Emma Brunning

Emma Brunning (Director and Head Coach)


Emma is a passionate programme designer, Coach, Facilitator and Mentor that likes nothing more than seeing athletes and coaches achieve their goals, dreams and personal challenges.

 Emma set up Active Blu in 2011 after making a career change from University Lecturing, teaching in personal development and education. Previous to this Emma worked as a Learning and Development consultant, working with businesses and young people in personal development, with in the context of the outdoors, art and theatre.


Her love for learning enabled her to gain her degree, post graduate degree in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and start her MA in experiential learning and development training.

Active Blu is based in the Lake District National Park, where swimmers and triathletes have opportunities to train and develop their skills and fitness at the beautiful Open Water base on Lake Windermere, or at the pool base in Lancaster.

Emma also is contracted internationally for WORLD TRIATHLON.

Her roles include:

Supporting the Facilitators and designing the Facilitator Strategy, training and personal development.

Managing the Coach Education Partnership Programme CEPP

Running Coach Education Programmes

Also she mentors and supports the international Facilitators offering long term guidance and sounding board for those wishing to discuss matters happening within their own country. This gives her great insight into different coaching methodology, cultures and the reality of how limited resources and equipment are in some countries. This enables personal creativity to flourish and knowledge and experience to always grow and develop.

Emma prides herself in offering world class professional coaching, mentoring and consultancy and has the philosophy that you can always continue to learn and develop from every experience that you have.


She also works as a British Triathlon coach, Coach developer and Mentor for the HIGH PERFORMING COACH PROGRAMME this enables her to pass on her knowledge and expertise to others and enjoys the process of supporting, guiding and developing coaches across the world. Emma often finds herself working in different parts of the world. Examples include

Greece – ETU Kids Development Camp. 

USA – Para Tri  – Coach. 

 Switzerland – ITU Facilitator programme. 

St Croix – ITU Level 1 Facilitator. 

South Africa – BTF Coach Development Programme 

Trinidad – BTF International Development Programme 

Australia – WAIS – Track Cycling Coach Development. 

Barbados – BTF Level 2 International Development Programme 

Ireland –  ITU Tutor Training programme 

Croatia –  ITU Level 2 Faciliatator. 

North West Regional Academy Coaching – 2015 – 2018

Australia –  Coach Development Course – Open Water Swimming. Facilitator and Mentor. 2011 – 2019

Korea – Designed and ran the ITU facilitator 2 week training and support programme, along with 134 coaches from across the world and the elite athletes from Soul. 

Saudi Arabia – Coach Education – 2022


Emma also specialises in Coach development, mentoring and Consultancy – Her creativity offers NGBs opportunities to create new, fresh thinking programmes for coaches to attend to develop their own thinking and understanding about coaching.

  • Open Water Coach Development Programme – CPD 2018
  • Re-write of BTF Level 1 and 2 Coach education Programme  2017
  • British Triathlon Tutor Training 2016 / 2017 / 2018
  • British Triathlon – NEW level 3 -HPCP 2018 
  • Womens Mentor and Development Programme 2019 
  •  Swim Smooth – Coach development Programme – Perth 2011 – 2019
  • British Triathlon Level 2 Diploma Programme 2018
  • Korea – Facilitator 2 week development programme. 2019
  • Premier League – head of coaching mentoring 2020 
  • World Triathlon Faciliatator Education Strategy 2021
  • UKAD Coaches Research and Curriculum 2021


As Coach Education and Development is her passion, she has dedicated her time setting up and designing programmes across the North West so that clubs can continue with their professional development.


As well as all this – She likes nothing more then jumping in the Lakes and training for her long distance swim events.



  • ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring – Ongoing.
  • Level 3 British Triathlon – High Performing coach Programme.
  • Coach Mentor – International
  • PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
  • PgD Experiential Learning.
  • MA Development Training
  • NLP Practitioner
  • World Triathlon Facilitator.
  • British Canoe Union – Level 2 Coach
  • RYA – Safety Boat
  • First Aid