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BBC Sport | Scotland | UK EditionCollins & Calderwood eye Scots jobJohn Collins and Jimmy Calderwood are both interested in succeeding George Burley as manager of Scotland.Dundee Utd anxious to keep LeveinCraig Levein would listen to approach to manage Scotland but Dundee United will battle to keep their manager. Scots unchanged for Aussie clashChris Cusiter retains the captain's armband for Scotland's Test against Australia on Saturday, while Chris Paterson starts on the bench. Arthur jumps weight for comebackEdinburgh's Alex Arthur moves up to light-welterweight to take on Nigel Wright in Newcastle in December.Burley sacked as Scotland managerGeorge Burley is fired as manager of Scotland after a poor sequence of results.Cost of 2014 Games rises to £454mThe organising committee for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow announces a budget increase of £81m.Open rule change benefits WatsonTom Watson will be able to play in the Open beyond next year after a rule change extends the entry age for ex-champions with a recent top-10 finish in the major.Dundee Utd defend half-price planDundee United chairman Stephen Thompson defends the club's decision to charge fans for admission to their replayed match with Rangers next month.Gers fans discuss board presenceRangers supporters attend a conference at Ibrox to hear how Hamburg and Espanyol fans are having a say in the running of their respective clubs.Dundee 0-0 Queen of the SouthQueen of the South stay top of Division One ahead of Dundee after a poor goalless draw at Dens Park.Dunfermline 3-1 Partick ThistleA double by Willie Gibson helps Dunfermline overcome Partick Thistle at East End Park.Fir Park and Hampden host semisThe Co-operative Insurance Cup semi-final between Hearts and St Mirren will be played at Fir Park while the other semi heads for Hampden.Gers and Hearts apart after drawHearts will take on St Mirren while Rangers will play St Johnstone in the semi-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup.Mixed feelings for coach RobinsonAndy Robinson is happy to record a win over Fiji in his first game as Scotland coach but says his side must improve.Scotland 23-10 FijiScotland ease to victory over Fiji in Andy Robinson's first game as head coach.
Inverness Coach Blitzes UK Awards
13 December 2006
Robbie Paulin who coaches for the Inverness Blitz (American Football Club with almost 200 members) attended the 2006 UK Coach of the Year Awards in December and came away with the UK Young Coach of the Year Award against exceptionally strong and worthy competition.

At the awards ceremony held on Wednesday 13th December in the Dorchester Hotel in London, Robbie was presented with the trophy and in doing so entered the Sports Coach UK Coaching Hall of Fame. The glittering ceremony which was compered by BBC Sport’s Steve Rider, was attended by some of sport's most recognisable names including Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Clive Woodward, Duncan Goodhew and Sir Trevor Brooking. Also in attendance were Sports Minister Richard Caborn and TV and radio personality Eamon Holmes, while former Olympian Roger Black gave an address on the value and importance of coaching.

Basketball Joins Coaching Highland
01 November 2008
Basketball Scotland having recently appointed a Development Officer for Basketball in Highland (John Kerray) have confirmed that they are accepting the offer made by Coaching Highland for Basketball to join the programme as a core sport as of 1st November 2008.

Basketball will benefit with over £3,000 of Coaching Highland's funding for Coach Scholarships.

Malawi 2008
01 September 2008
Sports Leadership reaches new levels as the Coaching Highland Programme broadens its horizons once more.

In June 2008, a number of Nairn Academy Sports Leader candidates helped deliver an award to a Malawian Secondary school in Africa, where 101 candidates were successful in completing The Day Certificate in Sports Leadership (DCL). The linked partnership has created a lasting legacy for the school staff and senior pupils of Chipasula Secondary School who took part in this award and gained a number of invaluable skills and games ideas.

Coaching Highland offered support for this outstanding achievement by offering kit and funding the certificates for the 101 candidates but more importantly, gave expert advice on delivery methods and sports leadership ideas.

See link below for the full story and pictures.

Annual Report 2007-08
15 August 2008
Coaching Highland's third annual report covering the financial year 2007-08 was approved at the Company's AGM on 12th August 2008.

The annual report shows another very successful year and can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

Ventoux Challenge Support
13 August 2008
They trained! They went! They saw and they conquered The Giant of Provence…’Windy Mountain’.

