Two Specialists Needed For Agility Team GB Coaching Staff

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 Kennel Club.

"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 agility handlers". 

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 skills. 

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 in Hydrotherapy.

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 emailing 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.

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