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Coaching Highland win UK Award
19 December 2008
Coaching Highland was announced winner at the UK Coaching Awards 2008 hosted by Sports Coach UK on Wednesday 17th December in a glittering ceremony at the Dorchester in London’s Mayfair. They won the new category ‘Agency in Support of Coaching’ and were up against SkillsActive (the sector skills council for the active leisure and learning industry in the UK) and The Football Foundation (funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government to fund grassroots football across England).

See full story and pictures on link below.

NEW: Online Sports Psychology Course - Book Now
12 November 2009
The Coaching Edge: An introduction to sport psychology and mental skills for sports coaches.

This web-based course for coaches introduces and explores sport psychology and coaching in an understandable format; so often, the difference in sporting excellence is the mental edge.

In this course, you will be given cutting edge mental skills, techniques and models that will raise your coaching performance to the next level.

The course is designed in a way which will show you how to continue to develop your coaching practice for current demands.

Some of the areas the course will cover:

• Creating an effective motivational climate for your athletes
• Coaching to develop confidence and self-belief
• How to use routines to overcome performance anxiety
• Effective visualization and mental rehearsal
• Focus and concentration
• Positive coaching and communication
• Group dynamics and coaching

By the end of the course the participants will understand how to integrate sport psychology models and techniques effectively into their coaching practices.

Format: Four x 60 mins webinars(details will be supplied) with supporting material. For the duration of the course participants will have full e-mail support from Donald MacNaughton, international sport psychologist and performance coach.

Dates 7th,14th,21st December & 11th January. Time 8-9pm

Cost Full price £45 (inc vat)
Coaching Highland Survey Respondants £35 (inc vat)

New Staff - Nia Jones
19 October 2009
Nia Jones today joined Coachng Highland as our new Sports Leaders Co-ordinator. Having completed a Sport Science degree in University of Wales, Bangor in 2004, Nia has worked with the Leisure and Community Development team in Conwy County Borough Council as Rural Leisure Officer, Leisure Support Officer and Community Development Officer developing many aspects of leisure and community life within Conwy. Nia has a keen interest in Golf and enjoys many other outdoor activities having recently taken up climbing. Having already attended the tutor training workshops covering Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership and the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership Nia is very excited at the prospect of becoming an active team member of Coaching Highland and delivering the Sports Leaders UK ‘Sports Leaders Awards’ throughout the Highlands.
Annual Report 2008-09 Launched
09 September 2009
The Coaching Highland Annual Report for 2008-09 was approved at the Companies AGM on 11th August 2009.

The report shows another fantastic year for the charity with the highlight being the UK Coaching Awards win.

To view the Annual Report, please click on the link below.

Thanks from Badminton
07 September 2009
Inverness Junior Badminton Club organised the Badminton Leaders course which was recently held at Culloden Academy. Candidates from Hilton Badminton Club, Culloden Academy, and Crown School also attended the course.

The club is attempting to develop the sport by having more active and committed coaches to work with young players in the area, and to have a larger pool of coaches within the clubs.

It is hoped that all the successful candidates will, after putting their new coaching skills into practice, proceed to the Level 1 coaching award.

The club thanks Elissa Steven of Coaching Highland for her help and assistance in the funding of the course.

Inverness Junior Badminton Club holds sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the year. During the last year the club organised around 170 sessions with qualified coaches in attendance.

One of the aims of the club is to progress the players to its Sunday session which is by invitation only, and is aimed at the performance scale of the sport. Selected players from Badminton Moray are also invited to the Sunday session as part of the networking arrangements between Inverness Junior Badminton Club and Badminton Moray.

Players are actively encouraged to compete in local tournaments and in the Central Belt.

Photograph shows the successful candidates.

Back row-Alison MacRitchie(IJBC) Morag MacLeod (Crown), Ross Wilson & Kenny MacLean (Hilton Community Centre), Chay Ross(IJBC), Molly MacKay & Ruaridh MacDonald (Culloden Academy)

Front row-Gillian Herron ,Calum Wilson , Andy MacLean, Duncan Grant & Victoria Smith (IJBC). Leaders coach, Angela Bell (Forres).

