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UK Athletics coaches receive Elite awards

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Two UK Athletics coaches have been awarded places on UK Sport’s innovative Elite Coach scheme, which aims to accelerate the development of the nation’s most exciting coaching prospects.


Harry King - who oversees the sprint relay programme, and Toni Minichiello, coach to rising heptathlon talent Jessica Ennis, have received the awards that will see tailor-made programmes developed for both coaches.


These  will not only allow them to develop their technical skills by working with and observing the best in action, but also to develop their leadership skills. The support they receive will be complimented by a continuous professional development programme within UKA directly supervised by Callum Orr, the UK Athletics Head of Coaching and Teaching.


Both Minichiello and King take their place amongst ten coaches across different sports joining the scheme this year with the other athletics representative, Mike McFarlane, now entering his third year on the programme.




Harry King

A Great Britain representative at Commonwealth and European levels as an athlete, Harry has been an athletics sprints coach for 20 years and has worked with UK Athletics since 2004 with both junior and senior athletes as a Performance Coach. He is also the Team Manager for the European Gold Medal winning Men’s Relay Team and the women’s European Silver medal winning team, working closely with coaches Michael Khmel and Roger Walters.


Prior to joining UK Athletics, Harry coached with the Antigua & Barbuda National Team, as well as working as a sprints coach with Reading Football Club.

Harry also has 25 years experience working in design and development for hotels, restaurants, night clubs, offices and health clubs. Harry was a Senior Manager with the Nike Group of Companies (Nike Design) from 1997-2006.


Antonio Minichiello

Toni has been coaching for 13 years over which time 14 of his athletes have competed internationally. He has coached his wife, Nicola Minichiello, as a track and bobsleigh athlete. She has performed in bobsleigh and push start competitions, achieving significant results in a sport where Britain has had limited success.


Jessica Ennis, one of Antonio’s athletes, won Bronze at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and Gold at the 2005 European Junior Championships. In addition, he coached Louise Bloor to a victory on the BBC programme “Born to Win” and was awarded a Norwich Union Developing Elite Coach grant award earlier this year to assist with his development as a coach.


The previous elite coach groups were:



·     John Amos - Weightlifting

·     Tim Foster - Rowing

·     Mike McFarlane - Athletics

·     Graeme Randall - Judo

·     Paul Ratcliffe - Canoeing

·     Kevin Renshaw - Swimming

·     Adam Sotheran - Diving

·     Nick Strange - Rowing


·     Ian Barker - Sailing

·     Chris Boardman - Cycling

·     Karen Brown - Hockey

·     Steve Gladding - Diving

·     Kate Howey - Judo

·     Jim Mallinder - Rugby

·     Ciaran O’Brien - Swimming

·     Nigel Redman - Rugby

·     Dan Salcedo - Triathlon



·     Graham Antwhistle - Swimming

·     Jess Garland - Netball

·     Louise Graham - Swimming

·     Steve Harris - Canoeing

·     Harvey Hillary - Sailing

·     Danny Kerry - Hockey (women)

·     Harry King - Athletics

·     Jason Lee - Hockey (men)

·     Tony Minichello - Athletics

·     Darren Warner – Judo