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Coaching for London 2012 Olympic gold

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A leadership development company is helping train some of Britain’s top sports coaches in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

The Inspirational Development Group has been enlisted by UK Sport, the UK’s high performance sports agency, to work with the coaches to unlock their potential and develop leadership skills that can be applied within their own sport and the wider sporting community.

The group of coaches on UK Sport’s Elite Coach Programme, who are drawn from sports such as hockey, swimming and athletics, will also undertake part of their training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, where IDG has a partnering agreement.

Gemma Morgan, IDG’s programme director said: “We are proud to be working with the UK’s top sporting coaches. The parallels between the sporting, commercial and military arenas are very evident and holding elements of the Elite Coach Programme at Sandhurst will allow us to provide the coaches with a first-class and inspiring environment.”

The organisation, which draws on the military experience of many of its team, believes it is unique in the way it teaches leadership - by incorporating the military ethos of followership in its programmes.

“The concepts behind sport and warfare in one way go hand in hand – there is a very close relationship between the principles of war and the mindset needed by elite athletes to operate under extreme pressure and in situations were not everything is within their control,” said Morgan, herself a former Army Officer in the Royal Logistic Corps.

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