The Power of 10 mission has inspired and motivated improved standards of performance
since its inception in 2006. The Power of 10 is instilling a real sense of purpose
and value that has witnessed greater depth and higher standards in the vast majority
of events across all age groups.
Competitors, clubs and coaches have been inspired to achieve the targets set and
drive up standards as a result. Our reward programme has recognised these improvements
made by 1000’s of coaches and athletes over the last 2 seasons.
The rankings also provide a clear indicator of where more work still needs to be
done and in 2010 this is reflected in the new UK 10 and UK 100 targets. Targets
are there to motivate, to act as goals for athlete performance and to set markers
for improvement over time.
For athlete and Coach we see these marks as crucial in leading each event upwards
but also demonstrating where work is needed. The original mission is unwavering
but as a sport we can’t be complacent. We can see that in the majority of events
standards are rising well, with a number showing exceptional progress. We remain
keen to continue to work towards moving all events forward in similar fashion.
Whilst acknowledging that the number of athletes making a UK 10 line may not be
as high as we want in some events we are doing the research to understand whether
this is a blip or a sign of a more endemic weakness in any given area.
It is essential that the targets reflect more than a single moment in time and relate
to long term goals at UK and Home Nation level. You will continue to see the site
evolve, offering greater analysis options through the login area.
Strategic Head of Coaching and Development, Kevin Tyler, acknowledges the strengths
of the site but is also keen to ensure that coaches and athletes plan effectively
for the long term... "(Coaches) The Power of 10 can support you and illustrates
clearly how the athletes you work with are progressing. But of course it is only
part of the answer. By using the login area, you can explore progress in the event
(s) you coach and by analyzing this info further you can recognise where your planning
is at with the athletes you coach. The sport is committed to deeper research and
constant evaluation of event depth and will learn from this and share those findings
with the sport."
It takes talent and dedication to improve performance and, with the support of McCain
we will continue to seek out and nurture more athletes and coaches with that drive
to succeed; single minded individuals who are prepared to make sacrifices every
day, who have the work ethic and determination to take them right to the top.