03/11/2015- Latest News

British Fencing’s assistant foil Talent coach to attend Sport England development workshop

Ludovic Sotto, Escrime Academy, Fighting Fit Fencing Club and British Fencing Assistant Talent Coach, recently received the good news that his application for the Sport England Aspire programme was successful.

Aspire combines a face-to-face workshop programme with mentor support to provide an individual learning schedule for each participant. It was developed to broaden the understanding and influence the practice of coaches with potential to progress to a World Class level.

Tony Byrne, Chief Executive Officer of sports coach UK, said; “Developing coaches is important at all levels of sport, it is particularly important with those working in the talent pathway as it enables them to go on to nurture and develop young athletes with the potential of reaching the highest level and encourage them to stay in their sport.

“Good luck to the newly announced cohort of coaches, I wish them every success on their Aspire journey.”

Sotto will begin his journey on the programme in December and attend the workshop based programme with mentor support until the summer of 2017.

Graham Taylor, the Head of Coaching at UK Sport, said; “The success of UK athletes and teams would not be possible without the coaches who dedicate their time to developing performers.

“The Aspire programme is a core initiative for building a world-class workforce to support talented athletes and I look forward to seeing the results of the latest cohort of coaches.”

Speaking about joining the programme, Sotto said; “Being accepted onto the Aspire programme is a great surprise and privilege.  I thank British Fencing for the opportunity and their support. I’m looking forward to learning from the best coaches in this country and giving back to the new generation of British fencers.  I could not have achieved this without the support I get from my fencing clubs, Escrime Academy and Fighting Fit.”

British Fencing’s Coaching Development Manager, Steve Kemp, added; “Ludo very much deserves his nomination to the Aspire programme and we will be working closely with him to provide all of the support that we can.”

Further information on Aspire can be found on the sports coach UK website www.sportscoachuk.org.

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