Four special speakers to join our Performance Pathway Symposium - British Gymnastics

Four special speakers to join our Performance Pathway Symposium

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Four experts from the world of sports coaching will be joining us for our Performance Pathway Symposium in 2021.

Joining our National Coaches for our first ever virtual Performance Pathway Symposium, taking place from Sunday 17th January to Friday 5th February, we have four special guest speakers who will be sharing their wealth of experience from across British sport. Both our National Coaches and guest speakers will be delivering in-depth talks on topics linked to coach development.

Dr. Sophia Jowett
Sophia is a Professor of Psychology at Loughborough University, specialising in interpersonal relationships, leadership and communication. Sophia’s research has been widely published and has informed coach development around the world, particularly in the area of coach-athlete relationships. Her research has made nation-wide practical impact through key sector stakeholders including UK Coaching, UK Sport, Sport England and other national governing bodies (NGB). Sophia has also worked with coaches and athletes in high performance and was an accredited Sport Psychologist for Greece at the 2004 Olympic Games.

At present, as well as her role at Loughborough University, Sophia is working as a consultant for UK Sport on an exciting project that focuses on women’s leadership development and their advancement into senior coach-related roles. Her session at our symposium will be focussed on Effective Coach-Athlete Relationships.

Gordon MacLelland
After 20 years as a teacher and coach to all age levels from U7-adults, Gordon set up Working with Parents in Sport, whose mission statement is ‘to support organisations, parents and coaches in working together to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences’. He is the author of three books including ‘Engage – A coaches guide to building positive relationships with parents. Gordon has also worked with England Rugby, the Youth Sports Trust, UK Coaching and over ten NGB’s. At this year’s symposium, Gordon will be talking through Working with Parents.

Dr. Bob Muir
Bob is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University. He leads the Football Association’s Post Graduate Diploma in Coach Development and acts as a consultant for several other professional and Olympic sports to facilitate coach learning and professional development programmes. As a senior men’s basketball coach for over 20 years, Bob has enjoyed several successful seasons with different clubs winning six national league titles, five national league play-off championships and seven national cup titles.

His session at our symposium will be titled: Developing ourselves to develop others – noticing opportunities to learn through and from our everyday experiences. 

Stephen Rollnick
Finally, we have Stephen Rollnick who is an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University. He is a co-founder of Motivational Interviewing, with a career in clinical psychology that has focussed on how to improve conversations about change.

He has worked in diverse fields, with special interests in mental health and long-term health conditions and he has travelled worldwide to train practitioners in many settings and cultures. He now works as a trainer and consultant in health care and sports. Stephen has also recently written a book titled: Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best, Motivational Interviewing in Sports.

His session at our symposium will cover Quality Conversations.

Through our Symposium, we hope to encapsulate the understanding of our sport, the young people we are working with and everything else that surrounds that. We will discuss the realities of coaching young people and the strategies that can be implemented to help young gymnasts achieve their goals.

All of the above sessions will be accessible across multiple disciplines. Alongside these sessions above, our National Coaches will be delivering sessions where we aim to engage, challenge and produce insight into some incredibly popular and useful topics in coaching. Attendees will have the opportunity to field any questions they have about the sessions or about coaching with our Coaches or speakers.

Tickets are £20 for British Gymnastics members. Anyone who is not a British Gymnastics member and/ or lives outside of the UK will also be able to purchase tickets for the event. For further information please contact

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