Motivational Coaching Talk

Ben Hatchett, Head Coach at Durham City Swimming Club, held a session with our Sports students to outline his role as a professional coach. Like our Sports students, Ben completed a vocational qualification before studying Sports Coaching at university.

Ben developed additional skills by volunteering at his university swimming club in a coaching role. During his studies, Ben also accepted an opportunity to work in Australia where he coached high level swimmers – some of which won Olympic Golds at the recent Rio Olympics. When Ben graduated he succeeded in securing employment at Durham’s Swimming Club at the age of just 21.

This discussion gave the students an insight into how it is possible to develop a career in coaching, and the challenges faced in planning and management.

Simon Fairbairn, Lecturer in Sport, said: “Students are told all the time about the need to develop their experiences for career development, itt was great for them to hear this first-hand from someone within the industry."

"Ben is closer to their age it also makes it more relevant to the students to see how they can develop their pathway into the industry.”

George Thimlinson, HND Sports student said: “I was impressed by the amount of experience Ben has had at such a young age. It is great that he has learnt from every opportunity, even the negative ones, which has helped him to continually develop his coaching skills.” 

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