Peter Stanley named as head of coaching and development at UKA

Joint appointment by UKA and England Athletics is “fantastic news for the sport”, says Stanley’s former charge Jonathan Edwards

Stanley with Chris Tomlinson (Mark Shearman)

Peter Stanley has been announced as the new strategic head of coaching and development in a joint appointment by UKA and England Athletics.

Although perhaps best known as the man who guided Jonathan Edwards to his world triple jump record and Olympic and world titles, Stanley has also coached UK long jump record-holder Chris Tomlinson (pictured above) and Brazilian Jadel Gregorio, the 2007 world triple jump silver medallist, and Edwards believes Stanley’s appointment is “fantastic news for the sport”.

“I am delighted to hear Peter is the new Strategic Head of Coaching and Development for British Athletics,” said Edwards, who worked with Stanley throughout his career and has held the world record of 18.29m since 1995.

“As a performance coach he has achieved the ultimate with his athletes, and continues to bring the best out of them week in week out. More recently he has thrived as a national coach mentor, helping advise and develop the next generation of coaches.

“His appointment is fantastic news for the sport of athletics, and recognition of his talent and achievements in coaching.”

The North East man, who has worked as a national coach mentor since 2009, takes over a position which will involve managing the coach education and development programme as well as developing a link between coach development and elite performance and he emphasises that his role will be aimed at improving the quality at grassroots.

“Nobody’s born as an international coach,” commented Stanley. “Everybody’s got to work at it just like every athlete has to work at it. They’ve all got different talents and take different times to hone themselves. It’s exactly the same for coaching.”

Stanley’s current crop of athletes includes long jumper JJ Jegede, and triple jumpers Nony Mordi, Yasmine Regis and Nadia Williams, who he hopes to continue looking after.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have been given the role, but I’m under no misapprehensions about the size of the job,” said Stanley. “It covers the whole of the British Isles and it will mean hopefully bringing the home countries closer together. I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“I want to push forward and accelerate the process of the formal coaching education system, I’d like to get everybody working together and have one team throughout. It’s a long term project; I want to get the sport as healthy as I possibly can with high participation and good retention of both athletes and coaches while creating more highly skilled coaches across Great Britain.”

» Look out for a two-page interview with Peter Stanley in this week’s AW, out Thursday May 9

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