A group of cyclists from Inverness College, including Coaching Highland’s own Director of Sports/Coaching Development - Dougie MacDonald - made the gruelling trip up Mount Ventoux on bicycles recently. Coaching Highland was pleased to offer funding towards Coach training and the onward success of the group in France.

Mount Ventoux is a standalone mountain in the generally flat French region of Provence and raises up to a height of 1912m, which is 565m higher than Ben Nevis.

The group of 9 cyclists, which included both college lecturers and HND students, chose the Bedoin route, listed as the most challenging, with nearly 14 miles distance and a climb of 1617m. The climb forms part of the Tour de France and as many riders continue to find out, is relentless giving no respite, averaging a 7.4% gradient (or 1:10) climb the whole way from start to finish. Dave Paulin, the group spokesperson said, ‚ÄúThe climb was hard going but the group were all very determined to complete the challenge.‚ÄĚ

The record for the climb stands at just under 56mins - an awesome benchmark for professional riders. The group times ranged between 2 and 6 hours and they had an amazing sense of satisfaction in completing the challenge… each deserves a medal, a yellow jersey and certainly the certificate of completion gained. Coaching Highland would like to acknowledge this feat and congratulate each of the members of the team on their success in completing their own Ventoux Challenge.

Since the trip, Dougie MacDonald and Dave Paulin have both returned on separate occasions during the holidays. In fact Dave took on his own super challenge of completing all three routes up Ventoux in a one day period and despite minor injury…succeeded, a massive well done Dave!

Dougie has since reflected on the fantastic experience of France saying that the Highlands of Scotland offers a perfect training ground which prepared their group well for Ventoux. He also suggests that if you fancy your own little Highland Challenge up Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore, register at the Cyclelife shop and cycle up the mountain road to the Base Station on Cairngorm and you will receive a free Funicular pass and cup of Tea/Coffee at the Cas Bar.

Course Bookings Now Online
22 July 2008
Coaching Highland today launched their online booking system for Coach Education Courses. Members can access the Coaching Courses page and book a place on a course if the course is being organised by Coaching Highland.

Payments are being taken using PayPal which is a popular online payment system. The person booking however does not need a PayPal account as the system will also allow them to pay by credit or debit card.

The first course bookable online is an Emergency 1st Aid for Sport course on 6th September 2008.

Athletics Lost As A Core Sport
05 June 2008
On 4th June 2008, Scottish Athletics broke the news to Coaching Highland that they will not be able to accept the offer of their coach education and development support. Athletics has been given (and accepted) the offer of being a core sport since 1995 when the project was known as Gael Force Ten. Both organisations are disppointed but accept that it has to happen as Scottish Athletcs has just lost significant funding nationally.

The result of this is that Coach Scholarships and the Coach Action Plan funded by Coaching Highland will not be available for local athletics coaches in Highland. However, coaches can still access the 'Coach Education Grants' which offer a lower level of support from the members area of our site.

Equipment Booking Now Online
12 March 2008
We are delighted to announce that you can now book our equipment for your use via the members area - see 'EQUIPMENT BOOKING'.

All items are free except for the mobile sound system and you will find the list of available items on the equipment page including laptop, video camera, data projector and so on.

Please note that all equipment must be collected from and returned to the Coaching Highland office in Inverness - unfortunately we are unable to deliver/collect items.

3 New Reports Posted
12 March 2008
We have posted three new reports online for your information:

1. Coaching Highland Annual Report 2006-07

2. School & Community Activity Leaders Project - end of project report.

3. Compass Report - 12 year review of the work of Coaching Highland / Gael Force Ten and recommendations for the future direction of the company.

You will find these reports in the DOWNLOADS section of the members area - if you require any help locating these (as they are in different folders), please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Coaching Grants Online Now!!!
08 November 2007
We are delighted to announce that our website now allows members to apply for both Coach Scholarships AND our new Coach Education Grants online.

Go to Funding | Coaching Grants in the members area and you can use the online application form to apply for a grant for ANY sport. No longer is this form restricted to our 10 core sports.

If you plan on attending a coach education course, seminar or workshop, remember to use this form to apply for funding from us.

