John Trower

Lecturer / Practitioner in Elite Coaching Practice and Coach Mentor for the PG Dip Elite Coaching Practice Level 4

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR354

John current role is currently the Coach Mentor for the PG Dip Elite Coaching Practice Level 4 Course, employed by UCLan and working with the Pentagon Group with the five sports engaged in the programme, namely, Rugby League, Hockey, Basketball, Table Tennis and Squash. In parallel with this position John provides bespoke elite performance support as a Performance Consultant on a contract basis.

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Aspirations from this course are:

Deputy Team Leader for the GB Athletics Team at the Beijing Olympics 2008, and Team Leader with the very successful GB U23 Team at the U23 European Championships in Kaunas Lithuania 2009.

Elite Coach in the Javelin event for over twenty five years. 

John has personally coached Steve Backley, Michael Hill, and Kelly Morgan, javelin throwers who have won major games medals at Olympic Games and World Championships since 1990, and in Backley’s case broke the javelin world record on three occasions during the period 1990 to 1992.

Performance planning to peak at the major championships, particularly the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Voted UK Sport Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1992

John established a Sports Science Support program in 2000 that was introduced to UKA creating a panel of experts to work alongside the UK’s lottery funded athletes and offer cutting edge science to improve performance.

More recently John has performance managed the four relay teams at the World Championships in Osaka in 2007 and achieved two bronze medals and a 4th and 6th position. The team building and management of the process by which the team prepared were a testament to my management skills with the individual team coaches involved.

Generating sponsorship income as part of my role in Local Government in the early 1990’s resulted in sums totalling over £500,000 being raised over a three-year period with initiatives such as ‘Sports Match’: With partnership funding this figure doubled in real terms.

Attended every Major Track & Field Championship since 1990, including 5 Olympic Games, 8 World Championships, 5 European Championships and 5 Commonwealth Games either as a personal coach, TV commentator (TVNZ), or part of the GB Team Management.

Attended the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 as a specialist commentator with SIS Live, the host broadcasters for the event.

Nineteen years experience of the Leisure industry whilst employed in Local Government from 1980 to 1999, managing large workforces and large budgets, in a period where it was essential to be creative in generating partnership funding and sponsorship to deliver quality services.

BSc Sports Science with Education
Diploma in Leisure Management ILAM