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Perth and Kinross Coaching Partnership - Coach Development Evening

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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Coach Development Evening with Rod Ellingworth

Featuring a keynote address by Rod Ellingworth, performance coach and manager of professional cycling Team SKY. He currently works with: Mark Cavendish (World Champion and Tour de France Green Jersey winner), Bradley Wiggins (Olympic gold medallist) and Geraint Thomas (Olympic gold medallist).

The address will be followed by workshops, (these workshops will run from 7.30pm – 9.30pm):
•    Positive Coaching Scotland
•    Nutrition for Athletes
•    Periodisation
•    Pre and Post Season Conditioning
•    Psychology of Children in Sport
•    Raising Your Standard of Coaching through Self Reflection and Evaluation
•    Core Stability – Practical Session
•    Strength and Conditioning for Different Age Groups

Rod Ellingworth

‘The Academy… that was basically all Rod,’ one well placed judge said recently.

Meaning that all of the millions British Cycling invested, all of their state of the art technology, all of their talent, would have amounted to little without Ellingworth’s passion, his common sense and his commitment.

Former professional cyclist Rod Ellingworth began his career as a volunteer with a talent group back in 2000. He quickly moved up through a regional post to coach the National Under 23 team in 2003 where he put together the Academy Programme. This group would go on to include the likes of Ed Clancy and Mark Cavendish.

For the past 4 years he has coached Team Sky which now includes household names such as Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas.

Reigning World Road Race Champion and BBC Sports Personality of the year describes Ellingworth as, ‘The best coach in the world.’

For his part, Ellingworth is currently focussed on the Olympics,

“The Olympics are a big objective for us. This team was set up to support the Olympic programme from the road point of view but also from the track as well. We have riders who will be competing on the track, so we can make sure their programmes are right from the road perspective. And then we’ve got the build and the support riders for the Olympic road race. So I think that’s all working pretty well.”

Obviously this year time is at a premium for Britain’s elite level coaches so the Perth and Kinross Coaching Partnership is delighted Rod Ellingworth will be joining us in May.

Please note this course is only available to coaches

  • You may only attend one workshop. Once a workshop is full it will no longer be available.


1. Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS)
The outcomes for PCS are:
•    To educate and encourage positive attitudes and behaviours in all sporting endeavours by coaches, teachers, administrators and players
•    To encourage a cultural shift in sport in Scotland
•    To inspire young people to reach their potential in sport and life

The Presenter
Derek Keir is a Sports Development Professional working with Perth and Kinross Council. Throughout his career Derek has coached at all levels and has seen the positive impact good role models can have on young people’s lives. He is also a Director of Friend of Edusport, a charity promoting youth leadership through sport in Zambia.

2. Psychology of Children in Sport
This workshop will reflect on why young people take part in sport and what motivates them to do so. Conversely coaches will benefit from looking at the reasons young people drop out and what could be done to stop this. An exploration of the factors coaches need to take into account for different ages and stages will also be undertaken.

The Presenter
Katie Sinnott is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, specialising in Sport. She has a M.Sc. In Exercise and Sport Psychology and her main interest lies in working with athletes and coaches who want to pursue their individual needs and wants. She has many years experience in providing psychological support to performance athletes, teams and coaches. She has worked with varying ages and abilities from amateur/club standard right through to World Champions.

3. Raising Your Standard of Coaching through Self Reflection and Evaluation
At this workshop you will learn about;
•    your role as a coach and the impact you have on youths
•    how to self reflect and evaluate the effectiveness of your coaching
•    using a critical friend to help raise your coaching performance

The Presenter
Sonia Grant has been involved in sport and education for more than 25 years, coaching to national level in golf, badminton, hockey and volleyball. She has also worked both as a teacher of physical education but more recently as a principal teacher of pupil support dealing with children who have behaviour and/or learning difficulties. Sonia is a qualified Life Coach and works closely with sportscotland to deliver national coaching programmes.

4. Core Stability – Practical session
Core stability is pivotal for efficient biomechanical function to maximise force generation. The workshop will emphasise the importance of function of the midsection of the body for stabilisation and force generation in sporting activities.

The Presenter
Barry Jones is a strength & conditioning coach for the sportscotland Institute of Sport. He is the lead strength & conditioning coach in the Tayside and Fife region overseeing strength and conditioning services for approximately 60 athletes from a variety of different sports.

5. Strength and Conditioning for Different Age Groups
Main topics covered in this workshop will be youth resistance training, pre-pubertal and
post-pubertal resistance training and sports performance as well as occupational strength and conditioning

The Presenter
Colin Levey works with the sportscotland Institute of Sport as Strength and Conditioning coach with Institute supported Athletes. He has a Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Edinburgh and has been working with the Scottish Rugby Union for 3 years as a Strength Coach on the National Age-Grade program and more recently with the Scotland Women’s 6 Nations Squad.

6. Post and Pre Season Conditioning – Break them or prepare them?
Some pre-season programmes go from a complete halt at the end of one season, to full steam ahead in a short period. This comes with inherent risks and rewards. The presentation will explore periodisation of this transition and the preparation period to ensure athletes can obtain optimal fitness whilst minimizing injury risk.

The Presenter
Andrew Murray is a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Scottish Institute of Sport. He has 9 years experience as an Applied Sport Scientist including work with European, World and Olympic medallists, as well as international football, rugby and hockey players. He has also acted as a consultant for various SPL clubs and was the first Head of Sports Science at Heart of Midlothian FC.

7. Nutrition and Hydration
You wouldn’t put regular unleaded in a Formula 1 racing car. This workshop will explore the relationship between what sports people eat and drink and their performance in competition and training.

The Presenter
Marianne Hayward has been a state registered dietitian for over 20 years and performance nutritionist for 12 years. She has been a consultant performance nutritionist with the Sports Scotland Institute of Sport since 1999. She is also the consultant nutritionist for the Dance School of Sport and the Glasgow School of Sport. Over this time Marianne also enjoyed a spell working with Aberdeen FC and Dunfermline Athletic. These areas have allowed her to develop experience in a wide variety of team and individual sports. 

8. Periodisation / Long Term Athlete Development
This workshop will examine the use of periodisation within the  long-term athlete development model for your sport. It will focus on methods to identify and close the gaps in performance between your current level and your long-term objectives.

The Presenter

Kevin McHugh is a High Performance Manager with the Scottish Institute of Sport. His coaching career began in earnest in 1992, working with his local club and progressing quickly to the Scottish National squad and the British team. In 1998 Kevin was given the opportunity to be only the third full time coach working with the Olympic squad at the National Slalom facility in Nottingham. He continued this role until 2006 working with a diverse athlete group from junior to Olympic Medallists and enjoying success at numerous world championship and two Olympic Games.

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When & Where

Gowans Terrace
PH1 5AX Perth
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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