Belper Hockey Club coach Duncan Woods is one of three men appointed by the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) to lead its sports performance coaching programmes for the next two years.
The former England and Great Britain hockey star will be hockey performance coach, alongside table tennis performance coach Gareth Herbert and basketball performance coach James Maudsley, to help talented young performers in each of their sports. A golf performance coach is also due to be appointed within the next few weeks.
The Derbyshire Institute of Sport was launched in April, thanks to funding from Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and the University of Derby, to support selected athletes to achieve greater success on the national and international stage.
Duncan Woods earned 90 caps and competed at two Commonwealth Games, winning bronze in 1998. He will work alongside current hockey coaches at club and regional and national level to help develop the most talented junior players in Derbyshire.
He said: “I’m really excited to be part of the DIS. A number of Derbyshire players are currently playing for England or Great Britain at age group level and I will be working closely to ensure that those players can reach the next level.”
The DIS is a support network which provides athletes with access to high quality strength and conditioning, sports science and sports medicine services within Derbyshire.
Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and the University of Derby are the driving forces behind the DIS, which is coordinated by Derbyshire Sport.
Hockey, table tennis and basketball are among seven ‘performance sports’ within the DIS, which also includes athletics, badminton, golf and swimming. The majority of athletes supported by the DIS compete in these seven performance sports.
The new coaching appointments add to an already highly-experienced coaching team which includes former international badminton player James Boxall, and Andi Manley, head coach Derbyshire performance swim squad Derventio eXcel. The team also includes a number of strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapists including Lead Strength and Conditioning Consultant Nick Ward, who has worked with organisations such as Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton, Hartlepool United FC and Newcastle United Academy; and Lead Physiotherapy Consultant Lynda Daley, who has worked for England Hockey, GB Weightlifting and GB Wheelchair Tennis, and was the Venue Medical Manager for the North Greenwich Arena (O2) for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
‘Hub’ sites for the DIS, which provide many of the services required by athletes and coaches, are based at Brampton Manor in Chesterfield and the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road site in Derby – where former international badminton player Donna Kellogg, who represented Great Britain at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, is working to develop the Team Derby Performance Programme.
As part of her role, Donna will mentor students who are awarded scholarships through the performance programme, drawing on her experience as an Olympic athlete, and ensure close links with the DIS.
Leading the DIS team is Performance Manager Andy Wood, who is former GB Badminton Performance Director and was Badminton Head Coach at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics. He coached Simon Archer and Joanne Goode to Britain’s first Olympic badminton medal, a bronze in Sydney in 2000, and Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms to their silver in Athens in 2004.
Andy said: “I’m pleased that the Derbyshire Institute of Sport is continuing to attract such a wealth of experience to its support staff. The DIS is still in its early stages but it is clear to see that there is a willingness and clear vision to put Derbyshire on the map across a number of sports.
“There is some real sporting talent in the county and by harnessing that talent and giving the athletes the right support when they need it most we can achieve our goal of seeing more Derbyshire athletes achieving greater success on the national and international stage.
“The DIS is also linking with schools and academies to help support talent identification and development to ensure a ‘conveyer belt’ of sporting stars which will feed into the DIS.”