Para-Coaching Initiative

The Para-Coaching Initiative is a partnership project with Disability Sport Wales. The aim is to create a better overall picture, and shared awareness, of coaches across Wales providing inclusive training opportunities for all young people. This network of coaches will help to provide opportunities for individuals who identify an interest in Athletics through the DSW Inspire Signposting process and Performance Hub Pathway, as well as directly through their own club provision.

The partnership will also offer coaches the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and coaching process when working with athletes with variety of impairments and classifications by engaging in;

  • DSW Multi Sport Athlete Profiling Days
  • DSW Classification focus Days
  • Welsh Athletics Regional Development Days
  • Shadowing opportunities

These opportunities will allow coaches to support their clubs with achieving their Insport standards and help to create more inclusive Athletics environments across.

“I really enjoyed the day and was blown away by the determination and focus of the young people. I learnt that any exercise can be adapted and there is always an alternative option. I had so much fun and hope I can attend other events in the future.”  - Anna Paterson, Rhymney Valley AC Coach

Please see below our coaches and their clubs who currently engaged in the project;

  • Gwennan Lewis – Cardiff Archers/ Cardiff AAC
  • Jude Gooding – Swansea Harriers
  • Glyn Pugh & Cath Alford– Rhondda AC
  • Bethan Davies – Unaffiliated
  • Anna Paterson – Rhymney Valley AC
  • Lorraine Mulvaney – Cardiff AAC
  • Clive Boulton – Wrexham AAC
  • Jake Morgan - Carmarthen Harriers
  • Jaz Barraclough – Newport Harriers


If you would like to get involved, please complete the expression of interest form in this link.