Report and picture courtesy of Mark Wilson

Female Director Joins Board
24 August 2009
Elizabeth Barron, the Curriculum Manager (Science & Sport) at Inverness College UHI joined the Board of Coaching Highland as our first female Director at our AGM on 11th August 2009.

She filled a vacancy left by Hugh Mackay whose term ended as per our Mems & Arts governing the Company.

Elizabeth also sits on the committee of Scotland's Colleges Sport and is planning to launch a Sports Union at Inverness College during August this year.

Highland Coaching Conference 2010
03 August 2009
The 2010 Highland Coaching Conference date has been set for 20th February 2010 at Dingwall Academy.

We have received many ideas from you on what you would like to see at the conference through an online survey which closed August 2009. We will begin work now to consider these ideas for the programme and finalise the venue. Details to follow when available.

New - Coaching Tips & BLOG
12 June 2009
Dougie MacDonald, one of our Directors, has committed to writing a Director's Blog which you can see by logging in to the members area.

The first two are about the excellent Highland Coaching Conference held during November and our win at the UK Coaching Awards in December 2008.

Our own Co-ordinators are adding 'Coaching Tips' and you will find this in the members are also. We are aiming for one to be posted each month.

£150,000 of Coach Scholarships
15 May 2009
Coaching Highland reached a milestone this week when they awarded a coaching grant which brings their total funding to date up to £150,000.

The recipient of the grant, Len Cruickshank, has just completed a golf coaching course which allows him to coach the junior section at the Kingussie Golf Club.

Len is delighted with the funding boost “This has been a terrific opportunity for Kingussie Golf Club and for the young players at the club?

He said “As a result of attending this course I hope to build up the junior membership and contribute to the success of the club. I’d like to thank Coaching Highland on behalf of Kingussie Golf Club for their support and look forward to working with them again in the future.?

Alan Hoseason, Coaching Development Officer at Coaching Highland, said: “This is an important milestone for the company and we are delighted to have reached this total. To date we have funded 2,200 coaches across the Highland region and hope to expand on this.?

“Coaches like Len are the future for sport in the Highlands and we were extremely pleased that we were able to play a role in the coaching system at Kingussie.?

Cycling & Swimming Join Coaching Highland
01 April 2009
With the start of the new Financial Year, we are delighted to announce that Scottish Cycling and Scottish Swimming have accepted our offer of a Core Sport place in Coaching Highland for 2009-10. Full details of their programmes will be available in the Core Sports part of our site in due course.
Local Coach Wins Coach of the Year
28 March 2009
Chanonry Sailing Club (Fortrose) sailor Richard Evans has been selected as the Royal Yachting Association Scotland’s Coach of the Year. The award was presented to Richard by Stephen Park OBE, RYA’s Olympic Manager for Team GB, at the RYA Scotland Annual General Meeting at the Falkirk Wheel last Saturday.

Stephen Park (‘Sparky’) highlighted Richard’s dynamic approach to coaching which has inspired more sailors to enter races and take a critical look at their own sailing. Richard has also assisted the Regional Coach with the North of Scotland Sailing Squad which is a youth group of sailors who aspire to compete at a national or higher level.

As the Chanonry Club Race Coach, Richard is of course a volunteer. He is very modest about the time he gives to the sport but virtually every weekend will see him coaching or racing or supporting Jack. Richard in turn has received valuable support towards gaining his qualifications from Coaching Highland and the Ross & Cromarty Sports Council.

Badminton & Cricket to Graduate
12 March 2009
After completing our annual sports review, the Board of Directors decided that Badminton and Cricket were ready to graduate from Coaching Highland.

Badminton has been with us since 1995 and benefitted by receiving exactly 200 scholarships.

Cricket joined us in 1999 and enjoyed exactly 50 scholarships.

We wish both these sports well and we have systems in place to support them through this transition.

Two new sports have been invited to join us from 1st April 2009 but we await confirmation of their acceptance.

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