This new system allows us to respond to your application much quicker and you also get a copy of your application e-mailed to you automatically when you submit it.

We look forward to your funding requests coming in soon!

Athletics DO Appointed
16 August 2007
Following interviews on 15th August, the Highland Athletics Partnership (HAP) appointed Julie Wyatt as the Highland Athletics Development Officer who will start her role on 1st October 2007.

Julie has been working for Orkney Islands Council for the past 3 years as an Active Schools Co-ordinator and threw discuss to Scottish level and has been coaching since her 5th year of high school. She is a level 2 qualified coach specialising on throws and is also a Sports Coach UK tutor for the Coaching Children and Young People course.

Coaching Highland (part of the HAP) have agreed to line manage the post as part of their funding and in-kind support for this exciting new development.

We look forward to welcoming Julie into post in October.

New Sports Welcomed
01 May 2007
Coaching Highland are delighted to formally announce the introduction of Disability Sport and Rugby as our two latest core sports. This follows the graduation of Gymnastics (inc. Trampolining) and Orienteering who have benefitted from our support for 10 and 8 years respectively.

We have funded almost 200 gymnastics coaches and 60 orienteering coaches in that time and so these sports have better coaching support now.

Full details of the new Rugby and Disability Sports programmes are posted in the members area.

Charitable Status Awarded
17 April 2007
On 17th April 2007, Coaching Highland officially became a registered Scottish Charity (No: SC038094). This will allow the organisation to seek new and additional funding to further our aims to develop coaches and coaching in the Highlands of Scotland.

Have a look at our entry on the OSCR website (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) by clicking the link below.

New Child Protection Policy Template for Clubs
29 March 2007
A new template for sports clubs has been launched which provides templates on child protection and vulnerable adult protection policies. The document was created in January 2007 and can be downloaded from our CLub Support section or vie the link below.
Scotland's Sports Strategy Launched
08 March 2007
A revised nationwide Sports Strategy was launched today as final approval was given for work to begin on the £27 million Stirling Sports Village.

Sports Minister Patricia Ferguson said Reaching Higher: Building on the Success of Sport 21 took into account the need for greater participation and elite performance improvement, and recognised that strong leadership was required to deliver legacies from a London Olympics and a Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

"The strategy is primarily about the improvement and development of Scottish sport but it is also about improving health, developing self confidence and improving quality of life.

"It is, I believe, a new strategic approach which provides clear leadership and direction for sport in Scotland.

"Having state of the art facilities can help realise our sporting ambitions. That's why the Scottish Executive and its partners are investing tens of millions of pounds in new sport training and competition facilities across Scotland."

Julia Bracewell OBE, Chair of sportscotland said:

"We welcome the launch of the revised strategy which provides a strong framework from which to increase participation and improve performance in Scottish sport. We look forward to working with the Scottish Executive and key partners in delivering it."


New Title For 'Good Practice & Child Protection' Course
01 February 2007
This comprehensive workshop (now titled 'Safeguarding & Protecting Children') is the result of a review of the Good Practice and Child Protection workshop. The updated workshop and resource meets the basic foundation requirements for safeguarding and protecting children and young people in sport, for anyone whose role brings them into contact with children and young people.
On completion of this workshop, you should be able to; identify and recognise good coaching practice, and the implications for your coaching; explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response; recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of child abuse and poor practice; and take appropriate action, if concerns about a child arise.
Annual Report Released
26 January 2007
The first annual report of Coaching Highland covering the period 2005-06 was today released. To download a copy please vist the downloads page in the members area.
Website 1 Year Old
21 November 2006
The Coaching Highland website is one year old today - with 530 members, 85,000 pages viewed and 50,000 hits (individual sessions. Thank you to you all for helping to make it successful and helping shape its development through the online survey we conducted and the ideas you send us my e-mail. Please tell us if you would like to see more features built into the site.

The forum, events calendar and photo library which you wanted to keep when asked in the survey are still not being used and so we will reconsider removing these items in the new year.

We at Coaching Highland are delighted that so many of you have joined as members and we hope that you find the site useful. Please help us to promote the existence of this resource for sports coaches in the Highlands by telling your colleagues, coaches and friends about

We are about to have a short promotional video produced which you can use to show people the benefits of our site.

