Nine of the UK’s top high performance coaches have been chosen to be part of the second intake of UK Sport’s World-Class Coaching Elite Programme. British Triathlon’s Ben Bright and Jack Maitland are included in the group that will benefit from a three-year development programme.
Bright, the British Triathlon Head Coach, and Maitland, who alongside Malcolm Brown has driven the success of the Leeds Triathlon centre, have been chosen alongside nine other coaches from various sports.
They were selected due to their proven ability to deliver success at the highest level within the British high-performance system, and will benefit from a ground-breaking three-year development programme, with an investment of approximately £20,000 per coach, per year.
The Elite Programme will allow unparalleled access to world leading expertise, technology and experiences, while delivery of the programme will highly bespoke, designed to meet the needs of every individual coach and sport.
Simon Timson, Director of Performance at UK Sport, said: "Supporting and challenging our best coaches to become world leading is one the core pillars to achieving our goal of enabling more athletes to win more medals in Rio 2016 and beyond.
"In addition to becoming better coaches themselves, our expectation is they will also learn to mentor and develop aspiring world class coaches within their sport, develop more effective talent pathways and efficiently integrate sports science and medicine support, so ultimately more athletes realise their full potential on the Olympic and Paralympic stage."
UK Sport has worked directly with over 250 coaches to enhance their professional development, including British Skeleton coach Mark Woods and British Curling coach Rhona Howie (formerly Martin), both former athletes turned coaches, who have just returned from Sochi 2014 where their athletes helped Team GB reach a historic four medal haul.
The cohort includes: Greg Baker (Disability Table Tennis), Andy Banks (British Diving), Ben Bright (British Triathlon), Andy Flower (England Cricket), Stephen Jennings (GB Taekwondo), Pasan Kularatne (Disability Target Shooting), Jack Maitland (British Triathlon), Hugh Styles (GB Sailing), Stuart Wilkinson (Wheelchair Tennis).