UK Sport Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP)
Press Release from UK Sport: 10/08/11
UK Sport is currently recruiting for the next wave of high performance coaches who will form the third intake of its Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP), which will begin in October this year.
ECAP aims to work closely with the participating sports to accelerate the development of emerging coaches already working within the High Performance System. During the two year programme, each coach will build on their current knowledge and experience to create a bespoke development pathway towards coaching excellence, based on the needs of the coach and their sport.
Following a typical apprenticeship model, the coaches will benefit from 'on the job' training by working alongside a 'Master Coach' from within their sport while also having access to a Mentor. This will be complimented by a workshop programme, delivered by experts in coaching, non-technical coaching skills, sport science and sports medicine.
UK Sport's Coaching Team Coordinator, Sarah Craven, said: "After the first two years of running ECAP, we are delighted to be able to extend this exciting programme to a third group of up and coming high performance coaches.
"The success of ECAP to date has been the fact that it is very much a partnership venture, with the sports effectively owning and driving the programme and UK Sport then delivering and facilitating additional opportunities for Apprentice coaches to gain and share knowledge and experiences via the workshop programme.
"The aim is to create an individualised development programme for each participant which truly reflects personal and sport-specific requirements, starting with where the coach is now and where the sport requires them to be to consistently deliver excellence.
"I'm looking forward to reviewing this year's nominations and welcoming our new recruits on to the programme, as every new intake brings with it their own expertise and unique challenges to share."
Due to the importance of the role of the Mentor in the progress of these coaches, UK Sport recently launched a Mentor Development Programme to provide a more formalised and structured approach to refining their mentoring skills. UK Sport is also in the process of creating a Mentor Group, which would offer the opportunity for an Apprentice coach to be matched to a Mentor from outside of the sport, depending on their specific requirements.