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Skills School Lead Coaches Announced


After an extensive recruitment process, British Triathlon is pleased to announce the Lead Coaches of the Sport England-funded project, Skills School.

Skills School is a new initiative from Triathlon England that will better support the development of young triathletes and children’s club coaches in each region. The past few weeks have been spent actively seeking the coaches that will spearhead the initiative across England.

North West- Danny Parr

North East- Phil Jameson

West Midlands- Alex Sobolewski

East Midlands- John Crewe

Eastern Region- Emma Springham

South West- Juliet Paterson

South Central- Di Murray

London- Jon Horsman

South East- Elizabeth Scott 

Yorkshire- TBC

The Lead Coaches will be the face of Skills School within their region and will lead on the planning and delivery of the Skills School days, which will focus on providing engaging opportunities for both athletes and coaches.

Triathlon England’s Pathway Manager, Matt Divall, said,

“Skills School is a really exciting initiative, providing an opportunity to create open and creative learning environments for both developing and supporting coaches of junior athletes, alongside building on young athletes’ skills development for triathlon.

Over time, I’m hopeful that this will strengthen the gateway to our pathway; providing opportunity, additional support and guidance to clubs and coaches to deliver even more engaging and challenging sessions for athletes through a new Athlete Development framework.”

British Triathlons Coaching Programmes Manager, Louis Richards, added,

“Skills School represents a unique opportunity to take coach education into a more authentic learning environment. We are all really excited at the potential this has to support coaches in their development whilst also providing further opportunities for young people to get involved in the sport.”

Skills School is due to launch in late September 2016. More information on how to get involved in the project as a coach, athlete or parent will be released on a region by region basis over the coming months.


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