Member of the approved coach register for UK Sport Elite Programme

Rook Tree has been selected to be a member of the approved coach register for UK Sport Elite Programme – 10 of the UK’s top high performance coaches have been chosen to be part of the inaugural intake of UK Sport’s World Class Coaching: Elite Programme. From world class to world leading.
Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 15.14.29The coaches selected are: Michel Assouline (Para-Equestrian Dressage), Mark Delaney (Canoeing), Christian Felkel (Rowing), Anna Mayes (Netball)*, Rob McCracken (Boxing), Dave McNulty (Swimming), Peter Moores (Cricket)*, Biz Price (Synchronised Swimming), Paul Thompson (Rowing), and Eddie Van Hoof (Gymnastics).
These coaches have been chosen due to their proven ability to deliver success at the highest level within the British high performance system, and will benefit from substantial investment in this ground-breaking three-year development programme. The Elite Programme will allow unparalleled access to world leading expertise, technology and experiences, while delivery of the programme will highly bespoke, designed to meet the needs of every individual coach and sport.
UK Sport has identified high performance coach development as a crucial area of focus if British sport is to better the incredible performance by Britain’s athletes at London 2012 in Rio in four years’ time, as well as creating a stronger, more sustainable high performance system, and the coaches selected have been identified as future leaders of coaching in their sport, capable of sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: “I’d like to congratulate the coaches selected to our World Class Coaching: Elite Programme. UK Sport has set some highly ambitious goals for the next cycle, not the least the challenge of delivering a stronger, more sustainable high performance system. The system will only ever be as successful as the people within it, and these coaches have been selected for the important role they will play.
“These coaches are fantastic ambassadors, not only for their sports but for the coaching profession, and I commend them for embracing this opportunity to learn from other sports and industries, to be open and willing to share their own expertise and of course their commitment to continuous improvement for themselves, their sport and their athletes.  We look forward to working with them on this exciting journey for British sport.”
UK Sport’s Head of Coaching, Graham Taylor, said: “Our aim is to take British Coaching from world class to world leading, and with these 10 excellent coaches selected to our Elite Programme I think we’ve made a fantastic start. These coaches possess second to none technical ability and proven track records of success, but we want to take their skills to the next level; they will support, learn from and inspire each other to innovate and anticipate, while engendering these characteristics in their athletes and teams to make brilliance business as usual in their sport.”