Hartpury hosted the UK Coaching Certificate Level four communities of practice conference in 2014. Level Four represents the highest cross-sport coaching qualification it is possible to achieve in the UK at present. The event organised by Dean Clark, which brought together national and regional coaches and associated coach educators representing twelve sports and nine Higher education institutions, was hosted by an academic institution for the first time. They were joined by Hartpury students from the MSc Coaching Science programme for discussions concerning ways to develop transferable skills amongst high performing practitioners. With this goal in mind speakers included an expedition leader, an army officer and a young offenders’ counsellor.
Students from the MSc Coaching Science programme have been collaborating with Thomas Legge and Luciana De Martin Silva on some research into significant moments in coaching. Sam Bullas and Thomas Legge have had an article on significant moments in elite ice hockey coaching accepted by the Third Biannual International Coaching Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University. Emma Mundy has worked with Luciana De Martin Silva and Thomas Legge, in collaboration with Polly Christian from the University of Worcester, to have work on significant moments and people in female coaching accepted to the same conference.
Hartpury students from the BSc (Hons) Sports Conditioning and Injury Management programme attended the 6th Annual Strength and Conditioning student conference held at Middlesex University. The students were accompanied by Ben Drury and Dr James McCarron and attended keynote presentations from Professor Barry Drust, Dave Hembrough, Dr Emma Ross and Paul Comfort on the physiology of intermittent exercise, coaching, measuring neuromuscular function and developing force and power.
Dylan Mandolesi (BSc (Hons) Equine Sport Science) and Andrew Dobson presented their work on the anthropometric assessment of collegiate and elite dressage riders at the BASES Annual Student Conference at Portsmouth University.
Staff and students from MSc Coaching Science participated in the Sport Research seminars held in November 2014 and February 2015. The two seminars this year included a presentation from Professor Vish Unnithan on his work in Paediatric exercise physiology, and a presentation from Dr James McCarron on his PhD research. In addition there was a discussion led by Professor Unnithan on his experiences of increasing research output and a round-table discussion on developing stronger staff-student research links, including student mentoring, with valuable contributions from Ellen Simmons and Matt Cannon.
Students from the FdSc Sports Coaching, BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching and the MSc Coaching Science programmes have been working with Luciana De Martin Silva on a project funded by the Football Association (FA) to establish coaches’ and players’ perceptions of girls’ participation in youth Futsal. This project received a grant of £3400 from the FA and the survey data collected by Yazmin Nicette, Andrew Taylor, Richard Todd, Luke McLean, Ellen Simmons and Emma Mundy culminated in a report to the FA.
In conjunction with Hartpury Alumni Ryszard Chadwick (BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching & MSc Coaching Science) and Play Rugby USA, we delivered a seminar series within New York and Red Deer College, Alberta, Canada. Taught content varied from the essence of leadership within coaching and nurturing goals.