British Triathlon has successfully won the Governing Body of the Year award at the 2014 UK Coaching Awards announced by Sports Coach UK last night.
British Triathlon’s nomination was based upon coaching being at the very heart of the sport, with 3,700 qualified coaches across all three levels of UKCC qualification. This approach has made a significant contribution to quality club environments, athlete experiences and performances, and supported the increased participation in the sport since the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Key developments in British Triathlon’s Coaching Programme.
More appropriately qualified and skilled coaches
- More coaches than ever before expressing an interest in becoming a triathlon coach over the last 12 months or wishing to progress to higher levels within the UKCC & ITU endorsed triathlon qualification framework (10% growth in numbers of coaching courses being delivered).
- Level 1 & 2 coaches are demonstrating a 95%+ completion.
A more diverse workforce
- Paratriathlon has been embedded into learning programmes at UKCC levels 1-3.
- A balance of a male to female coaching workforce at 65:35 respectively.
- The coaching workforce is between 16 – 70 years of age.
- Greater emphasis on recruiting women into coaching, tutoring, assessing and mentoring.
- British qualified coaches looking to work overseas, seeking employment as a triathlon coach.
A culture of self-improvement
- Benchmarking against other National Triathlon Federations and British NGB’s.
- Significant contribution to the current SkillsActive - sportscoachUK NOS review process (ongoing).
- A clear strategic coaching plan and vision for coaches embedded within the whole sport plan, with clear resources committed.
- A partnership established between ASA and British Triathlon to design, develop the level 2 Award in Coaching Open Water.
- Formal partnership established with the International Triathlon Union (IF), as leadership development consultant on coach educations systems and practices.
- A fully operational UK Coaching Steering Group, with commitment from all HN’s.
- A strong commitment to supporting learners on formal and informal education programmes through E-learning and blended delivery models, providing fit for purpose professional development opportunities.
A better-supported workforce
- Coaches Hub – a web-based CPD resource, free to all qualified coaches who hold membership with the Home Nations.
- Home Nation coaching events, including conferences, workshops and a National Performance Coaching Conference for level 3 coaches.
- A National Mentor Development Programme, available to support coaches at any level post qualification. A network of 42 coaches have been recruited and trained using a bespoke British Triathlon Mentor training programme, which is aligned to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council [EMCC] curriculum.
- Support for level 3 coaches beyond their qualification, in the form of a fit for purpose bespoke CPD programme - KAIZEN, with a view to expand to level 4 – if and when appropriate for the sport.
- Bespoke communities of Practice have been established for all High Performance coaches, (Circa 12 High Performance Coaches).
- Bespoke Communities of Practice and CPD offer to the National Talent coach network, supported by an elite coach developer and mentor.
- Coaching Bursaries offered through the Home Nation Associations to help support an individual’s education and career in triathlon coaching.
Alongside British Triathlon, Welsh Gymnastics and British Rowing were also been shortlisted.