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Following further evolvement of the Coach Development pathway across Great Britain, we are delighted to announce the launch of the Great Britain Advanced Coach Programme, which will replace the previous UKCC Level 3.

The Programme will provide a two-year challenge for a limited number of coaches offering structured development and learning that will stretch and develop them as coaches, within their chosen coaching sphere or spheres. The aim of the programme is to help coaches to improve their coaching practice with the ultimate aspiration of developing more, better and happier hockey players.

This is not about certificates, this is about improving coaching, growing more effective coaches, embedding a climate of continuous self-improvement and forging long term coaching connections within hockey through ongoing mentoring and support. The curriculum will be modular and will meet the needs of coaches that are working in many different environments, some of which will cross over. Therefore, the cross-curricular approach will address the demands of coaching within junior participation, talent pathway, talent development, club participation and performance domains.

The structure will be coach centred and should provide exactly what they need. The learning on offer will be segmented, layered and modular. Some workshops will be compulsory and others will be chosen from a broad list of topic areas and delivered at a Pick ‘n’ Mix conference. There will also be plenty of optional online extras to enrich the progress of the learner and learners will be free to document their own learning journey in their e-scrapbook.

A GB Hockey appointed mentor will help steer the learner and will be a key part of the whole process. A locally based role model will be used to bring some of the more theoretical modules to life through session observations. Throughout the whole Programme peer support and interaction will be an essential factor, whether virtually or in person, and can be used according to the needs and aims of each individual learner.

Coaches will graduate from the programme which will recognise their commitment to development and new coaching expertise, combined with an action plan for their onward journey. This in turn will build strong attachments and will service the needs of our sport in an optimal way. The programme will draw recognition for the quality of coaches it produces.