Performance Coach Development Programme for Clubs

An exciting programme for clubs looking to develop not only their coaches but their whole Performance structure

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Credit: Rachel Hooper

What is the Performance Coach Development Programme for Clubs?

The Performance Coach Development Programme for Clubs complements the Performance Coach Development Programme (PCDP), which was launched in 2022, by supporting the development of Performance within a club as a whole.

The purpose of this programme is to maintain the theme of developing Performance Coaches but to look at the whole Performance structure within a club together with the systems and pathways that could evolve for a greater number of Performance athletes to develop and interact at the top end of the pathway at national U19, U23 and Development Trials.

Who is the Performance Coach Development Programme for Clubs for?

The programme is aimed at clubs that have a desire and a can-do attitude for change and a vision for what their Club Performance Programme would look like in three years’ time; that are inquisitive about addressing performance gaps to support and develop Performance athletes to perform at U19/U23 Trials; and have some aspirational Performance targets and understand how programme developments can be embedded sustainably in the club.

What can coaches expect on the programme?

The programme runs over one year, starting each October and concluding with a final review at the end of the 12 month period.

The programme consists of face-to-face days along with three field-based visits to the club. Access to further development opportunities and resources, in the form of connections with other High Performance networks and expert advice from the GB Rowing support team are included.


Key People

Meet the Key People

Robin Williams MBE
Robin Williams
Robin has over 30 years of wide ranging coaching experience including 11 years at Cambridge University, four years with the men’s lightweight squad and six years with the women’s heavyweight squad including lead coach for the Glover/Stanning W2- at the 2012 and 2016 Games.
Peter Sheppard
Head Coach – Olympic Pathways
Peter Sheppard
Under Peter’s guidance GB’s young rowers have performed consistently on the international stage and provide a significant contribution to the senior team, with a number of rowers aiming to compete at the Olympic Games having developed through the Junior and U23 pathway.
Doug MacDonald
Coach Developer – Olympic Pathway
Doug has worked widely across the UK High Performance system as a performance coach developer, supporting coaches from grassroots all the way through to current Olympic head coaches. Doug works within the Olympic Pathway team, leading on coach development support to British Rowing’s Olympic Pathway coaches.
Robin Williams MBE
Robin Williams
Robin has over 30 years of wide ranging coaching experience including 11 years at Cambridge University, four years with the men’s lightweight squad and six years with the women’s heavyweight squad including lead coach for the Glover/Stanning W2- at the 2012 and 2016 Games.
Peter Sheppard
Head Coach – Olympic Pathways
Peter Sheppard
Under Peter’s guidance GB’s young rowers have performed consistently on the international stage and provide a significant contribution to the senior team, with a number of rowers aiming to compete at the Olympic Games having developed through the Junior and U23 pathway.
Doug MacDonald
Coach Developer – Olympic Pathway
Doug has worked widely across the UK High Performance system as a performance coach developer, supporting coaches from grassroots all the way through to current Olympic head coaches. Doug works within the Olympic Pathway team, leading on coach development support to British Rowing’s Olympic Pathway coaches.


Application process and costs

Applications have now closed.

For more information regarding this programme please contact:

Learning, Education and Development education@britishrowing.org

Each successful Club will be asked to pay £1,200 to support the delivery by experts in performance rowing and coach development.


More information

2023 PCDP for Clubs flyer

2023 PCDP for Clubs Information booklet

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