Friday, 04 September 2015

University of Cumbria students benefit from top coach’s expertise

A TOP rugby coach gave a special presentation to university students in a bid to show them how they could use their academic skills to boost performance.

SKILLS SET From left, lecturer Theo Bampouras, world-renowned rugby coach Stuart Lancaster, lecturer Louise Rowe and lecturer Colum Cronin at the University of Cumbria. Mr Lancaster spoke to students about how to use their skills to boost their performances Submitted

World-renowned rugby coach Stuart Lancaster was the guest of honour at Active Cumbria’s inaugural Coaches Conference which featured specialist presentations from University of Cumbria lecturers.

The conference was developed by Active Cumbria, The Sport and Physical Activity Partnership.

Mr Lancaster, England Rugby Union National Head Coach and current Cumbria Coach of the Year, opened the conference in Penrith and gave a key note speech on “Developing Talent – The Cumbrian Way”.

University of Cumbria lecturers Colum Cronin, Theo Bampouras and Louise Rowe, who teach BA Coaching and Sport Development and BSc Sport and Exercise Science, presented at the event themed “developing talent and performance”.

Mr Bampouras, who has numerous academic publications and is the former Scottish water polo coach, presented on “strength and conditioning”.

Basketball coach Mr Cronin and Miss Lowe, who has provided sport psychology to several athletes, gave a joint presentation on “mental toughness”, with a focus on pre-competition routines.

Mr Cronin, who has recently coached the North West under-13 basketball team, said: “It is great that coaches and students of the BA Coaching and Sport Development can benefit from the knowledge of a world renowned coach such as Stuart Lancaster and also the expertise of the university’s sport staff.

“Through conferences such as this and the work of the university students and graduates, coaching education in Cumbria is going from strength to strength.

“Ultimately this will help participants in local schools and clubs throughout Cumbria who will enjoy sessions informed by expert knowledge.”

Active Cumbria, the sport and physical activity partnership, is one of 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) in England.

Its foundations were laid in 1999 when local authorities in Cumbria united to collaborate and secure funding to deliver Sport England’s Active Sport Programme.


Hot jobs

New vacancies


BBC News business headlines