Agility Team GB

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Each year, The Kennel Club sends competitors to both the European Open Championships and the World Championships to represent the UK.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the European Open Championships and the FCI Agility World Championships have been cancelled for 2020.

The 2021 European Open Championships will be from 22-25 July in Abrantes, Portugal and the FCI Agility World Championships will be held from 23-26 September in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Training days for Agility Team GB 2021 and 2022

These events will be held at Pure Dog Events, Statfold Barn Railway, Ashby Road, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 0BY. If handlers wish to camp at venue during the below dates, please email Sandra Adams directly.

2021 dates

  • Showcase event – 23 and 24 January 2021
  • Pre-selection qualifier – 20 and 21 February 2021
  • European Open try-out – 20 and 21 March 2021
  • Agility World Championships and Junior Open Agility World Championships try-out – 27
  • and 28 March 2021
  • Team day for all teams – 25 April 2021
  • European Open and Junior Open Agility World Championships team day – 31 May 2021
  • Agility World Championship team day – 28 August 2021

2022 dates

  • Pre-selection qualifier – 26 and 27 February 2022
  • European Open try-out – 19 and 20 March 2022
  • Agility World Championships and Junior Open Agility World Championships try-out – 26 and 27 March 2022
  • Team day for all teams – 23 April 2022
  • European Open and Junior Open Agility World Championships team day – 30 May 2022
  • Agility World Championship team day – 27 August 2022
Results from the European Open

The results will be available after the competition.

Results from the Agility World Championships

The results will be available after the competition. 

Agility Team GB sponsors

Natural Instinct are thrilled to announce that they are the official Agility Team GB sponsors for the 2019-2020 period!

Agility has become the fastest growing dog sport in the world. In the UK alone there are some 20,000 competitors and 300 licensed annual agility shows, as well as numerous special sponsored events which take place nationwide.

Natural Instinct are excited to be affiliated with such a fantastic team together with The Kennel Club and Nottingham Trent University and look forward to supporting Agility Team GB in the upcoming year.

Pure Dog Events are passionate when it comes to dogs. They are particularly committed to delivering the next generation of dog agility venues. Pure Dog Events therefore welcomes the chance to become a main sponsor for Agility Team GB in conjunction with The Kennel Club. They look forward to sharing Statfold Barn Farm, the gold standard of dog sports venues and also working with the team to provide them with world-class training facilities.

Galician are excited to announce that they are the official equipment supplier for Agility Team GB events.

When creating our equipment, we put the dog first by ensuring that the equipment is both safe and comfortable. We have also considered the ring party, and have designed equipment which is both low maintenance and light.

We look forward to working with The Kennel Club, Natural Instinct and Pure Dog Agility in supporting Agility Team GB in 2021 and 2022.

Meet the 2021 Agility Team GB

Find out more about the team below.

The management team

Greg Derrett - Team GB Manager

Greg Derrett is the newly appointed Team GB Manager who will be managing both the senior and junior teams. Greg has developed through The Kennel Club Junior Organisation (now called the Young Kennel Club) through to being a successful international handler at both the European Open Championships and FCI Agility World Championships, having won multiple medals in both individual and team events. As well as an international handler, Greg has years of experience in being a team captain, a team manager and an event organiser. These combined skills and wealth of knowledge will be applied to help Agility Team GB develop, achieve their goals and bring future success.

The team manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the team. Some of the tasks which the team manager will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Supporting the events team when they liaise with the event organisers about team arrangements, entries, and special arrangements regarding travel (especially with dogs) and any country-specific rules and regulations
  • Liaising with the coaching staff, ensuring that their responsibilities are understood and they are clear about their roles within the team. The team manager is also be responsible for allocating tasks at the event and ensuring good team working and support during the pre-event planning, during travel to and from the event and during the event itself
  • Having overall responsibility for ensuring that the team members are as well prepared as possible and are in a position to perform their best at the event
  • Managing, organising and running the qualifying events leading up to team selection (with the support of the events team)
  • Managing, organising, preparing and running official pre-event training days, pre-competition training sessions in liaison with the support of the events team
  • Ensuring that all team members, including support staff and coaching staff, are aware of the code of conduct, the event timetable, travel and accommodation arrangements and any special requirements before, during and after the event
  • Attending squad days, team training days, the performance weekend and any extra training and meetings as required. The team manager also works at both the Junior European Agility World Championships, European Open Championships and Agility World Championships

