UK Coaching- Record number of applications for Women into High Performance programme

Monday 2nd October 2017

UK Coaching has seen a record number of applications for its Women into High Performance (WiHP) programme.

29 coaches across 11 sports were identified by their respective governing bodies of sport as being eligible to apply for the bespoke programme, which supports female coaches who have the potential to transition into high performance coaching.

From the applications 18 coaches across 10 sports were selected. They are:

Coach Sport Coaching Role & Pathway Environment
Helen Clitheroe


Athletics England Athletics Steeplechase Coordinator

England and GB Team Coach

Louise Capicutto Athletics Throws Coach at Herne Hill Harriers
Maxine Robbins Athletics Pole Vault Coach at Notts AC
Vlada Priestman Archery Archery GB Central Academy Coach

Lancaster University Archery Head Coach

Imogen Collins Canoeing Super Regional Talent Pathway Coach (Sprint)
Tracy Moseley Cycling Lead Coach Club and Academy
Lydia Bedford Football Head Coach International U15 Team
Sarah Lawler-Edwards Football Senior Talent Technical Coach – Regional Talent Clubs U10 – U16
Emma Coates


Football Head Coach Doncaster Rovers Belles WSL1 Team


Leigh Maasdorp


Hockey NAGs Development Coach, Performance Centre Head Coach, Head Coach National Premier League
Helen Taylor Rowing Head Junior Coach Molesey Boat Club
Anita North Shooting GB Talent Pathway Coach
Katy Poulsom Shooting GB Talent Pathway Coach
Nicki Wakeford Shooting GB Talent Pathway Coach
Mandy Bell


Swimming Head Coach City of Derby SC

Coaching Youth Age Group swimmers

Jacquie Marshall Swimming Head Coach Northampton SC
Kim Hill Swimming Head Coach Winchester SC
Louise Barron Triathlon Head Coach Uni. Of Birmingham Triathlon Club


The cohort will now come together for a total of four seminars – starting 8 October – to develop the skills, behaviours and knowledge they will require to thrive and flourish within the high performance environment.

At these seminars the coaches will specifically engage in facilitated peer coaching, including ‘buddying up’ with coaches from other sports and larger group work. These elements will enable them to share practice, reflect on experiences, develop a greater understanding of their issues and challenges, and identify strategies and tactics to overcome them. This will also enable them to deepen their network, consider other sports’ coaching practices, and further develop their awareness of other modus operandi.

Chris Chapman, Development Lead Officer for Talent and Performance at UK Coaching, said:

“On behalf of the Talent and Performance team I’m pleased to welcome our new cohort of coaches onto the Women into High Performance programme. The quality of nominations and governing body support for the coaches was the best yet, and I am looking forward to supporting the coaches in fulfilling their potential.

“This year GB Hockey’s Karen Brown joins Jo Hopkins and Harriet Beveridge as part of our facilitation team. Collectively they have significant experience in the high performance arena; whether that is business or sport. And Karen’s recent successes with the GB women’s hockey team will provide a unique perspective for the cohort. The next six months will be a great opportunity for the coaches as they continue their coaching journeys.

“As a consequence of attending the programme we hope these coaches will walk away instilled with a heightened sense of self-belief, improved communication skills and autonomy over their future development; ready to progress with their careers in high performance coaching.”

This will be the fourth year that UK Coaching’s Talent and Performance team have delivered the programme; working with governing bodies of sport to better support female coaches.