Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference: Keynote Announcement

British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to announce Emma Atkins as the second keynote for the 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference, taking place on the 12th and 13th November at Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire.

Mentoring – Helping everyone to survive, drive and thrive

Exploring mentoring in a range of environments, both in and beyond traditional sport, this session will explore the key aspects of mentoring and work with you to embed or evolve this further into your coaching practice.

A very applied session, this will involve you as the audience into the art and science of mentoring others, sharing the challenges and rewards this can bring and most importantly, suggesting some ideas of measuring the impact of this process.

Expect lively discussion, lots of creativity and audience participation.

Emma Atkins…

“An inspirational leader who knows how to connect, move at speed and have fun along the way”

Emma (Em) Atkins is a strategic leader in sport and coaching development whose experience spans over 30 years. In sport, she is most well known as the previous Director of Coaching for UK Coaching where she spearheaded the collective drive for more learner-centred coach development systems and greater recognition of the professional practice of coaches.  During her time in coach development, she has led UK wide projects to integrate and develop Long Term Athlete Development, Multi Skills and Duty of Care into coach education programmes. As a strategic leader, she worked closely with the government to deliver the coaching task force and was responsible for developing and implementing the coach developer network across England and support National Governing Bodies to modernise their coach education provision.

Throughout this, her experience and passion for mentoring has been central to her work, playing the role of mentor with a wide range of people from different perspectives; coaches, athletes, inactive people, unemployed people and senior managers.  She developed the mentoring programmes of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, where she was appointed Chief Executive in 2015 after helping to start and establish the charity in 2008.   This charity supports world class performers and young people from disadvantaged background using the power of mentoring and has reached hundreds of thousands of people since its inception.

She currently is the CEO of Groundwork Greater Nottingham, an environmental community development charity, part of which is a large-scale employability programme in which mentoring is the differentiator.  She also runs a successful consultancy firm which has some very interesting projects which she will share and Em has been instrumental as a senior leader in the Sport for Development sector including helping Judy Murray and Isa Guha to establish their own charities.

We recently announced Doug Cooper as our first keynote. We will be sharing further details of the 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference over the next few weeks, ahead of bookings opening in June.