Frank Dick OBE
President, European Athletics Coaches Association
Renowned as one of the country’s best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers, Frank is President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Member of the IAAF Coaches Commission and Chair of the IAAF Academy. From 1974 to 1994 he was the British Athletics Federation’s Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding sports coaches in the world.
- Leaders are not about creating followership; they are about creating ownership and teamship.
- There is a special integrity in a strong leader who holds nerve in taking the hard line, whether for the enterprise or those for whom there is personal challenge in the enterprise.
- Leaders must be more like coaches and less like cops.
- Leaders understand that we cannot always change or choose conditions or circumstances in the arena. But we can choose and change our attitude.
- Leadership cannot really be taught; it can only be learned. It is how you use life experience to be better and different in taking people with you to make a difference.
In his position as Director of Coaching for the British Athletics Federation, Frank coached athletes such as Daley Thompson, Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe to European, Olympic and World honours. Under his leadership, Britain enjoyed a period of unprecedented international success. He also created training programmes for individuals such as Gerhard Berger and Boris Becker to name but a few.
In 2011, Frank was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the National Sports Academy of Bulgaria in reccognition of his influence in advancement of coaching in Europe. This followed an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University for his contribution to coaching and coach development.
Frank has combined his talent for inspiring sporting achievement with the business world. By recognising the synergy between effective coaching techniques on the playing field and in the office, over the years he has developed a range of inspirational keynote speech themes, workshop topics and bespoke employee development programmes that remain as popular and relevant today as ever.
His expertise derives from years of detailed research into individual success and achievement. Frank combines this wealth of knowledge and experience into an informative and motivational approach to achieving long-lasting transformation of both individual and team performance.
With a history of sporting excellence through coaching some of the best talent in the world he has, over the past 20 years of speaking to 100’s of companies both in the UK and around the world, recognised six key areas of personal and professional development that, once taken out of a “training room” mentality and put into a different context, can lead to individual and team progress simply by giving a different perspective.
Author of three major publications, ‘Sports Training Principles’, ‘Winning’ and ‘Winning Lines’, all classics in their fields, Frank’s latest book ‘Winning Matters’ was published in 2010.
Frank’s contribution to sport and coaching has been recognised in being awarded an OBE in 1989, induction to the UK Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and the prestigious title “UK Sporting Hero” by Sport UK in 2001.