"Houshang Amiri, without a doubt, has been key to my success as a top level cyclist."
-Max Plaxton
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Amiri attends International UCI Seminar

February 01, 2017

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PCC Head Coach Houshang Amiri was among 13 UCI Experts attending a seminar at the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) in Aigle, Switzerland last weekend.

UCI WCC Experts are highly-qualified coaches who already have the UCI Coach Diploma or an equivalent qualification in their respective countries. On top of their everyday jobs, they are called on to deliver UCI Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses in different regions throughout the world.  

In 2016, these Experts delivered eighteen coaching courses in 16 countries on four continents. The courses are given in different languages – for example Spanish, Russian or English – and for different disciplines according to demand.

At the seminar in Aigle, the Experts were brought up to date on modifications to coaching courses and the objectives of the UCI and Olympic Solidarity. They also gave their feedback on the course content and shared their experiences, all of which will be considered when developing new ideas and resources. Finally, the seminar aimed to ensure the courses are standardised, with all Experts interpreting the content in the same way. 

“I found the seminar very informative and it offered a great opportunity to meet other fellow experts as well as UCI WCC High Performance Manager, Belinda Tarling and Fred Magné, Director - UCI World Cycling Centre,” said Amiri.

“Our Experts are not only qualified coaches but most also have a teaching qualification. They are very committed and most give these courses during their annual holidays,” said Tarling.

She said the seminar was useful to get their feedback and thoughts: “We are constantly trying to improve our courses and make them more attractive. It is important to get the Experts’ feedback as they are the ones delivering the courses. Their advice and opinions are important to us.”

Magné stressed the importance of the Experts’ role: “More and more National Federations are requesting courses for coaches in their countries. We are fortunate to have a pool of Experts we can call on to deliver these courses which are organised throughout the world. By raising the standard of coaching, we raise the level of cycling.”

The UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC), which houses the headquarters of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), is an elite coaching and training centre.

Opened in 2002, every year it welcomes a large number of athletes from around the world, each of them devoting all their energies to their sporting careers. The WCC offers training and development for around 100 athletes every year in the three Olympic disciplines (road, track and BMX).


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