Team GB’s top athletics coach in the starting blocks for Leaders in Performance

Charles van Commenee, Head Coach of UK Athletics, will be speaking to an invite-only audience of 350 top coaches and managers in an exclusive interview at the 4th annual Leaders in Performance conference on 10th and 11th October 2012 at Chelsea FC.

Coming only 8 weeks after the closing ceremony of London 2012, he is set to share the inside story of the development, coaching and preparation of Team GB’s track and field athletes, and offer insights into his innovations and unique approach to delivering elite performance.

Over a 31 year coaching career, Van Commenee has personally coached athletes to Olympic gold medals, including heptathlete Denise Lewis at Sydney 2000, and managed elite performance across every Olympic sport as technical director of the Dutch Olympic committee, where he led the Netherlands to it second best Games medal haul at the 2008 event in China.

He is latest addition to the 2012 conference, which delivers insight into the identification, development and management of elite sporting talent, and joins a long list of the biggest names in sport who have spoken at the prestigious event.

In recent years the guest speakers have included: Arsene Wenger, Manager, Arsenal FC; Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland A’s; Kevin Roberts, CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi; Matthew Syed, Author, Bounce; Johan Bruyneel, Sporting Director, Team Radio Shack; Gerard Houllier, Manager, Aston Villa FC; Mark Cavendish, World Champion Cyclist.

Leaders in Performance is a closed-doors, senior summit for the global figures leading the delivery of sporting excellence. It has a strict vetting procedure for attendees and sells out every year. Delegates wishing to apply for a pass to attend are encouraged to do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. To register for the event or to learn more about Leaders in Performance please contact one of the team on +44 (0) 207 042 8666 or email

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