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The dream comes true for Gwen!

PUBLISHED: 16:46 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 12:44 11 August 2010

NET GAINS . . . Gwen Edwards hopes  to become one of the highest qualified netball coaches in the area after being awarded a bursary.

NET GAINS . . . Gwen Edwards hopes to become one of the highest qualified netball coaches in the area after being awarded a bursary.

A Barking woman s dream of coaching netball to elite athletes is coming true thanks to a new London Coaching Bursary scheme. Gwen Edwards, 29, will be one the highest qualified coaches in east London after being been awarded a bursary voucher to enrol on

A Barking woman's dream of coaching netball to elite athletes is coming true thanks to a new London Coaching Bursary scheme.

Gwen Edwards, 29, will be one the highest qualified coaches in east London after being been awarded a bursary voucher to enrol on the new 1st 4sport Level three Certificate in Coaching (Netball) which has been mapped to the UK Coaching Cert-ificate framework and approved by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

Edwards was delighted with her award. "I've always enjoyed playing and coaching netball but my ultimate goal is to coach elite players," she beamed.

"The funding from the bursary has allowed me to enrol on the Level 3 course which will be a huge stepping stone for my personal develop-ment.

"The training will give me the knowledge and skills to coach at a higher level and will enable me to better support our teams of developing athletes.

"My previous experience as a player and an active netball coach allowed me to apply for the London Coaching Bursary to help advance my coaching skills.

"Schemes like the bursary are really important because they allow coaches like me to learn more advanced coaching methods which will help to develop world class players."

The London Coaching Bursary is available through SkillsActive and Pro-Active East London and gives coaches the chance to improve their skills, gain valuable experience and increase employ-ment opportunities in the sport and active leisure sector.

The scheme was launched last November with £250,000 of funding from the regional Learning and Skills Council and Sport England.

It has been a real boost for individ-uals in in London, with more than 300 already benefiting from the bursary.

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