County gears up for the return of coaching bonanza

Coach Education Week is returning to Hertfordshire in February
Coach Education Week is returning to Hertfordshire in February

Europe’s largest coaching event will return to Hertfordshire in February, with more than 1,500 coaches expected to take part in Coach Education Week 2014.

Building on the success of previous years, the Herts Sports Partnership are running 70 coaching courses and workshops covering 20 different sports over the February half term – from February 15 to February 22.

“Coach Education Week will appeal to coaches at all levels, from grassroots sport through to the elite level,” said Rob Hardwick, coaching development manager at Herts Sports Partnership.

Colleague John O’Callaghan, the partnership’s coach and sports development manager added: “This is the most diverse Coach Education Week yet and it truly reflects the demand for courses in a wide range of sports. Each year the programme grows and we are once again introducing new sports to the event.

“We are also able to offer many of the courses at hugely discounted rates and several are available completely for free.”

With the support of the Hertfordshire FA, this year’s football programme is the biggest in the event’s history. There are six football-related courses ranging from Developing Leadership Skills to Powerchair Football.

It’s not just the mainstream sports that are available - awards courses are also offered in sports such as fencing, Gaelic football, lacrosse and dodgeball.

Alongside the sport-specific courses, there will also be a wide range of generic workshops in areas such as safeguarding & protecting children and first aid.

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