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North West Coaching Forum

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Local sports coaches and volunteers will have the opportunity to hear from some leading coaching experts, including Olympic gold medal winning coach Stephen Maguire, when Sport Northern Ireland hosts its North West Coaching Forum in Strabane later this year.

The event, which will take place in the Alley Theatre, Strabane on 3rd October, will welcome gold medal-winning athletics coach Stephen Maguire and skill acquisition specialist Dr Ed Coughlan as guest speakers.

Stephen Maguire returns to his home town of Strabane after a period of immense success in his sport of athletics. He is the current Head Coach for Sprints, Hurdles and Relays at British Athletics, and coached the Team GB men's 4x100m relay team to World Championship gold in 2017. His success saw him named Coach of the Year at the BBC Sports Personality awards in December. Stephen is no stranger to success, having previously coached Eglinton Paralympic sprinter Jason Smyth to multiple gold medals at the Beijing and London Paralympic Games.

Dr Ed Coughlan is a skill acquisition specialist interested in making the practice environment more effective. His primary focus while working with coaches is to empower them to become more comfortable to step back in order to allow their athletes to explore and problem solve effective solutions. While working with athletes, Ed works to create a highly effective practice space that encourages the athlete to replicate the demands of performance during training. Along with his research associates, Ed is fascinated by the emerging interest in dynamical systems and how it can accelerate the learning process.

Sport NI’s North West Coaching Forum supports the education and profile of coaches in the North West region and hosts several events throughout the year, offering practical and knowledgeable learning for participants and opportunities to network with other coaches. It was set up and supported by the North West Network which is made up of local authorities, sports partnerships and national governing body representatives from the North West region, and co-ordinated by Sport NI.

The event will take place on Wednesday 3rd October at the Alley Theatre, Strabane; lasting from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Admission is free however limited spaces are still available.

For further information email michaelcooke@sportni.net or call 07792600112

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