Olympics coaching base launches in London
The Global Coaches House has been commissioned by Leeds Metropolitan University in partnership with the ICCE and WDR. The ground breaking project is based at the London Campus of Limkokwing University for the duration of the Olympic Games. The Global Coaches House Paralympic programme will run from September 3 to 6 at Eversheds, London.
Some of Great Britain's most prominent coaches, including Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello, will visit the site during the Games to share their knowledge and celebrate the expertise that coaches bring to international sport.
The Global Coaches House opening party was held at 11am on Friday July 27 with a drinks reception. Speakers at the one-hour launch included champion pole-vaulter, Surgey Bubka, Chair of the International Olympic Committee Entourage Commission, John Bales, President of the International Council for Coaching Excellence (formerly International Council for Coach Education), Steven Lum, Vice President at Limkokwing University and Sport Development and Coaching Manager of Leeds Metropolitan University, Ian Smyth, and Frank Dick OBE, Programme Director of the Global Coaches House.
Special guests included International Triathlon Union President Marisol Casado, Claudia Boke, Chair of the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission, and Sir Clive Woodward, British Olympic Association.
The daily programme at Limkokwing University will bring together the world coaching, with an emphasis on the performance development and high performance domains, and will celebrate the expertise that coaches bring to international sport, as well as providing a platform for networking and the sharing of knowledge and skills.
Tony Minichiello - coach to World and European heptathlon and gold medallist athlete Jessica Ennis, who he is currently preparing to compete in the Olympics, is just one of many who will be attending the project. He said: "With all eyes on the athletes and the sports stars during the Olympics the Global Coaches House can be used as both a haven and a place for development for the coaches who have and continue to work tirelessly with their athletes all year round across the globe in a bid for those magic moments of success."
Alongside its programme which is free to coaches, the Global Coaches House will run a paid-for programme for international performance coaches who are preparing for a future Olympic or major event coaching role. The programme, which costs £100 per five-day cycle, will aim to prepare those coaches who are next in line to play a part in the coaching of Olympic athletes for the demands and special requirements of coaching for and at the Games or any other high profile event.
Coaches and coach developers who want to register an interest to take part in any way in this once in a lifetime opportunity at Global Coaches House should firstname.lastname@example.org For further information about Global Coaches House please visit www.globalcoacheshouse.net