New coaching positions announced

Posted on 19/12/2019 in Men's Artistic

New coaching positions announced
Scottish Gymnastics has appointed five part-time roles within men and women’s artistic gymnastics.
Douglas Ross and Stephen Tonge will be working in men’s artistic pathway and Becki Campbell, Jamie Czop and Lauren Graham in women’s artistic.  
We are also pleased to announce that Ross Falsetta from South Essex Gymnastics Club is joining the women’s programme as national technical lead coach overseeing the performance pathway programme (PPP). Ross will work closely with national technical advisor Claire Barbieri aligning their delivery and progressions for the coaches and gymnasts on the programme. In addition, he will be delivering PPP camps throughout 2020 and provide technical direction and support for developing a ‘brilliant basics’ model while mentoring Becki, Jamie and Lauren.
Ross said: “I am very pleased to be part of the new women’s artistic pathway programme. I have been fortunate to have a long history with Scottish Gymnastics and I am excited to have the opportunity to give back to a programme that helped shape me in my early years as a young coach.”
The men’s artistic roles build on the success of the regional pathway coach programme with Douglas and Stephen delivering training to develop and expand the Scottish talent pool, support clubs and mentor coaches looking to develop the discipline.
The women’s artistic roles have been shaped and developed from work with the technical panel and regional consultation sessions with clubs and coaches. Jamie has been appointed to the north-east area and will provide both club and coach mentoring along with regular pathway training sessions designed for performance foundations (six to nine-year-olds) and performance development (nine to 12-year-olds). 
Lauren takes up the role of pathway development coach in the west, where she will focus on the delivery of pathway training sessions at performance foundations and performance development levels. 
Becki will be supporting the development of aspiring coaches and clubs in the Scottish pathway, offering mentoring to identified clubs and coaches in women’s artistic pathway to assisting their long-term development and engagement in the elite competition pathway. She will also deliver regional sessions in the east focusing on six to nine-year-old gymnasts. 
Sessions will provide accessible opportunities to gymnasts, coaches and clubs across both disciplines to improve the skill execution of gymnasts and increase the talent pool. The team will deliver consistent content aligned to aims and targets agreed by the performance department and national technical advisors in the performance programmes.
The programme will include delivering ‘brilliant basics’ coaching sessions which focus on fundamental skills while developing robust gymnasts who are physically, psychologically and technically capable of achieving long term success. In addition, sessions will be delivered to develop gymnasts and coaches working on club development grades and towards voluntary pathway with aspirations to engage in the national elite grades pathway.
Sam Hendrikson, head of performance and education, said: “After an extensive consultation and scoping process, it’s really exciting to complete the pathway offering across both men’s and women’s artistic disciplines. We are providing a support system for coaches and athletes to develop the skills they need to progress within the performance pathway within a Scottish and British context. 
“From the recruitment process, it was clear that the coaches bring energy, passion and experience to make a positive impact across our clubs, coaches and gymnasts.”
The team of coaches come with a wealth of experience, some having previously held regional pathway coach roles, with Jamie and Stephen recently graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a BSc in developing athletes through professional practice.
In 2020, we will be recruiting a pathway development coach to deliver in the east to performance development (nine to 12 year-olds).
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