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CPD Event Details

Women in Coaching Conference 2014

When? 23rd Aug 2014
Registration Closing
21st Aug 2014
Aston University The Aston Triangle Birmingham West Midlands B4 7ET
£ 0.00
Standard Ticket
Ticket to Conference
£ 30.00

Female coaches only!!

Please note that this conference is for female coaches only

Programme for the day

9.45 -10.15: Arrival / Registration

10.15 – 10.30: Welcome and Introductions

10.30 – 11.40 Sharon Hannon Keynote Speech- “Laying the Foundations for Senior Success”

11.40 – 12.00 Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.30 Kate Goodger – “the Female Chimp Explored”

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 14.50 Elaine Grant - the Female Coach Legacy Programme

14.50 – 15.50 Amanda Reddin – “Lessons Learnt from the Journey into High Performance Coaching”

15.50 – 16.10 Coffee Break

16.10 – 17.15 Panel Discussion – “Practical solutions to issues female coaches face” chaired by Kelly Sotherton

17.15 Close

19.00 BBQ (for those coaches who are staying at Conference Aston or who booked a ticket upon registration)

introduction to the speakers

Amanda Reddin OBE

Amanda Reddin is a gymnastics coach, and former Olympic gymnast for Great Britain. Personal coach of many successful gymnasts, including three time world champion and Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, two time Olympian Hannah Whelan and Olympian Jennifer Pinches. Amanda began coaching at the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club in 1992 and has led the club to multiple British team titles. Here she met and began to coach Britain’s most successful gymnast, Beth Tweddle, from the age of 12 through to her retirement. Amanda, who has coached at 12 World championships and 4 Olympic Games was appointed as Head National Coach for British Gymnastics in October 2012. Fresh from the most successful ever European Championships for the British team, Amanda will take part in a question and answer session looking at her personal coaching journey into the high performance ranks and the lessons learnt along the way.

Dr Kate Goodger

Kate is the Director of Education for Dr Steve Peters highly successful Chimp Management Ltd, where she leads a team of practitioners developing the application of the Chimp Model in schools and organisations in education, and also works with corporate clients and the British Equestrian Federation.

Kate has worked with summer and winter sports for Team GB at 5 Olympics and was formerly a Senior and Lead Practitioner with the English Institute of Sport before joining Chimp Management. Her background is originally in teaching where she taught PE and Geography in secondary schools, before completing a PhD in Athlete Burnout at Loughborough University. Kate is a published researcher and has presented internationally as both an academic and applied practitioner. She has extensive expertise in the development of educational programmes in emotional and psychological skill, including coaching and mentoring programmes.

Kate will discuss the mind management programme outlined in Dr Peter’s “Chimp Paradox” book, which seeks to help individuals to make sense of the mind and develop skills to optimise how they operate in line with their goals to support psychological fitness, happiness and success. There are observable differences between males and females in both structure and how different parts of the brain function and Kate’s talk will focus specifically on understanding the “female chimp” and using this insight to work more effectively both as an individual and in your relationship with your athletes.

Sharon Hannan

Sharon Hannan was the coach who first spotted Australia’s golden girl Sally Pearson, as a 12 year old and carefully developed Pearson’s talent as a young teenager through to success at London 2012, where Hannan was a team coach for Australia. Along with her husband Peter, Sharon owns Sports Credentials Pty, and is involved in coaching elite and developing track & field athletes from Australia and the Oceania region, management of the Gold Coast City Athletics Track, Coach Education and curriculum consultation.

Sharon will be sharing her coaching journey, from an interested parent to Olympic Coach. She will discuss her thoughts and philosophy around developing athletes, particularly laying the foundations for senior success and transitioning an athlete from a talented junior to a successful senior, whilst avoiding many of the pitfalls along the way.

Elaine Grant

Elaine is currently working for Sport Northern Ireland as the Lead officer for High Performance & Talent Coaching Development, where her role is to identify, support and develop a workforce of High Performance & Talent coaches to progress the establishment of a World Class System for athlete development within identified sports in Northern Ireland.

Prior to this Elaine worked for Athletics Northern Ireland for 6.5 years, spending her first two years in a Regional Development role and the remainder as Talent Development Coach.

As a Level 3 Performance Coach, Elaine was Lead Athletics Coach for the Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man 2011 and is currently Assistant Coach to the 2014 Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Athletics Team. She is also part of the Sports Coach UK Aspire Performance Coach Development Programme.

Elaine was Chair of the British Athletics Women in Coaching Advisory Group from 2011 and has recently stood down from this position after having moved to her new role at Sport Northern Ireland. During her time as Chair Elaine was lead organiser of the 2012 and 2013 Women in Coaching Conferences and lead the development of the current British Athletics Female Coach Legacy Programme and still currently leads the implementation of the programme on behalf of British Athletics and will remain as an advisor to the Women in Coaching Advisory Group as they move forward.

Elaine will deliver a short session explaining the purpose and structure of the British Athletics Female Coach Legacy Programme including what the programme looks like for the coaches participating and what potential new coaches can expect to gain from getting involved.

Through delivering this session Elaine hopes to answer some of the common questions that are asked around supporting Women in Elite Coaching… Why should Female Coaches receive special development opportunities? What can I learn in a female environment that I cannot learn in a mixed Environment? What can the programme offer me?

It is hoped that this session will explain the programme and give female coaches some ideas on how to develop their own coaching and inspire them to take their coaching to the next level, whatever that means to them personally.


British Athletics have negotiated special rates for conferences delicates wishing to stay at the Conference Aston (the same venue as the conference). 

  • £55 for bed and breakfast

To book accommodation please click here or Telephone - 0121 204 3726 and speak to Raj Biran. Quote Reference code "Britath".

We hope that as many delegates as possible will be able to join us here and will be providing a BBQ on Saturday evening for any delegates taking advantage of this


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