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The CUBC are strengthening their coaching team by investing further in their Athlete Development Programme.

The Coaching Team will be led by the Chief Coach with the support of a Senior Assistant Coach, whose main responsibility will be the preparation of the Goldie Crew, and a new post of Development Coach, whose main responsibility will be to introduce and lead a year round Athlete Development Programme.

Cambridge have announced their continued priority to ensure athlete development within the Boat Race programme, believing that increasing the capacity of this scheme will help underpin future Boat Race squads. Six members of the 2014 Blue and Goldie Boats came through the existing summer Development Programme and they hope to increase this number in future years.

Mark Beer will be taking on the newly created position of Development Coach.  Mark has served the Club as Assistant Coach since 2011, and has successfully run the Development Programme as part of his wider duties. Now that they are enhancing this Programme, they can exploit the experience Mark has gained within his new role.

On his appointment to the position Mark Beer said “I am extremely excited to be able to take on the new position of Development Coach within the CUBC. Having helped to identify the need for a year-round Development Programme, I am delighted that the Club has asked to me to undertake the task of delivering this initiative. I look forward to working with a new group of talented and driven scholar-athletes and successfully delivering an essential new  element of the CUBC’s training programme”.

Chief Coach Steve Trapmore, MBE believes that this new position is a natural evolution in the ongoing strengthening and development of the CUBC programme. “I am delighted that Mark has agreed to take on the new position of Development Coach.  His experience as Assistant Coach over the past three seasons makes him ideally positioned to ensure the success of this new and important role for the club.’