We are delighted to welcome new Head Coaches for three of our sport programmes at the University of Nottingham Sport. Freddie Fairbairn, Anna Maria Carbone and James Bateman have taken the reigns of the Volleyball, Judo and Men's Hockey programmes respectively. They all bring a wealth of expertise within their specialised sports to their roles, and we look forward to the progress they will make with their teams and athletes over the coming months. We briefly spoke with each coach around their appointment as well as finding out more about their coaching and sporting experience.
Freddie Fairbairn – Volleyball Head Coach
Freddie has stepped up into the head coach role after 3 years as assistant coach in the program and leading our beach volleyball teams to BUCS medals. Freddie has a wealth of experience in the university sector and National Team pathway, having coached the England Cadets to a European silver medal in 2019 and being appointed to the England Junior Women’s Beach programme in 2021. He intends to bring his knowledge of developing athletes and performance volleyball together to push the program forward both indoors and on the beach.
On his appointment, Freddie said "I’m excited by this opportunity to work with the talented group of athletes at the university and develop the program to be at the forefront of volleyball in the UK."
Anna Maria Carbone – Judo
Anna Maria Carbone, is a 3rd Dan level 3 coach with over 30 years’ experience as a Judoka, both in Italy and the UK. Prior to moving to the UK, she ran her own club in Italy for 7 years and has previously worked as a voluntary coach with the England ETDC and ETD programmes. In her previous role she coached a wide range of abilities from beginner through to international judoka, including Olympic medallist’s Sam Ingram and Chelsea Giles.
While based in Italy and England, Anna Maria has taught a range of players to achieve their Dan grade and she is passionate about helping players of all abilities. Anna Maria also continues to have strong relationships with the Italian Judo Federation, which has been supportive in organising various judo training trips to Italy. In 2019, she won the British Judo Association UK Volunteer coach of the Year Award, and her previous club, Coventry, won Club of the Year.
Speaking about her new role as Judo Head Coach, Anna Maria stated that she is "delighted to take on the role looking forward to the year ahead working with the players making a strong team and relationship."
James Bateman - Men’s Hockey
James is the current Director of Hockey at Oakham School, a role he will continue alongside this appointment. He was previously an Assistant Coach for the Men’s 1st XI at the University of Nottingham and is currently a Talent Development Coach for England Hockey. He is also involved in the Player Pathway, including working as a Head Coach at the Performance Centre, Futures Cup, UK School Games, and a DiSE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) Programme Mentor, as well as supporting the National Age Group teams. Having completed the EH Level 3 and GB Advanced Coaching Programme, he is currently working towards the European Hockey Federation Top Coach Programme.
On his new challenge with us, he stated "I’m really excited to be taking on the role of Head Coach at the University of Nottingham alongside my role as Director of Hockey at Oakham School. I'd like to thank Oakham for supporting me to balance continuing to drive forwards the excellent hockey programme at Oakham with the superb programme at Nottingham. The University of Nottingham has a long history of being a strong environment for hockey with so many past students becoming Olympians. I’m relishing the challenge of working with the current group of talented players to support them on their own journey wearing the famous Green & Gold!"
We wish our new Head Coaches the best of luck in their new roles and look forward to seeing their successes at the University of Nottingham.
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Posted on Tuesday 19th October 2021