GB Boxing coach, Dave Alloway, was joined by the coach of the England football team, Gareth Southgate, recently when they both graduated from UK Sport’s Elite Programme for coaches.
The pair were part of a cohort of nine elite coaches to graduate from the programme which is designed to help take high-level performance coaching in the UK to a world class level and uses specialised technology, experiences and expertise to enable participants to gain an insight how they can develop their own sports and learn from other successful world class coaches.
The other coaches in the group that graduated included: Simon Amor (Rugby Football Union), Steve Borthwick (Rugby Football Union), Paula Dunn (British Athletics), Barry Fudge (British Athletics), Mel Marshall (British Swimming), Mark Ratcliffe (British Canoeing) and Peter Sheppard (GB Rowing).
As part of the two-year course, Dave participated in nine residential days where the coaches would come together and take part in a range of different experiences that placed them in high pressure, challenging environments. These included an experience with the Metropolitan Police at SO19 which simulated a hostage taking experience.
Dave Alloway said: “Being on the UK Sport Elite Programme has been a fantastic learning experience. I have really enjoyed working with the other coaches and think we have all learnt a lot from each other and will benefit in our coaching as a result.
“I am looking forward to sharing all of the knowledge that I have learnt over the past few years with the other coaches and colleagues at GB Boxing.”
This group is the third cohort of coaches that have completed UK Sport’s Elite Programme. The inaugural group included GB Boxing Performance Director Rob McCracken who graduated in 2016.
UK Sport Chair Dame Katherine Grainger said: “Congratulations to this inspirational group of coaches who have supported and challenged each other across this incredible learning opportunity.
“Coaches are the crucial backbone of our high-performance system and this group will continue to provide world class support and direction for their athletes, whilst using the knowledge they have shared and gained on the programme to keep making British coach truly world leading.”