11th March 2005




The University of Lincoln will host the fourth annual Coach and Volunteer Conference this weekend, featuring special guest lectures by sporting figures Rory Underwood and Graham Bassi.


The conference, organised by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership (LSP), includes a host of talks and workshops and promises to provide a central meeting for everyone working and volunteering in sport and recreation at the grass roots of Lincolnshire.


It also aims to teach delegates new skills in support coaching and volunteering, as well as how to develop a wider view of sport and recreation outside a club’s environment.


There will also be input and appearances from well known local coaches, particularly those who have built up their coaching careers in Lincolnshire and have now reached the level of coaching national squads.


Rory Underwood is the former England rugby union international who won 85 caps for England scoring a record 49 tries including 11 tries in his World Cup career. He also served as a Royal Air Force pilot, has been awarded the MBE and is now a director of his own management development consultancy near Grantham.


Graham Bassi is one of the country’s leading swimming coaches and has trained a host of British swimmers including Paralympic gold medallist Robert Welbourn. He has received many awards, the most recent of which include Lincolnshire Performance Coach of the Year and BBC East Midlands Coach of the Year.


The conference will take place on Sunday 13th March between 10am and 4pm at the university’s architecture building on the Brayford Pool campus. There will be a number of workshops to choose from which cover a range of topics to suit coaches and volunteers of all levels and interests including sports psychology, nutrition, video analysis, partnership working and effective planning.


For more information about the conference contact the LSP team on (01522) 552837 or visit the website www.lincolnshiresports.com.



For more information contact

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                       mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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