Craig Parnham on Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme

Great Britain and England hockey coach Craig Parnham has been selected to take part in UK Sport’s new Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme.

Craig ParnhamThe Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP) has been designed for coaches not currently leading a national programme in their sport but who have been identified as having the potential to lead an Olympic programme in the future.

Congratulating Craig on his acceptance onto the programme, Great Britain Performance Director David Faulkner said, “We are all delighted that Craig’s potential has been recognised by UK Sport after a robust and thorough selection process.  He is a highly regarded coach in the Great Britain and England set ups and now has an opportunity to develop that potential in the programme.”

An Assistant Coach to Danny Kerry for Great Britain and England, Parnham, 36, is also the Head Coach to the England Under 21 women’s team, whom he led to their best ever finish at a Junior World Cup in August 2009 when they finished fourth in Boston.

Craig Parnham & Karen Brown talk tactics in Great Britain's tour of Australia in February 2008Parnham will be supported in the programme by Great Britain Head Coach Kerry.  UK Sport’s Alan Olive will act as his mentor.

The ECAP is a two year programme during which time participants undertake personal development workshops specific to supporting them and their development requirements.  It builds on the success of the Elite Coach programme, which began in 2004, and which Parnham’s fellow Great Britain coaches Karen Brown, Danny Kerry, Jason Lee and Bobby Crutchley have all either completed or are in the process of completing this year.

Craig Parnham
• Appointed to Assistant Coach for the senior Great Britain women’s team in April 2007.
• As a player, he made his international debut for Great Britain on 27 January 2000 against New Zealand at the age of 27.
• He went on to win 64 caps for Great Britain and 51 for England, scoring seven times for GB and eight for England.
• He played in one World Cup (2002) and two Olympic Games (2000, 2004).
• He played his last international match for Great Britain at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
• Parnham will perhaps be mostly remembered for the near fatal injury he sustained whilst playing for England in the Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpur on 6 August 2001 when he was caught in the throat by an opposing player’s stick.  The horrific incident meant his larynx needed rebuilding, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to the England squad just four months later.  He resumed the captaincy in late January 2002 and returned to Kuala Lumpur in February of that year to lead England to seventh place at the World Cup. 
• Among Parnham’s previous international appointments are spells as Assistant Coach to the England U21 women, High Performance Coach for the West of Scotland Area Institute of Sport, England U21 men’s Head Coach and Head Coach to the England women’s indoor squad.

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