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Future of Sports Coaching to be Debated in Wales

Experts in grassroots and elite coaching will head to Wales for a major annual conference next week to debate the future needs of sport.


Encouraging more females in coaching roles, using technology, the changing needs of young people and the importance of sport to health are just some of the topics on the agenda.


The 10th annual UK Coaching Summit is co-hosted by sports coach UK and Sport Wales on 2nd and 3rd June, with over 270 delegates from the four home nations set to travel to the Vale Resort for the major two-day event.


Among the speakers are Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Sport Wales Chair Professor Laura McAllister and former Children’s Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler.


Keynote lectures will be given by Welsh explorers Richard Parks and Tori James, and business expert Dr Sally Worth will speak on coaching’s role in organisational development.


Professor Laura McAllister commented:


“The tenth UK Coaching Summit comes to Wales at a time when we have hit our own big milestones.


“We set out to double the Welsh coaching and volunteering workforce when the event was last with us in 2011. Not only have we surpassed that target but we have achieved it with a few years to spare. But this is no time to bask in glory and stand still.


“We realise now, perhaps more than ever, that coaching is a key ingredient in our success. In is true at the very elite end where Team Wales achieved their largest ever medal haul at last summer’s Commonwealth Games, down to the very grassroots where we have seen huge increases in the number of young people and adults taking part in sport regularly.


“As we look at the future of coaching, Wales is looking to be smart and innovative to continue our forward momentum.”


sports coach UK Chair Chris Baillieu MBE commented:


“The UK Coaching Summit is a key event for the coaching community. We’re delighted to return to Cardiff, enabling coaching experts from many Welsh sports to join with their colleagues from across the UK in sharing best practice and discussing future developments.”


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