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Inverness Coach Blitzes UK Awards
13 December 2006
Robbie Paulin who coaches for the Inverness Blitz (American Football Club with almost 200 members) attended the 2006 UK Coach of the Year Awards in December and came away with the UK Young Coach of the Year Award against exceptionally strong and worthy competition.

At the awards ceremony held on Wednesday 13th December in the Dorchester Hotel in London, Robbie was presented with the trophy and in doing so entered the Sports Coach UK Coaching Hall of Fame. The glittering ceremony which was compered by BBC Sport’s Steve Rider, was attended by some of sport's most recognisable names including Lord Sebastian Coe, Sir Clive Woodward, Duncan Goodhew and Sir Trevor Brooking. Also in attendance were Sports Minister Richard Caborn and TV and radio personality Eamon Holmes, while former Olympian Roger Black gave an address on the value and importance of coaching.

New Sports Welcomed
01 May 2007
Coaching Highland are delighted to formally announce the introduction of Disability Sport and Rugby as our two latest core sports. This follows the graduation of Gymnastics (inc. Trampolining) and Orienteering who have benefitted from our support for 10 and 8 years respectively.

We have funded almost 200 gymnastics coaches and 60 orienteering coaches in that time and so these sports have better coaching support now.

Full details of the new Rugby and Disability Sports programmes are posted in the members area.

Charitable Status Awarded
17 April 2007
On 17th April 2007, Coaching Highland officially became a registered Scottish Charity (No: SC038094). This will allow the organisation to seek new and additional funding to further our aims to develop coaches and coaching in the Highlands of Scotland.

Have a look at our entry on the OSCR website (Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator) by clicking the link below.

New Child Protection Policy Template for Clubs
29 March 2007
A new template for sports clubs has been launched which provides templates on child protection and vulnerable adult protection policies. The document was created in January 2007 and can be downloaded from our CLub Support section or vie the link below.
Scotland's Sports Strategy Launched
08 March 2007
A revised nationwide Sports Strategy was launched today as final approval was given for work to begin on the £27 million Stirling Sports Village.

Sports Minister Patricia Ferguson said Reaching Higher: Building on the Success of Sport 21 took into account the need for greater participation and elite performance improvement, and recognised that strong leadership was required to deliver legacies from a London Olympics and a Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

"The strategy is primarily about the improvement and development of Scottish sport but it is also about improving health, developing self confidence and improving quality of life.

"It is, I believe, a new strategic approach which provides clear leadership and direction for sport in Scotland.

"Having state of the art facilities can help realise our sporting ambitions. That's why the Scottish Executive and its partners are investing tens of millions of pounds in new sport training and competition facilities across Scotland."

Julia Bracewell OBE, Chair of sportscotland said:

"We welcome the launch of the revised strategy which provides a strong framework from which to increase participation and improve performance in Scottish sport. We look forward to working with the Scottish Executive and key partners in delivering it."


New Title For 'Good Practice & Child Protection' Course
01 February 2007
This comprehensive workshop (now titled 'Safeguarding & Protecting Children') is the result of a review of the Good Practice and Child Protection workshop. The updated workshop and resource meets the basic foundation requirements for safeguarding and protecting children and young people in sport, for anyone whose role brings them into contact with children and young people.
On completion of this workshop, you should be able to; identify and recognise good coaching practice, and the implications for your coaching; explore your values and feelings in relation to child abuse, and recognise their potential impact on your response; recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of child abuse and poor practice; and take appropriate action, if concerns about a child arise.
Annual Report Released
26 January 2007
The first annual report of Coaching Highland covering the period 2005-06 was today released. To download a copy please vist the downloads page in the members area.
Website 1 Year Old
21 November 2006
The Coaching Highland website is one year old today - with 530 members, 85,000 pages viewed and 50,000 hits (individual sessions. Thank you to you all for helping to make it successful and helping shape its development through the online survey we conducted and the ideas you send us my e-mail. Please tell us if you would like to see more features built into the site.

The forum, events calendar and photo library which you wanted to keep when asked in the survey are still not being used and so we will reconsider removing these items in the new year.

We at Coaching Highland are delighted that so many of you have joined as members and we hope that you find the site useful. Please help us to promote the existence of this resource for sports coaches in the Highlands by telling your colleagues, coaches and friends about

We are about to have a short promotional video produced which you can use to show people the benefits of our site.

Lastly, we still have plenty of grants available for coaches wishing to sit coaching awards, attend conferences/seminars or other coach education related sessions - please go to the funding part of the members area if you wish to apply.
Coaching Conference 2007 - Survey
20 November 2006
We are about to start work on the planning for the Highland Coaching Conference 2007 (likely to run in March). To this end we want to know what topics you want and how we should organise the event. A short survey has been created to gather your opinions and you can access this by using the link below.

Please tell other coaches about this survey who you think might be interested in the Conference as the more coaches complete it, the better idea we will have about what coaches in the area want to see!

Survey closes after 3rd December 2006.

Website Revamped
30 August 2006
Following the recent members survey regarding the website, we reviewed the comments and have today launched the revamped site!

As well as the colour changes, we have added a page about Coach Mentoring; members can log-in on the home page; a photo library for you to use has been built in; and site updates are automatically displayed on the home page.

We would love to hear your comments if you have any and as always, any ideas for developing it would be greatly appreciated.

As ever, our thanks to the Highland Council and sportscotland as our main funders - our thanks also go to the 19 other funders - without your support, our coaching development work in the Highlands would not be possible!

My last thanks are for Garve and Colin at Plexus Media who have worked with us to redesign the site. You may be interested to note that they are now kindly offering you free websites which we at Coaching Highland endorse. Please look in the Club Support pages of our site to get your free, easy to use website!!

We hope that the improvements we made reflect your comments and that the new site is what you are looking for.

Website A Big Hit
29 August 2006
Since being launched on 21st November 2005 the site has proved to be very popular. 9 months old and we have recorded 375 members; 65,000 pages have been viewed; and there have been 39,000 hits (individual sessions) on the site. We are seeking views on the website and set up an online survey to see what you think of the site which closed on 16th July.
Highland Youth Games Declined
02 August 2006
To celebrate the Highland Year of Culture in 2007, Coaching Highland applied for funding from Highland 2007 to organise the Highland Youth Games where over 600 S1 and S2 pupils from all over the Highlands were to participate in various sports on 14th September 2006. If funding was approved, the event would have run at Inverness Leisure, Torvean Golf Course and the Bught Pitches in Inverness.

The teams were to be mixed sex and the total numbers and sports are shown below:

Athletics - 6 Boys & 6 Girls
Badminton - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Basketball - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Football - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Golf - 2 Boys & 2 Girls
Hockey - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Rugby - 5 Boys & 5 Girls
Swimming - 6 Boys & 6 Girls

Totals - 39 Boys & 39 Girls

78 x 8 areas = 624 participants.

Unfortunately we were turned down by the HIghland 2007 Cross Community Fund so the event has been cancelled.

3,000 Coaching Kits On Offer
30 June 2006
Barclays is committing £30 million to its Spaces for Sport programme over an initial three-year period. The Football Foundation will further provide £2.1 million of matched funding for flagship sites every year, while Groundwork will contribute £250,000 per year to the local sites programme. The programme will create a small number of major capital developments. Of more interest to many clubs will be the 3,000 coaching pack each worth around £750. These are available to clubs and groups in areas of social and economic deprivation focused on those with physical and learning disabilities, young people, women and girls, and black and ethnic minority groups.

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