in athlete support teams.

In the next few days we will announce how you can contact the team and declare your interest in taking part in the National Coach Development Programme.