Vaughan Parry Williams
Inspirational coaching… the key to sporting success
The University of Nottingham strives for excellence in every field and we know playing sport enriches the student experience. Olympians and world-class athletes stand among our students and alumni, and we are proud of the strength of sport across the University.
We are currently ranked 7th in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings with more than 70 sports clubs we are one of only two universities which do not offer sports courses yet achieve a top-ten BUCS ranking. Our ambition is to break into the top five. To help achieve this, we wish to secure professional coaching for our elite athletes as well as high-quality coaching for our participatory sports teams. We want to grow sport at all levels, underlining our commitment to a Sport-for-All ethos, and help our athletes and teams - able-bodied and disabled, at elite or participatory levels - to achieve their sporting potential.
Many of our world-class sportsmen and women were inspired by Vaughan Parry Williams, the former Director of Sport and Physical Recreation, who dedicated almost 33 years to sport at the University before his death in 2009.
He passionately believed students should achieve their sporting potential as well as thrive academically. The Vaughan Parry Williams Coaching Fund was established in his memory.
Coaches are the unsung heroes of many sports. Yet these are the people that make the difference between good and great athletes. This was certainly a major factor for my sporting success. Having access to professional coaching at Nottingham University would give our students a tremendous boost in fulfilling their sporting ambitions.
Lynn Simpson (Economics 1994) World Individual and World Series Canoe Slalom Champion 1995/6
You can make an online donation to the Fund. Please select the Vaughan Parry Williams Coaching Fund from the drop down menu in the designation box.
Find out more about the Fund here, or email Development Officer, Andrew Wright or call him on +44 (0)115 951 3664.
What will your impact be?
Your support for the Vaughan Parry Williams Coaching Fund will have a far-reaching impact on the student sporting experience at the University of Nottingham., helping students achieve their sporting ambitions alongside their academic achievements. In recognition of the vital role of the fund the University is offering matched funding on the first £250,000 of donations made by alumni and friends.
Remember, with the University matching scheme all gifts to Nottingham will be matched pound for pound meaning your gift will have an even greater impact.
Click each bullet to read more information on our impact:
Creating a performance culture
that will raise the bar and inspire clubs to become centres of excellence in their sport.
Developing a sporting pipeline of talented athletes
through sharing best practices in the UK and at the overseas campuses in Malaysia and China.
Support for disabled athletes
by helping the University’s Disability Sports Officer provide specialised coaching resources to those individuals and teams who require it.
Initiatives for disabled athletes at the University:
Contact Hannah Webber on +44 (0)115 846 8121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
A comprehensive training programme
that offers coaching support thoughout, pre-season as well as vacation training camps, successfully integrating new students whilst ensuring full squad engagement.
Flexibility in coaching delivery
providing wider educational benefits through mentoring for junior student coaches. Partnerships with local sports clubs and coaching exchange programmes.
Performance enhancing sessions
including strength and conditioning, holistic sessions on yoga and Pilates, and specialized programmes on sports psychology, nutrition and physiology.