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UKAD Hosts Inaugural Forum for Anti-Doping Educators

Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman addressing delegates at the 2014 UKAD Educator Forum

Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman addressing delegates at the 2014 UKAD Educator Forum
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Over 50 representatives from a range of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and sporting organisations met in Birmingham on Tuesday 27 May 2014 for the inaugural UKAD Educator Forum.

Trained by UKAD, Anti-Doping Educators deliver formal and structured education sessions on anti-doping to athletes and athlete support personnel. They are recruited, managed and deployed by NGBs and other partner organisations.

The Forum provided the opportunity for Educators to share their experiences of delivering anti-doping education and to develop a community for continual improvement and learning.

The day consisted of a number of sessions including, the development of facilitation skills, round table discussions, and presentations from England Hockey and Loughborough University on their experiences of Educator management and deployment.

Delegates were also given an overview of the new 2015 World Anti-Doping Code from UKAD’s Code Implementation Manager Tony Josiah. The new Code, effective from 1 January 2015, underlines the importance of athletes and athlete support personnel receiving updated and accurate education. Educators will receive additional training as part of this process.

National Trainer Paul Moseley, who is involved in the training of Educators, said: “The Forum was a great opportunity for Educators to come together and discuss some of their experiences and learn about key changes to the new Code. 

“The way the Forum was structured enabled Educators to recap some key topics, as well as reinforce key facilitation skills. The opportunity to explore and develop questioning and active listening skills provided the opportunity to build on skills that are not often practiced.”

Director of Communications and Education Nicola Newman said: “Enabling education is a vital aspect of UKAD’s remit. Educators play a critical role in implementing their organisation’s strategies, to ensure athletes and athlete support personnel fully understand their anti-doping responsibilities.

“It was really encouraging to see so many Educators attend this event. We provided an environment to share experiences, ask questions and learn new skills. This will help ensure athletes in the UK continue to receive the highest level of anti-doping education.”

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