Hertfordshire’s Coach Education Week tops the 9,000 mark

The annual Hertfordshire Coach Education Week – held over the recent school half term holidays – was another resounding success

Organised by the Herts Sports Partnership in conjunction with a range of National Governing Bodies of Sport, the University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Sports Village and a number of independent training agencies, the week offers a diverse programme of lectures, accredited coaching awards, interactive workshops and networking events aimed at strengthening the local sports coaching infrastructure.

Highlights of this year’s programme were a This Girl Can: Women and Girls Coaching Breakfast featuring Wasps Super League Netball Head Coach, Mel Mansfield and the David Wray Memorial Coaching Lecture, delivered by UK Coach Educator of the Year, Richard Cheetham MBE.

Over 700 practicing and prospective sports coaches, community activators and coaching students attended this year’s programme taking the tally of those that have benefited from the initiative since its inaugural year, to over 9,000 individuals – making the programme the biggest of its kind in the UK.

In reflecting on another action-packed week, Coaching Lead at HSP, Chris Samways said:

“We were delighted with quality and diversity of this year’s programme and the enthusiastic support that we had from our partners and participants alike. This year’s programme reflected our focus in ensuring that we have a professional and fit for purpose workforce that can enthuse and transition inactive, hard to reach and disadvantaged individuals and groups into regular physical activity and sporting programmes.

Once again, we are indebted to the unstinting support of our host organisation the University of Hertfordshire, without whom our annual event would quite simply not be possible.”

In echoing Samways’ comments HSP Director John O’Callaghan said:

“The Herts Coach Education Week is now established as a permanent and much anticipated feature in the Hertfordshire sporting workforce calendar. This year it was particularly pleasing that we were able to include the inaugural David Wray Memorial Lecture.

David was an HSP Board Member and was instrumental in establishing Coach Education Week, more than a decade ago. Sadly, David passed away in 2017, but I know he would be very proud of the impact that the annual programme has made on coaching and participation in Hertfordshire and beyond.”