HRH The Princess Royal was among those in attendance at the 2017 UK Coaching Summit, which is taking place at the Slieve Donard Resort, Newcastle, today (Tuesday 6th June) and tomorrow.

The annual Summit, organised by UK Coaching with the support of Sport Northern Ireland, brings together delegates from across the UK involved in promoting and developing sports coaches and coaching systems, to review progress and share best practice.

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HRH The Princess Royal, who is patron of UK Coaching, was among addressed attendees on the opening day of the Summit. Other speakers included Chair of Sport Northern Ireland George Lucas, UK Coaching Chief Executive Mark Gannon, and Paralympic champion Michael McKillop who was joined by his coach and father Paddy McKillop.

Opening the Summit, Sport Northern Ireland Chair George Lucas commented:

“Sport NI is delighted to welcome this year’s UK Coaching Summit to Northern Ireland, and to be supporting UK Coaching in organising the event. Coaches play a crucial role in making sport happen at all levels within local communities, and this Summit is a great opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the UK, to collaborate and share learning on the work we are all doing to support and develop our sporting workforce.”

Mark Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of UK Coaching said:

“Sport Northern Ireland have pulled all the stops out here, it’s a fantastic venue.

“I’m really excited about the diversity of people here from all sorts of backgrounds, and some of the outcomes [from the sessions] are community outcomes they’re not sport outcomes, they’re using physical activity and sport as a medium to bring about a positive outcome for a community.

“That’s the key message for me at this conference; this is about coaching and people inspiring people. It doesn’t matter what context it’s in, whether it’s business; whether it’s executive coaching; whether you’re a parent of a kid, it’s coaching – it’s inspiring people.”

Over the course of the two-day Summit, attendees will take part in a series of workshops and practical sessions, including outdoors sessions at Sport Northern Ireland’s Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.