Nicola Wilson Named to UK Sport’s New Coaching in High Performance Sport Development Program

Another super day of Young Eventer Pathway training last week, this time focusing on the cross-country phase with European Champion Nicola Wilson Equestrian 🙌

Posted by Wesko Equestrian Foundation on Tuesday, April 25, 2023

UK Sport has recently confirmed the first cohort of a new coach development programme, Coaching in High-Performance Sport (CiHPS), supporting 27 coaches across 21 sports and British Equestrian is delighted to announce Nicola Wilson is among the talented and inspirational coaches named.

The CiHPS programme features already world title holding coaches, with British Curling coach Michael Goodfellow supporting Team Mouat’s Gold medal at the Curling World Championships. Likewise, Joshua Richardson supported Jessica Gadirova to win three gold medals at the European Gymnastics Championships in Turkey earlier this month.

Hannah Brown from para-canoeing, Nicola Benavente from Para Rowing and Michelle Forrest (Greenall) from climbing were part of UK Sport’s female coaches leadership programme. Including Michelle Flemings who has had great success of recently, supporting Georgia-Mea Fenton, who was part of the British Artistic gymnastics gold medal-winning team at the European Gymnastics Championships.

The design and structure of CiHPS builds on the learning and feedback gathered from coaches and the sports who participated in the High-Performance Coach Apprenticeship Programme (HiCAP).

Nicola said: “I am delighted to be part of the Coaching in High-Performance Sport programme and am really looking forward to challenging myself to learn more about my coaching craft through the workshops, interaction with other elite coaches from across multiple Olympic and Paralympic sports, and working with our assigned coach developers. I am certainly being taken out of my comfort zone and am so grateful to British Equestrian for putting me forward to be given this opportunity as I transition from Podium athlete to coach. I look forward to implementing into my coaching what I learn and see. It will be invaluable to be part of a coaching network across sporting disciplines.”

Beginning in April, the programme will have a particular focus on supporting coaches’ learning & development, whilst being mindful of a very busy and demanding qualification phase on the journey towards Paris. The 12 month programme will include a combination of online and in-person sessions over the course of the year.

Many of the coaches on the programme have recently progressed to coaching within Podium environments. A central strand of CiHPS is 1 to 1 support from a Coach Developer, many of whom have recently completed (or are currently participating) in the sister Supporting Coaching in High-Performance Sport programme. Other learning design elements include workshops, cross-sport environment visits and a regular community of practice to provide a supportive social network.

Aligned with the Coaching in High-Performance Sport professional standard (CIMSPA), the CiHPS programme sits alongside UK Sport’s wider suite of coaching development programmes, which in total support more than 140 coaches, Coach Developers and other staff working across the high-performance sport community.

The first workshop was held at the Etihad Stadium at the beginning of May and very deliberately explored the theme of coach well-being, care and support – a strand that will run throughout the programme.

Andy Bradshaw, programme lead and Coach Developer to two coaches on CiHPS said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be working with our first Coaching in High-Performance Sport cohort and to be supporting 27 brilliant coaches to progress further, develop new knowledge and skills and generate a supportive community for each other.

“At UK Sport we are committed to working with National Governing Bodies and coaches to develop an expert high-performance coaching community to power success now and into the future so that we continue to win and win well, grow a thriving sporting system and inspire positive change.”

The full list of coaches:

  • Julia Quinn, Badminton
  • Lauren Kianchehr, Boccia
  • Phil Sellers, Boxing
  • Luke Smyth, Canoeing
  • Hannah Brown, Para Canoeing
  • Michelle Forrest (Greenall), Climbing
  • Liam Briddon, Climbing
  • Greg Drummond, Curling
  • Michael Goodfellow, Curling
  • Kaarle McCulloch, Cycling
  • David Daniell, Para Cycling
  • Andrew Pink, Para Cycling
  • Nicola Wilson, Equestrian
  • Richard Kruse, Fencing
  • Glen Golding, Wheelchair Fencing
  • Joshua Richardson, Gymnastics
  • Michelle Flemings, Gymnastics
  • Jody Paul, Hockey
  • Russell North, Mod Pentathlon
  • Michal Janka, Mod Pentathlon
  • Ben Richens, Para Powerlifting
  • Nicola Benavente, Para Rowing
  • Benji Fulker, Skeleton
  • Paul Bell, Squash
  • Mathew Trodden, Swimming
  • Kevin Brooks, Swimming
  • Gary Short, Trampolining

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