Durham Institute of Sport Performance Coach Support Scheme

Durham Institute of Sport Performance Coach Support Scheme

Applications open Tuesday 14th March and close Tuesday 4th April 2017

Are you over 18, live or coach in County Durham, hold a level 2 Coaching Qualification and are coaching athletes at District Level or above – or aspire to? – If so please read on…..

The Durham Institute of Sport Coach Support Scheme aims to create a network of likeminded coaches working either in a First Selective Environment (i.e. those involved in District level) and above, or working with athletes on NGB performance pathways.

We are offering a programme based on feedback gathered from those coaches on our previous two schemes, which indicated that the use of the 70:20:10 Framework would be really beneficial; and offer a range of opportunities to Performance Coaches to help them develop skills and feel supported on their continual learning journey

The Programme will be piloted from the end of April to the end of July 2017, and we are looking for 10 coaches to take part in the first instance.  Places on the programme will cost £25pp (non- refundable), which is excellent value for money

The 70:20:10 Framework is a learning and development reference model which captures the three types of learning – experiential, social and formal (the numbers being only a contextual indication of each component of learning)

  •         The 70 – Experiential/Experience – learning and developing through day-to-day tasks, challenges and practice, reflecting on both informal and formal learning, and incorporating it into your practice
  •        The 20 – Social/Exposure – learning and developing with and through others from coaching, via online and face to face networking as well as mentoring and buddying
  •          The 10 – Formal/Education – learning and developing through workshops, courses and programmes


The Durham Institute of Sport Performance Coach Support Scheme offer will include the following opportunities:

  •          Be matched with and have access to a mentor (a Sport or Strength and Conditioning Performance Coach from Durham University)
  •          Be part of a community of likeminded coaches through both face to face and online networking to learn from and share experiences with
  •         Have access to online resources
  •         Buddy up with another coach(es) from the network
  •         Attend a series of networking events which will include a suite of workshops (which will look to enhance your current coaching skills to help make your athletes more resilient – both physically and emotionally/mentally) – listed below:
Introduction + Injury Prevention Tuesday 18.30pm – 21.00pm 25th April All workshops will be held at:


Durham University

The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Stockton Road,



Durham University
Planning and Periodisation Wednesday 19.30pm – 21.00pm 3rd May Durham University
Flexibility and Mobility Wednesday 19.30pm – 21.00pm 10th May Durham University
What is Talent? – Tuesday 18.00pm – 21.00pm 23rd May ScUK
A Head for Talent Tuesday 18.00pm – 21.00pm 6th June ScUK
Talent across the ages Thursday 18.00pm – 21.00pm 22nd June ScUK
Getting Better, Better Tuesday 18.00pm – 21.00pm 4th July ScUK
Evaluation/Celebration Event Tuesday 18.30pm – 20.30pm 18th July County Durham Sport


n.b.        The four ScUK workshops form the Talent Foundation Series, and is for high-performing coaches with an interest in talent development, working, or having a desire to work, with emerging athletes within the England Talent Pathway. You will explore the definition, understanding and research associated with talent in sport, discussing the implications for you and your athletes/players with coaches from other sports.  Because the nature of talent development is so varied, your workshop experience will be very much focused on what you and the rest of the group want to get out of that particular workshop, meaning you get a highly releva nt, personalised experience.  For more information on each of these workshops go to:






Eligibility criteria

The coach support scheme aims to provide opportunities for male and female coaches, including those with disabilities, who satisfy the following criteria:

  •        You’re over 18 years of age
  •        You hold a minimum of one Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) qualification
  •        You currently coach athletes performing in a First Selective Environment (i.e. those involved in District level) and above, or working with athletes on NGB performance pathways i.e. part of their County, Regional or National squads
  •        Coach or live within the County Durham boundaries
  •       You are able to fulfil the requirements of the Programme


You must also be willing and able to:

Enter into a Programme agreement which will ask that you:

  •         Attend at least 5 networking / workshop sessions
  •         Enter into a Mentorship agreement (if applicable)
  •         Keep a log of learning, development and reflection, demonstrating how your involvement in the Scheme has impacted positively on those talented athletes you work with
  •        Demonstrate a willingness to improve your coaching skills and knowledge
  •        Be willing to contribute to the DIS Coach Support Scheme evaluation
  •         Pay £25


How to apply

To apply for the DIS Coach Support Scheme, please request an application form from karen.williams@countydurhamsport.co



Closing date for completed applications is Tuesday 4th April


Durham Institute of Sport is delivered in partnership by Durham County Council, County Durham Sport, Durham University and Leisureworks.  The Durham Institute of Sport Performance Coach Support Scheme is led by County Durham Sport.  For further details go to www.durham.gov.uk/dis /or   www.countydurhamsport.com/coaching


Kind regards

Karen Williams

Coaching Development Manager

County Durham Sport