After much anticipation we can finally reveal the 2018 Coach Conference dates and location.
The conference will be held between Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th August 2018 at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham.
We have had many discussions and meetings over the last few months around the conference and have decided to introduce some changes which we believe will help the development of coaching within the UK but also takes on feedback we have received from past years.
One of the main reasons we have changed the location to Nottingham is so that we can hold the conference within one facility which will allow coaches to do on and off ice sessions as they choose rather than on specific days. This will allow more flexibility and enables coaches to attend all the sessions they wish to. A 15 minute change over time for each session will allow coaches to get to different sessions across the rink. It also means that coaches do not need to get on busses as the rink is in a central location close to many large hotels.
The dates have been changed to week days after having feedback that the majority of coaching is done at weekends. We appreciate this may not be the case for all coaches but we are always looking for ways to improve and welcome feedback.
It is important to note that after much consideration First Aid will no longer be part of the conference. As part of the review of the event we looked at the aims of it and felt that the objective of the conference is to develop and strengthen UK coaching. While First Aid is necessary for coaching, we want the conference to be a time of learning and development and having First Aid allows less time to focus on coach development. From 2018, as part of relicensing, coaches can now alternate between online and practical First Aid courses upon expiry of their current course which should help reduce the cost and travel time for coaches. If you’re First Aid was due at the conference in August 2018 please be aware you will still be able to relicense in February 2018 as the expiry is after the cut-off date of 1st July 2018.
If you would like to attend please register through the link below.
We will be posting news and updates about the conference over the next few months.