Matthew Goodliffe - Senior Coach

Matt is the newly appointed Senior Coach for Agility Team GB. Matt has 22 years of experience in agility training, instructing, competing and judging. Matt has competed at both the European Open Championships and Agility World Championships, winning medals in both individual and team competitions. With the wealth of expertise, knowledge and professionalism that Matt brings to the role, we are confident that Agility Team GB will be taken to a new level, enhancing our medal prospects at the championships at all three heights. 

Some of the tasks which the senior coach will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coaching team members at training sessions and at the European Open Championships (EOs), and Agility World Championships (AWC)
  • Being part of the selection committee and identify improvement opportunities for each team member, from selection to competition
  • Identification of future potential to invite to pre-selection qualifier
  • Taking an active interest in the performances at, and the results of, the main Kennel Club finals (Olympia, Crufts)
  • Involvement in the running of team selection events and official training sessions
  • Delivering online presentations to the team (judge analysis, skill setting drills)
  • Providing team members with a PDF of the championship judge's sample courses including updating team members throughout the training period
  • Designing courses and drills for official training sessions
  • Designing specific drills in relation to championship judges for S.M.A.R.T. goal analysis

Anthony Clarke - Junior Coach

Ant is the newly appointed Junior Coach for Agility Team GB. Ant has competed in agility for 22 years. He is a consistent winner at Young Kennel Club events (ADOY), and previously represented The Kennel Club at the Junior International Championships. Ant has gone on to win many of the biggest finals in the UK, and has won medals at the Junior Agility World Championships, the European Open Championships and the Agility World Championships. Ant is experienced in coaching both juniors and seniors in international agility teams, as well as having eight years of experience running and managing agility events. With Ant’s knowledge and experience he will be able to develop and increase our chances of winning further medals at the Junior Open Agility World Championships. 

Some of the tasks which the junior coach will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Coaching team members at training sessions and at the Junior Open Agility World Championships (JOAWC)
  • Being part of the selection committee and identify improvement opportunities for each team member, from selection to competition
  • Identification of future potential to invite to pre-selection qualifier
  • Taking an active interest in the performances at, and the results of, the main Kennel Club finals (Olympia, Crufts) and Junior events
  • Involvement in the running of team selection events, official training sessions and additional junior team training sessions
  • Delivering online presentations to the team (judge analysis, skill setting drills)
  • Providing team members with a PDF of the championship judge's sample courses including updating team members throughout the training period
  • Design courses and drills for official training sessions
  • Design specific drills in relation to championship judges for S.M.A.R.T. goal analysis

Christina Davies - Results Analyst

Tina Davies is the newly appointed Agility Team GB Results Analyst for both the junior and senior teams. Currently Tina is a statistician working for the NHS, designing and delivering analytical work and communicating the results to a variety of audiences including non-technical audiences. She is a grade 7 handler and a qualified agility judge with a keen interest in the national and international aspects of dog agility.

Some of the tasks which the Results Analyst will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advising on:
    • team selection processes
    • selection of individuals to compete at the championships (JOAWC, EO’s, FCI AWC) including reserves
    • selecting the specific teams
  • Identification of future potential partnerships for invitation to pre-selection qualifier
  • Data analysis and reporting of stated S.M.A.R.T. goals:
    • individual performance throughout selection process (including Olympia and Crufts)
    • team performance at championships (JOAWC, EOs, FCI AWC)
    • identifying areas of strength and weakness
  • Being responsible for video review procedure at selection events
  • Giving online presentations to the teams on the competition data analysis
  • Being a member of performance review panel concerning;
    • results
    • S.M.A.R.T. goals analysis
    • refining S.M.A.R.T. goals
    • selection process, performance and changes
    • management performance

Dr. Victoria Fraser BVetMed MRCVS CCRT - Team Vet

Vicky Fraser is the newly appointed Agility Team GB Vet for both the junior and senior teams. Vicky is an experienced first opinion Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist currently working in a referral sports medicine, physiotherapy and orthopaedic referral practice. Her main area of focus is with sporting dogs, including pre- and post-season assessments along with fitness plans, injury prevention training plans, as well as resolving any injures which may occur.

