International Coaching Week 18th – 22nd May York the up and coming coaching capital of the UK

Last year York became the first City to publicly and proactively support International Coaching Week (ICW). As a collaborative venture, it involved the council, local businesses, many volunteers and coaches in a series of events across the week to members of public and local businesses to give them the chance to consider and experience coaching first hand. Due to last year’s huge success plans are underway to repeat the project again in 2015.  The City of York prepares once more to do its bit to raise the profile of coaching.

Coaching York is the driving force behind the event.  This is a group of volunteers who are working together to raise the profile of coaching across the City.  Their aim is to make positive and sustainable changes to the ways in which people and communities relate to one another.

The theme set for this year’s programme is ‘Coaching: Conversations that Make a Difference’.  Karen Hickman, who is leading the project this year, said: “For anybody with first had knowledge of the potential transformative impact of coaching it’s an exciting prospect to consider the question “what difference could coaching make to a city?” the range of possible responses provides an irresistible invitation for our communities to consider, and a great place for us to open up a dialogue with those who share our values to make a difference.”

The programme includes:

  • a launch event
  • Workshops
  • A conference,
  • Coaching taster sessions
  • Coaching with horse demonstration
  • Introduction to useful tools and techniques to support coaching

A variety of speaker and organisations will come together to share best practice. It’s a packed agenda!

All these events are free and no money will change hands. Peter Lumley who is the chair and one of the founder members of Coaching York says: “People may ask why we prepared to put so much effort into this event, after all there is a great deal of organising and work that goes into delivering the various events, the simple answer is of course because Coaching matters, we want to share this view with as many people as possible.”

Launching on Monday 18th May at the City of York Council offices, local leaders from a number of organisations including the University of York, North Yorkshire Police, Nestles and individuals and community groups from across the City will all be speaking about the difference coaching has made to them in their communities.

Kerstin England CEO of City of York Council who is also well known champion of coaching will lead the keynote address and Professor Bob Garvey Honorary President of Coaching York and Professor of Business Education at St John University will lead a provocative conversation on the possible benefits coaching can offer the communities of York.

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All events are free, pre bookable and ticketed.

For more details or to arrange an interview please contact

Victoria Wooldridge Tel 07545 642660 or

Or Karen Hickman Tel 07957 577878 or