The Kennel Club is looking to recruit two new members to join
the Agility Team GB coaching staff. The new roles available
are for a technical coach, to start with immediate effect, and a
physiotherapist/chiropractor for 2016 onwards.
Current technical coach, Steve Croxford has been appointed as
Vice Chairman of the Kennel Club and will no longer continue as
technical coach for Agility Team GB. The key role of the technical
coach is to pull together support team activities associated with
the dog and handler performance, development and to coordinate
performance and development activities within the support team.
Team Manager, Mark Laker commented: "I would like to thank Steve
Croxford for all his hard work and guidance over his time with
Agility Team GB, which has been invaluable to both myself and the
team and we wish him well in his new role of Vice Chairman of the
"The technical coach role provides a unique opportunity for
someone to join the team and make a real contribution, as they will
play a vital coordinating role helping to maximise team skills and
expertise in a way that delivers benefit to the wider team of
The second role is for a physiotherapist or chiropractor from
2016 onwards. Currently, Hinckley Club member, Maria Johnston has
agreed to step in and provide support to the Agility Team GB as the
team physiotherapist for 2015 whilst the search for a replacement
for Emma Fretwell is undertaken.
Maria is well known amongst agility competitors for helping many
top agility dogs over the years to both regain and maintain full
fitness through her expert physiotherapy and hydrotherapy
Maria is a Level 3 TTouch Practitioner, with an Advanced
Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy (IRVAP), Member of APDT
(Association of Pet Dog trainers) and has an Advanced Certificate
Maria will be attending the European Open in Rieden, Germany and
the World Championships in Bologna, Italy this year to ensure the
dogs are provided with the best possible care and attention before,
during and after the event.
Team Manager Mark Laker commented, "I am thrilled that we have
been able to secure the services of such a top quality
physiotherapist for 2015 who fully understands the needs of a
modern agility dog and I know that Maria will be eagerly welcomed
into the fold."
Anyone who is interested in the role of technical coach or
physiotherapist/chiropractor can register their interest by
by 1st September 2015.
Agility Team GB is supported by the Kennel Club, CSJ Specialist
Canine Feeds, Gencon, Agility1st and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, the
Kennel Club's preferred cross-channel partner. The official
equipment supplier is First Contact.