Roses Academy Head Coach Sheonah Forbes has been named as one of 26 coaches selected for UK Sport’s brand-new High-Performance Coach Apprenticeship (HiCAP).
Set to run for 18 months, HiCAP is targeted at coaches with high potential or those transitioning into high-performance environments.
The 26 coaches will come together to develop professional knowledge, skills and gain experiences.
The programme is designed to evolve with the coaches, firmly placing their individual needs and wants at the heart of the experience and adapting to support their growth as expert coaches for current and future roles in high-performance environments.
Forbes said: “HiCAP is a fantastic opportunity to continue to develop as a coach amongst other inspiring coaches from a variety of sports.
“I am excited to have been selected onto the programme, which will enable us to develop as people, and be curious through conversation with others in similar environments.
“I cannot wait to get started and tackle the journey ahead.”
The majority of the programme will be spent learning in their environment, on-the-job, as well as from each other through a series of seminars and field-based work.
Each coach will also have access to a coach developer, helping them to sense-make and develop their coaching practice in context.
Diccon Edwards, Head of Coach Development at UK Sport, said: “It is exciting to be identifying our first cohort of coaches to benefit from our new High-Performance Coach Apprenticeship.
“Our aspiration is to ensure coaching is the UK’s recognised competitive advantage and the establishment of the Sports Coach apprenticeship will accelerate our ability to achieve this.
“It also reinforces our commitment to supporting the development of coaching as a profession across the industry, not only in high-performance sport.
“In line with the Sports Coach apprenticeship, thanks to the support of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), we have been able to launch the High-Performance Coach Apprenticeship, which will give all 26 coaches involved an unique opportunity as part of their development journey.
“Our coach development strategy is designed to develop expert coaches with the craft to work with athletes throughout the talent pathway.
“We have a unique platform from which to offer world-leading on the job learning and development for coaches.”