ITU and British Triathlon partner to offer coach education

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British Triathlon and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) have signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding' to create a global Coach Education system designed to standardise and improve coaching education around the world, specifically targeting emerging triathlon National Federations (NF).

The new ITU coaching pathway, supported by UK Sport, will be based on the International Council for Coaching Excellence’s (ICCE) <hyperlink> http://www.icce.ws/index.htmlInternational Sport Coaching Framework (ISCF), which is a globally recognised framework for coaching system development. It will also draw on expertise from British Triathlon’s successful UK Coach Education Programmes and the UK Sport’s International Development team.

The new ITU coaching pathway, supported by UK Sport, will be based on the International Council for Coaching Excellence’s (ICCE) <hyperlink> http://www.icce.ws/index.htmlInternational Sport Coaching Framework (ISCF), which is a globally recognised framework for coaching system development. It will also draw on expertise from British Triathlon’s successful UK Coach Education Programmes and the UK Sport’s International Development team.

As part of the relationship, British Triathlon will help ITU develop an online e-learning platform that is based on best practices utilised in the British Triathlon e-learning platform, as well as high quality learning programmes that are delivered by skilled ITU facilitators.

British Triathlon will also recommend its delivery systems to the ITU, sharing best practices wherever possible. The project will include the creation of a robust assessment system to support NFs if they wish to implement their own coach education system, as well as recognising any NF that has a high performance coaching system.

Paul Moss, Coaching Development Manager at British Triathlon, has been appointed Project Development Manager and will work with ITU in directing the development and implementation of the coach education programme. The system will be formally launched at the 2014 ITU World Championships Grand Final in Edmonton, Canada

Moss said: "Our involvement in this project provides a great opportunity to work in partnership with ITU by helping them to create a fit-for-purpose coaching pathway and programmes, as well as supporting the development of triathlon coaches around the world.

"This partnership puts us in a great position to build on our existing relationship with ITU. The invitation to join forces on this project is further recognition that Britain Triathlon is not only a leading triathlon nation, but is also able to make a significant contribution to the sport’s international development."

The project will be overseen by Gergely Markus and Zita Csovelyak from the ITU Development Team and supported by UK Sport.

“We are thrilled to be working in conjunction with the British Triathlon Federation on this ground breaking project,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “Nobody knows the sport better nor can do more to impact its grow than our National Federations. The opportunity to share the British Federation’s expertise through an online platform with emerging federations will be an invaluable tool.”

About British Triathlon

British Triathlon is the Governing Body for the sport in Great Britain. It is responsible for raising the profile and delivering elite performance for Triathlon, Paratriathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain. Triathlon is a fast growing, dynamic and modern Olympic sport with talented world class athletes, coaches and support staff, focused around delivering world-class events and medal winning performances. 

Great Britain is home to the 2012 Olympic Champion (Alistair Brownlee) and bronze medallist (Jonathan Brownlee) as well as numerous current world champions www.britishtriathlonmedia.org/current-world-champions amongst a strong squad of world ranked elite triathletes, and emerging talent from our youth development programmes. British Triathlon enables paratriathletes to deliver world-class success, raising the profile of paratriathlon in the build up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

There are over 850 triathlon events conducted in Great Britain each year including the British Triathlon Super Series, which attracts athletes from all over the world. British Triathlon is committed to being a leader in environmental awareness in sport, protecting the environment in which we operate today and in the future.

British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. www.britishtriathlon.org

British Triathlon is a beneficiary of the UK Sport Lottery funded World-Class Programmes (WCP). The programmes focus on performance sport with the aim of achieving sporting excellence on the world stage. Further information can be found on the UK Sport website at www.uksport.gov.uk

Visit www.britishtriathlonmedia.org for downloadable image galleries, detailed athlete profiles, results, stats and information.

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