Talent breakfast attracts top coaches

08 March 2012 10:08


stuart armstrongSports Coach UK's talent lead Stuart Armstrong hosted the breakfast

Leading coaches from across the South East gathered for the first talent coaches breakfast at K2 Crawley on 24 February.

Newly appointed Talent Lead at Sports Coach UK, Stuart Armstrong, introduced the session by raising a question mark over the tag 'talent'.

"Do we know what we mean when we say, 'talent' or identify a young person as 'talented'?" he asked.

From this starting point, the discussion that followed explored the age-old nature versus nurture debate in an even handed way, without polarising opinion.

Armstrong, a former full-time peformance coach for golf and hockey, drew out a number of hot topics for performance coaches, including a prescient debate on whether individuals should be selected on the basis of current form, or on potential.   

"The breakfast was an overwhelming success," said Active Sussex's Anthony Statham, who organised the event in partnership with sports coach UK. "We had a full house of high-level professionals, who all contributed to a fascinating discussion around contemporary coaching practice."

For those who missed this event, a repeat talent coaches breakfast will take place in Hampshire in the near future. For more details contact Anthony Statham on 01273 644149 or astatham@activesussex.org

To be kept up to date with all sports coaching developments in Sussex, including jobs, volunteering, funding and training opportunities, register with Coach Sussex

View all photos from the event on the Active Sussex Facebook page

talent breakfast groupGolf coach Neil Plimmer, Hampshire's coaching development manager CJ Lee and Nick Levett, the FA's National Development Manager for Youth Football


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