Lastly, we still have plenty of grants available for coaches wishing to sit coaching awards, attend conferences/seminars or other coach education related sessions - please go to the funding part of the members area if you wish to apply.
Coaching Conference 2007 - Survey
20 November 2006
We are about to start work on the planning for the Highland Coaching Conference 2007 (likely to run in March). To this end we want to know what topics you want and how we should organise the event. A short survey has been created to gather your opinions and you can access this by using the link below.

Please tell other coaches about this survey who you think might be interested in the Conference as the more coaches complete it, the better idea we will have about what coaches in the area want to see!

Survey closes after 3rd December 2006.

Website Revamped
30 August 2006
Following the recent members survey regarding the website, we reviewed the comments and have today launched the revamped site!

As well as the colour changes, we have added a page about Coach Mentoring; members can log-in on the home page; a photo library for you to use has been built in; and site updates are automatically displayed on the home page.

We would love to hear your comments if you have any and as always, any ideas for developing it would be greatly appreciated.

As ever, our thanks to the Highland Council and sportscotland as our main funders - our thanks also go to the 19 other funders - without your support, our coaching development work in the Highlands would not be possible!

My last thanks are for Garve and Colin at Plexus Media who have worked with us to redesign the site. You may be interested to note that they are now kindly offering you free websites which we at Coaching Highland endorse. Please look in the Club Support pages of our site to get your free, easy to use website!!

We hope that the improvements we made reflect your comments and that the new site is what you are looking for.

Website A Big Hit
29 August 2006
Since being launched on 21st November 2005 the site has proved to be very popular. 9 months old and we have recorded 375 members; 65,000 pages have been viewed; and there have been 39,000 hits (individual sessions) on the site. We are seeking views on the website and set up an online survey to see what you think of the site which closed on 16th July.
Highland Youth Games Declined
02 August 2006
To celebrate the Highland Year of Culture in 2007, Coaching Highland applied for funding from Highland 2007 to organise the Highland Youth Games where over 600 S1 and S2 pupils from all over the Highlands were to participate in various sports on 14th September 2006. If funding was approved, the event would have run at Inverness Leisure, Torvean Golf Course and the Bught Pitches in Inverness.

The teams were to be mixed sex and the total numbers and sports are shown below:

Athletics - 6 Boys & 6 Girls
Badminton - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Basketball - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Football - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Golf - 2 Boys & 2 Girls
Hockey - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Rugby - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Swimming - 6 Boys & 6 Girls

Totals - 39 Boys & 39 Girls

78 x 8 areas = 624 participants.

Unfortunately we were turned down by the HIghland 2007 Cross Community Fund so the event has been cancelled.

3,000 Coaching Kits On Offer
30 June 2006
Barclays is committing £30 million to its Spaces for Sport programme over an initial three-year period. The Football Foundation will further provide £2.1 million of matched funding for flagship sites every year, while Groundwork will contribute £250,000 per year to the local sites programme. The programme will create a small number of major capital developments. Of more interest to many clubs will be the 3,000 coaching pack each worth around £750. These are available to clubs and groups in areas of social and economic deprivation focused on those with physical and learning disabilities, young people, women and girls, and black and ethnic minority groups.
Awards for All Grants Increase
30 May 2006
In May 2006, the maximum grant award available for sports clubs to apply from Awards for All is increasing from £5,000 to £10,000. See Awards for All website for more information or to apply.
Multi Activity Sports Clubs
01 April 2006
Coaching Highland have released funding for two pilot projects in Inverness and Carrbridge. Both iniatives are designed to establish a club for young people in these areas allowing them to try lots of sporting activities rather than have to join many individual clubs. By getting a taster in multi sports, they can then join a sports specific club and get a higher level of coaching in their chosen sport(s). Reports are being written on the progress and detailing the structures which will be available soon but early signs are extremely positive with good attendances and a growing number of parents volunteering!
World Anti Doping Agency Announces Prohibited Substances List
30 December 2005
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published the new List of Prohibited Substances and Methods in Sport which takes effect from 1 January 2006. Despite the List showing few major changes from that currently in use, UK Sport has urged athletes and support personnel to get to grips with it now in order to avoid any possible confusion when it becomes live.

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