Britain’s most decorated female Olympian Katherine Grainger was among a delegation of over 200 elite coaches and sport development experts gathering at St. George’s Park for the UK Coaching Summit 2013.
The two-day event welcomed 35 guest speakers and adopted the tagline - Excellent Coaching, Every Time, For Everyone.
The Summit gave delegates the opportunity to discuss techniques with coaches from a wide range of sports.
Tony Byrne, CEO of Sport Coach UK said: “It gives us a great opportunity to network, to share our ideas and our experiences.
“It also gives us a chance to debate, sometimes to argue, hopefully agree, and move forward for the coming year.
“If you look at St. George’s Park and what it stands for, which is about really trying to create excellence, the summit itself is about excellence. Excellent coaching, every time for every one.”
Talking about the critical, and often unnoticed role coaches play to developing athletes of all levels, Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger said: “Our coaches were absolutely essential to every step of my career progression.
“There’s no way that would have had everything, from the confidence and the belief in my own abilities, to the knowledge, the expertise, the knowhow, that my various coaches through my years have given me.
“You always feel that it’s a bit of a shame, because coaches never get any of the limelight and yet, I think every athlete would say that they’ve been key to their success."
Meanwhile Nick Scott, Rugby Football Union's national coaching development manager, said the of the venue: "It lifts the bar, it really does.
"The facilities are absolutely outstanding and there’s a culture of excellence here that every coach, every player, everyone who works in sport should aspire to. Everything that happens in this place just oozes excellence."
See highlights from the event in the video below.
St. George's Park welcomed people from across the world of sport to the UK Coaching Summit