Coaching centre to provide support and development during the Paralympics
The Global Coaches House (GCH), commissioned by Leeds Metropolitan University in partnership with the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) and WDR was hailed a huge success throughout the Olympics and is set to continue during the Paralympics at Eversheds in Wood Street from 8.30am-8pm, September 4-6. A formal opening reception will be held at 7pm on September 3.
The ground-breaking project will bring together the world of Paralympic coaching, with an emphasis on the performance development and high performance domain. It will also celebrate the expertise that the coaches bring to international sport, as well as providing a platform for networking and the sharing of knowledge and skills.
Pat Duffy, Leeds Metropolitan's Professor of Sports Coaching, who will be speaking at the event, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for any coaches involved in the Paralympic games to come together and participate in the daily programme that GCH has on offer.
"Just as with the Olympic Games the Paralympics sees all eyes on the athletes and the sports stars competing. The Paralympics Global Coaches House celebrates the coaches who helped them get there. The House can be used as both a haven and a place for development for the coaches who work tirelessly with their athletes all year round across the globe in a bid for those moments of international sporting success."
Confirmed speakers include Olympic Performance Manager for Triathlon, Malcolm Brown, the former Director of Coaching at British Athletics Federation, Frank Dick the former President of Singapore Disability Sports Council, Frankie Thanapal Sinniah and Head of Technical Development and Excel, Volleyball England, Craig Handford.
Coaches and coach developers who want to register an interest to take part in any way in this once in a lifetime opportunity at the Paralympic Global Coaches House should email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about Global Coaches House please visit www.globalcoacheshouse.net
. Leeds Metropolitan graduate Sarah Storey OBE, has scooped two gold medals at the London Paralympics. She claimed Team GB's first gold last week in the women's cycling C5 3km individual pursuit, before racing to victory again in the women's individual C 4-5 500m.
. A study which delves into the perceptions that Paralympic volunteers have about disability and disabled athletes is being undertaken by Leeds Met PhD student Ellie May. Her project is one of just six worldwide to be accredited to take place during the 2012 Paralympics by the International Paralympic Committee.