Scotland’S Coaches Aiming To Win

Coach to Win, Scotland’s first world-class partnership coach development programme, was launched today (30 April) by Judy Murray and Frank Hadden at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh. The Coach to Win programme, originally conceived by Andrew Baptie, coaching development officer at Edinburgh Leisure, aims to produce more winning athletes by instilling a culture of excellence in Scottish coaches.Coach to Win, Scotland’s first world-class partnership coach development programme, was launched today (30 April) by Judy Murray and Frank Hadden at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh.

The Coach to Win programme, originally conceived by Andrew Baptie, coaching development officer at Edinburgh Leisure, aims to produce more winning athletes by instilling a culture of excellence in Scottish coaches.

It recognises the crucial role of coaching in achieving international success for Scottish sport and will provide a range of excellent opportunities including winning mentality workshops, mentoring sessions and overseas training camps.

The partners involved in the pilot are Coaching Edinburgh, Edinburgh Leisure, East of Scotland Institute of Sport (ESIS), The Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation and relevant National Governing Bodies (NGBs).

Some ?£20,000 is being invested in the first year, enabling seven coaches to undertake a year-long personal development plan.

One of the key elements of the programme will be the opportunity to participate in overseas training camps. This follows a study published by the Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation last year, which showed that Scotland’s athletes and coaches are seriously disadvantaged by a lack of exposure to international coaching methods.

The first seven coaches in the three-year programme work with ESIS in Edinburgh in tennis, badminton, diving, rugby and cycling. They include Commonwealth Games medallist and national cycling coach James McCallum, Scotland rugby under-20s head coach Greig Oliver and National Academy (Caledonia) rugby coach Colin Robertson.

At the launch event, Frank Hadden, Scottish national rugby coach, said: “The Coach To Win project is a superb achievement for the partners involved. It’s great to see so many organisations coming together to raise the standard and quality of coaching in Scotland and I’m sure it will only be a matter of time before this investment pays off in improved athlete performance.”

Judy Murray, one of the UK’s top tennis coaches and mother of British number one Andy Murray, added: “The importance of good coaching cannot be underestimated – like having the right equipment and the best facilities, a great coach can make the difference between success and failure, so the launch of Coach To Win is excellent news for Scottish sport.”

Andrew Baptie, coaching development officer at Edinburgh Leisure whose idea inspired Coach To Win, said: “I’m really excited about this project. Coaching Edinburgh has successfully recruited and developed over 600 coaches in the last three years, with a focus on creating more coaches to deliver more sport. Now, the Coach To Win programme offers a new opportunity to support Edinburgh’s high-performance coaches and instil a winning culture in those involved. By providing an incentive structure for coaches, we aim to help them achieve more in their chosen field and provide world class athletes right here in Edinburgh.”

Graham Watson, executive director of The Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation, which is supporting Coach To Win as part of its culture of winning programme, said: “Last year we published research which showed that Scotland lacks a culture of winning and our international sporting success is being held back by the absence of a proper coaching infrastructure and a career development path for coaches in Scotland.

“Coaching is one of our highest priorities and we are encouraged by the interest shown in the Coach To Win project. Edinburgh is leading the field in this respect and we hope this enthusiasm will be replicated in other parts of the country. Andrew Baptie should be commended for initiating this winning idea and having the determination to see it through.”

Paul Bush OBE, chairman of ESIS, agrees: “Developing a culture of excellence, in which our coaches are given the best opportunities to become world class, is essential in supporting our athletes as they strive to reach the very top in their sports.

“Combining top-quality coaching with the best training facilities and a comprehensive range of support services is a winning formula, so I am thrilled about the involvement of ESIS in the Coach To Win programme and wish the project every success.”