Clive Efford meets Top Coaches

MP for Eltham, Clive Efford says excellent coaching has a key role to play in boosting sporting participation in the UK – a key legacy aim of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.The Shadow Minister for Sport said: “Having the right coaches with the right qualifications in the right places increases the number of people who participate and stay in sport – and improves performances.”

Clive was speaking following a Westminster reception hosted by sports coach UK – the United Kingdom’s central agency for coaching – where he met inspirational coaches and heard from England Women’s National Football and Team GB Coach Hope Powell.

Clive also learnt about areas of sports coach UK’s work, including Coach Inspire 2014, a new High-Performance Coach-Development initiative designed to increase Home Country medal success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The sports coach UK programme, supported by UK Sport and the Home Country Sports Councils, will provide a stepping stone for coaches to elite and world-class programmes and help retain high-performance coaches.

He also joined guests in celebrating the positive impact of the UKCC on the development of the coaching systems of more than 30 sports.

And there was a chance to speak to award-winning coaches about the importance of excellent coaching so that everyone can enjoy sport, and realise their talent.

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