Last chance to book onto coaching conference

26th May 2016

Last chance to book onto coaching conference

There is just one week to go to book onto the annual coaching conference.

The programme of the day has been put together following feedback from last year’s event and from other events throughout the year.

Following demand from our coaches at the 2015 Coaching Conference for more tips on how to run a great session, we’re hosting our very own ‘Live Lab’ at the conference this year.

We’re welcoming two of our leading coaches to share their expertise on how they set goals and know when they’ve achieved them. Carol Gordon, former England cadet coach and Rachel Laybourne, the current England junior women's coach and London 2012 Olympian, are joining forces with a team that have newly been promoted to the NVL – Kettering Volleyball Club.

Rachel said: “We will be taking the roles of head coach and assistant coach and will be narrating the session as we go. We’ll be giving the coaches a tick sheet and asking them to observe what we’re doing and how they can implement this into their own sessions. We’ll be trying to bring to life some of the real challenges that we all face as coaches. For example:

  • how do you get your players switched on and ready to go?
  • how do you know that you’ve improved them?
  • how do you manage the momentum and intensity of a session?

During this session, Carol and Rachel will by mic’d up and sharing their coaching thought process as the session goes along.
With a focus on showcasing practical ways to make the most out of the limited time you have with your players, this development day is not to be missed. The event will also feature a Q&A session with Carol and Rachel at the end of the session, so start thinking about your questions.

Keith Trenham will be holding a technical masterclass, focusing on setting. Running through the best drills and practices, the session will demonstrate how to develop the skills and physical attributes of a setter.

England Men’s statistician Steve Matthews and Gillian Harrison, Coaching Commission president will also be running through a session on statistics and how best to use them to benefit your teams.

These highly valuable sessions are sure to make an impact on beginner to experienced level coaches. So make sure that you buy your ticket here for the 2016 Coaching Conference by Wednesday 3rd June to secure your place. Places cost £15 and include lunch and refreshments.

For the full programme of the day visit

Here’s what some of last year’s attendees said about it:

“My hope for the day was that I wanted to confirm that what I am doing is still current and also see what is new and know what is happening at the higher/highest levels. All three things were covered and more, so thank you for a really great day.”  Nick Shaffrey, Tettenhall Tigers.

“The car was buzzing on the way home with so many ideas. We’ve already decided to bring our pre-season forward by one month so we can do some extra strength and conditioning work.” Andrew Potter, Plymouth Mayflower VC

 “It was the best coaching conference that I have been to and I could have listened to the presenters all day.” Penny Speers, Leeds Volleyball Club




Last chance to book onto coaching conference