28th January 2021


Four female athletics coaches will join the inaugural cohort of UK Sport’s female coaching programme, including Christine Bloomfield-Harrison, Coral Nourrice, Shani Palmer, and Laura Turner-Alleyne.

The programme, launched today, will see 27 coaches from 15 sports coming together as part of a plan to more than double representation in the Olympic and Paralympic high-performance community by Paris 2024.

Last November, Para Athletics Head Coach, Paula Dunn, was announced as one of the mentors on the programme which will run for six months.

The 19 participating coaches will be offered key support and development opportunities, including times to observe an assigned coach leader in their environment. The programme will focus on three key areas, leadership, environment, and transition, all of which are fundamental to the coaching development journey.

One of the coaches set to take part in the Programme, Coral Nourrice, said:

“The programme will not only expose me to an unknown environment for learning but will also provide me with a unique opportunity to develop my present skill set and network. I will be able to step up and be part of an increasing cohort of female coaches, learning from their leadership styles, strategic knowledge and experiences.

“I am excited to be part of a programme that will support me to reach my full potential by working with my mentor, Mel Marshall. I am confident that shadowing Mel will enable me to go outside my comfort zone to seek solutions to achieve the next level in my career as a high- performance coach.”

Find more details about the Programme on the UK Sport website.