4th April 2019


Some of the biggest names in British coaching have this week graduated from the UK Sport Elite Programme.

British Athletics were represented by Para Athletics Head Coach, Paula Dunn MBE, and Head of Endurance, Barry Fudge, and they were part of a high-profile group that undertook a rigorous three-year development programme from 2016-2019.

The Elite Programme, which aims to take high performance coaching in the UK to a world leading level, saw nine coaches across a variety of Olympic, Paralympic and non-Olympic sports provided with specialist expertise, technology and experiences to support their development.

The residentials have seen the coaches placed in challenging environments, including a gathering in Salisbury in January 2019 where they were put through their paces at an army base by charitable organisation Serve On – who provide relief efforts to international communities during times of crisis.

Paula Dunn said: “Being on the UK Sport Elite Programme has been a fantastic journey and it has been great to learn so much across the three years.

“I have worked with an engaging group of coaches and it has been hugely beneficial to network with each other as well as with world class experts from outside sport.

“I have taken many learnings from the experience and have utilised these in my role as Para Athletics Head Coach.”

Barry Fudge added: “I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Elite Programme and learned new skills through a challenging programme.

“It has been great to tap into knowledge from counterparts in Olympic and Paralympic sports, as well as those in non-Olympic sports, so it has been a privilege to take part.

“All of us on the course have benefited massively from the programme, so thank you to UK Sport for giving us the opportunity to complete this prestigious course.”

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