Leading Talent Development Coaches to visit Oakham


Leading Talent Development Coaches are visiting Oakham School to host a seminal workshop in Talent Development.  The evening is designed to give parents and coaches the information they need to best support their children through Talent Development pathways.
Professor Dave Collins and Dr Aine McNamara, who are both from The University of Central Lancashire’s Institute of Coaching and Performance, have been researching and working in Talent Development for over 20 years. Crucially, they also have extensive practical experience – having worked with over 60 World or Olympic medallists, as well as working as Talent Development consultants to Chelsea FC, Leicester Tigers, England Hockey and the Lawn Tennis Association, to name but a few.
“We are delighted that Dave and Aine are visiting Oakham to share their wealth of experience,” says Director of Sport, Iain Simpson.  “With over 100 books and publications between them in this field alone, they are prolific in pushing the boundaries of this important area.”
They will be talking to parents about important topics such has how to create purposeful relationships with coaches and their children.  They will also be offering advice on what to look out for with their children who are on Talent Development pathways – including mental health and managing expectations.
During the afternoon, Professor Collins and Dr McNamara will be working directly with coaches from across Leicestershire and Rutland, in a series of practical sessions run in conjunction with the Leicester Tigers Academy.  Coaches, from a variety of sports at both school and club level, will be taking part to learn more the Talent Development landscape and how to operationalise Psychological Characteristics.
“Oakham School has a national reputation for sport and this seminar reflects our ongoing work in developing sportsmen and women both now and in the years ahead,” concludes Iain.  “We were one of the first schools to employ a full time Strength and Conditioning Coach, and we have recently added a Sports Psychologist to our team.  They will be specifically focused on further developing and supporting our sports coaching for all pupils, as well as developing our elite sporting talent.”
To book a place at the evening workshop, at a cost of £10 per person, please contact , to book a space in the afternoon coaching sessions, please visit:


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