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McNulty and Price named on UK Sport coaching programme

5th March 2013

Two of British Swimming’s top coaches have been chosen to be amongst the inaugural intake of UK Sport’s World Class Coaching: Elite Programme.

Alongside eight other world class coaches, David McNulty, Head Coach at the British Gas ITC in Bath and Biz Price, National Performance Director for Synchronised Swimming have been chosen due to their proven ability to deliver success at the highest level within the British high performance system.

It is a huge honour and a massive opportunity for me.

They will benefit from a ground-breaking three-year development programme allowing access to world leading expertise, technology and experiences in a bespoke course to meet the needs of their sports.

UK Sport has identified high performance coach development as a crucial area of focus if British sport is to better the incredible performance by Britain’s athletes at London 2012 in Rio in four years’ time, as well as creating a stronger, more sustainable high performance system, and the coaches selected have been identified as future leaders of coaching in their sport, capable of sharing their knowledge and expertise.

McNulty, who coached Michael Jamieson to Olympic silver said: “It is a huge honour and a massive opportunity for me to be selected onto this first ground breaking UK Sport World Class Coaching 'Elite Programme'. It is a three year programme leading to Rio 2016 and beyond, it will be great to share knowledge and expertise of coaching with the best in the world.”

The British Synchronised Swimming team has gone from strength to strength in recent years moving up the world rankings from 14th to eighth with Price at the helm.

It is incredibly exciting and an important part of my journey and personal development.

She said: “This is a great opportunity to share knowledge with other elite coaches in other disciplines in a formal and informal manner. It is incredibly exciting and an important part of my journey and personal development.

“Being able to identify areas of development needed with experts in many fields to broaden my experience base will be invaluable to the athletes and coaches I work with. 

“Coaching is also about finding better ways to communicate with the athletes you work with. This is an excellent chance to learn, practice more methods and I feel excited to have elite coaches coaching me.”

Liz Nicholl, Chief Executive of UK Sport, said: “I’d like to congratulate the coaches selected to our World Class Coaching: Elite Programme. UK Sport has set some highly ambitious goals for the next cycle, not the least the challenge of delivering a stronger, more sustainable high performance system. The system will only ever be as successful as the people within it, and these coaches have been selected for the important role they will play.

“These coaches are fantastic ambassadors, not only for their sports but for the coaching profession, and I commend them for embracing this opportunity to learn from other sports and industries, to be open and willing to share their own expertise and of course their commitment to continuous improvement for themselves, their sport and their athletes.  We look forward to working with them on this exciting journey for British sport.”

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