Some of the tasks which the team vet will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Providing any necessary veterinary treatment for the teams whilst attending the championships (JOAWC, EOs, FCI AWC) abroad and ensuring travel paperwork and required treatments are completed before and during the event
  • Giving online presentations to the teams (on fitness, injury prevention, nutrition, hydration, travel)
  • Giving advice and help with warm up and cool down routines both pre event and during
  • Providing assistance with injuries during events
  • Offering professional services regarding tailored fitness plans for team dogs: 
    • speed, conditioning and strengthening
    • identifying and resolving individual weaknesses
    • injury prevention
Physio-Vet is the official vet practice for Agility Team GB.

Chris Kerton - Handler Fitness Coach

Chris is the newly appointed Agility Team GB Handler Fitness Coach. The role has a refined set of objectives to aid handlers who are looking to improve this aspect of their performance. Chris has coached and trained athletes for over 15 years who have all had different levels of fitness within a variety of sports.

With many qualifications based on this role, including personal training, strength, conditioning, nutrition and offering an established online setup, Chris is able to provide warm up and cool down routines for agility handlers as well as individual tailored plans which will help handlers become their fittest before they head to the start line at the championships. Chris has represented his country competing internationally both in agility and in other sports, and has previously been involved in the selection and management of other international agility teams.

Some of the tasks which the Handler Fitness Coach will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Raising awareness of fitness training plans specific to agility dog handlers, as well as the benefits of warm up and cool down practices
  • Offering personal training plans to those handlers that wish to improve their own individual fitness levels. The tailored fitness plans for handlers will include:
    • speed, conditioning and strengthening
    • identifying and resolving individual weaknesses
    • injury prevention
    • handling manoeuvre execution speed
  • Online presentations to the teams (on fitness, nutrition, hydration and strategies for optimal performance)

Ann Roberts - Safeguarding and Support Officer

Ann has been appointed as the Safeguarding and Support Officer for Agility Team GB. Ann has over 30 years’ experience in helping children and young adults. Ann is currently an Inclusion and Attendance Manager in a school and is the designated safeguarding lead as well as the Educational Visits Co-ordinator (Overseas and Residential). In this role she is tasked with providing suitable training for staff, writing safeguarding policies in line with current legislation and liaising closely with students, parents and staff to identify and support any safeguarding/child protection concerns including online safety. With Ann’s expertise in this area, as well as 40 years of experience in nearly all aspects of dog agility, you can be assured that the team’s safety and welfare is at the forefront.

Some of the tasks which the Safeguarding and Support Officer will carry out include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Writing, advising on, and maintaining safeguarding protocols
  • Being a communication link between the coaching team and parents
  • Being a first point of contact for parents and the management team to share any concerns or seek advice on safeguarding concerns
  • Helping and supporting handlers and parents to ensure they are a fully prepared team member, both prior to the championships and at the event itself
  • Ensuring that all the management team and The Kennel Club staff in contact with children have received appropriate information on safeguarding issues
  • Advising on the best safeguarding practices and being kept up to date with any changes in the policies
  • Being responsible for the support of the well-being of team members at the championship
  • Supporting any vulnerable adults within the senior team (if required)

Simon Peachey – Team GB Photographer

Simon is agility team GB’s official photographer. Simon will be attending all Agility Team GB events, as well as the three championships (Junior Open Agility World Championships, European Open Championships, and FCI Agility World Championships).

European Open Championships team

We will update this information when it becomes available.

Agility World Championships team

We will update this information when it becomes available.

Junior Open Agility World Championships (JOAWC) team

Still have questions?

For further information about Agility Team GB please email our events team.