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Bill Sweetenham and Alistair Gray share thoughts on coach development and why current practices are failing to deliver world-class coaches in any number.
The 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been one of the most successful ever, especially for the host nation. On and off the field Scotland and Glasgow have performed and delivered a great Games that gives hope for future Games.
From 2008-2102 I had the privilege to chair the board of British Swimming. During that time we planned and prepared our team for the Olympic Games in London in 2012. In January 2012 everything seemed to be on track to secure our target of 5 medals at out home Olympics. Sadly, and surprisingly our swimmers, though competing in more finals than ever before, won only 3 medals - none gold. In the gold rush that was achieved by other members of Team GB we were branded failures. Now nearly 18 months on, I can reflect on that performance and the lessons learned. These may be of value to athletes, coaches, executives and boards planning for future Games and major championships.
In 2000 we produced 2 scenarios for the future of Scotland - The High Road and The Low Road. Consider for yourself which one has emerged by 2014 and how this might change in the event of a YES/NO vote in the referendum.
In the wake of another miserable performance by Scottish Rugby on and off the field we analyse the underlying factors causing the spiral of decline and suggest 3 major steps that can be taken to change for the better.

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