Britain’s New Head Coach
He has a big mantle to carry but Paul Hall MBE can shine as brightly as the sun itself in his new role as British Gymnastics Men’s Head National Coach. If that famous old rugby union commentator Bill McLaren had been passing judgement, he’d have surely said: “They’ll be dancing on the streets of Huntingdon tonight.” For Paul has been a leading light at the town’s excellent Gymnastics Club since 2003. He has lectured for the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) across the globe and was awarded an MBE for services to the sport six years ago. He is in essence, a highly respected and regarded gymnastics figure with the feel of the sport very much at his heart.
The Driving Force Within
This likeable man will be practising what he’s preached over the years, having guided Louis Smith MBE to Olympic medal success at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and then Rio four years later.
But it doesn’t end there as his expertise steered Daniel Keatings to a historic world all-around Silver in 2009. In fact, his CV reads like a successful novel, with great reading at every page turn. Two Olympic Games, eight European and five World Championships, and a host of much smaller but telling achievements.
You see, Paul Hall isn’t just about medal winners – he’s also about grassroots and those club members who simply enjoy keeping themselves fit and healthy. This is why he is, without doubt, the right and inspiring choice moving forward.
British Gymnastics is changing in a positive fashion, and given the increasing profile of the sport, any head coach needs to be dynamic and understanding in their approach. You don’t have to win an Olympic medal to furnish a personal success of course. Mind you, men’s gymnastics teams around the world will have been making a note of the competition as Tokyo gets ever nearer.
Work and Dedication
It’s true to say his work and dedication has contributed significantly to the speedy rise of the men’s artistic gymnastics programme in Great Britain. There is, of course, much more to come when he takes up his new role in June.
His first challenge (reduce your day to day challenges with our gymnastics club software) will centre around preparing and organising the team for the European Championships in Glasgow this August. “After a rigorous recruitment process, we’re delighted Paul Hall will take up the role of Men’s Head National Coach at British Gymnastics”, said James Thomas, British Gymnastics Performance Director.
“Paul is respected throughout Great Britain and the world for his gymnastics coaching expertise. We know Paul will be keen to work closely with the Performance staff and network of personal coaches to build on the successes of previous cycles as we head towards Tokyo 2020.”
Success Builds Confidence
His Mantra of ‘success builds confidence’ (find out more about becoming successful with our gymnastics club software) is true in any area of life, though this hard-working coach always does things the correct way. He simply has a deep feel for getting the very best out of gymnasts at any level. It’s something you can’t buy.
At Huntingdon, they run exciting activities for everyone, from baby sessions to adult classes, freestyle and disability groups. It’s been this way for more than 35 years. A perfect example of what a club can achieve through inclusivity and understanding. It refuses to stand still, progressing with every passing year and continually inspiring a new batch of would-be gymnasts. This is why so many people are proud to be associated with the club that keeps on giving.
Speaking on his appointment Paul said: “I’m both honoured and excited to be taking up my new role with British Gymnastics and am looking forward to the challenge of building on the incredible successes that our coaches, gymnasts, and support staff have worked so hard for in recent years. I hope that my role will help to provide the necessary leadership and direction that is needed to consolidate our place as one of the leading nations in men’s gymnastics for the Tokyo Games and beyond.”
Exciting Times Ahead
It’s a cast iron certainty Paul Hall’s mark on the sport of gymnastics will be seen very clearly both in terms of medal-winning performances and overall progression. Don’t be surprised to see him move from one of the best – to becoming the world’s best men’s gymnastics coach. There are genuinely exciting times ahead not just for the British Men’s team, but all of our clubs up and down the land.
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