Northern Coaching Conference 2014

Northern Coaching Conference 2014

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Location: University Academy, Keighley, W. Yorks BD20 6EB

Date: 27th September

Cost £40, or an early booking fee of just £30 for bookings before Sunday 31st August (post received Monday accepted). Booking is now available - fill in the form and post with cheque, or email back - BACS details on the form:  (Deadline 24 Sept)


09.30 Arrival and Registration
10.00 Keynote 1 – Malcolm Brown
11.00 Morning Workshops
13.00 Lunch (including Coaching Marketplace)
14.00 Afternoon Workshops
16.15 Keynote 2 – “from good, to great” Paula Dunn
16.45 Close

Keynote Speakers:

Malcolm Brown
Malcolm has taken many athletes from a young age and developed them into successful International senior athletes. He has coached athletes to international appearances at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level and was British Triathlon's Olympic Performance Manager for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Most recently he has coached Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee brothers from the world of triathlon, who he began working with at just 15 years old, through to their Olympic success in London 2012 and most recently to Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games glory. He currently coaches a number of the British Triathlon squad based in Leeds.

Malcolm will be discussing the journey of the athletes he’s coached including the Brownlee’s and lessons learnt along the way and his journey of Good to Great.



Paula Dunn
Paula Dunn is the Head Paralympic Coach for British Athletics, a role she took in November 2012 following a spell as Paralympic Transition Manager and various talent development roles in the sport. A former international sprinter, Paula was selected for 2 Olympic Games and competed at 2 World Championships, 2 Commonwealth Games and 3 European Championships, gaining 1 European and 5 Commonwealth medals.  In 1997 Paula began her coaching career. A UKA level 4 Performance Coach she has identified and coached Junior International sprinters, a GB Senior International  athlete representing England at the Commonwealth Games and a Paralympic sprinter who went on to win bronze in the 2004 Paralympic Games and silver in the 2006 European Championships. Paula also has a wealth of team management experience at major events, including her role as GB Speed and Relay Lead for London Paralympic Games.

Morning workshops:

  • Empowering Coaching
  • LiRF-CiRF: Delivering engaging sessions for a mixed ability group.
  • Coaching Athletes with a Disability –Developing Confidence to be Inclusive
  • The Importance of Planning - an athlete’s development in your hands
  • Nutrition to Optimise Performance
  • Physical Preparation: Role of the trunk

 See below for more details

Afternoon workshops:

  • Jumps: Long Term development of jumpers, a skill based approach
  • Throws: “Dealing with High Numbers of Athletes – a system for the benefit of all”
  • Speed – Running Fast and Efficient
  • Endurance - Coaching a young athlete within a group – a case study on developing individual performance
  • LiRF-CiRF: Developing your leadership craft
  • Physical Preparation: Role of the trunk

See below for more details

Morning workshop details

Empowering Coaching - Paul Appleton
The Empowering Coaching approach is based on theories of motivation and leader influence as well as research evidence in sport and other domains (e.g. the classroom). The workshop seeks to share the key aspects of the coach-created climate that can positively or negatively influence the motivation and well-being of athletes.  The workshop will help coaches to understand the basic principles behind Empowering Coaching. Equipped with this knowledge, coaches are challenged to re-evaluate common coaching practices and consider how they can integrate the Empowering Coaching perspectives into their own personal coaching style. Coaches will work together to enhance their existing motivational climate and to develop new strategies to help them create a more empowering environment in training and competitive settings.

LiRF-CiRF: Delivering engaging sessions for a mixed ability group - Phil Marshall and Sam Barlow
This practical based session will explore concepts of how to keep sessions fresh and engaging for a mixed ability adult group. Based on feedback given by active group leaders, this workshop is built around the main components of a run group session with a specific focus on warm up and cool down activities incorporating some of the science behind the practice. The tutors will provide delegates with information and advice on how to develop components of sessions, for example - simple strategies to incorporate fitness and injury screening. Ultimately, delegates will leave this workshop with clear ideas the key characteristics of what makes a good session great!

Coaching Athletes with a Disability; Developing Confidence to be Inclusive - Colin Allen
This practical workshop will apply the principles of an athlete centred approach to coaching to explore how to make coaching sessions more inclusive.
The session will commence with a short discussion around the inclusion spectrum before taking an applied approach to how coaches can adapt their coaching practice, including how different styles and types of communication can maximise learning and help athletes to reach their true potential.
By the end of the workshop coaches should be able to recognise how and when to modify their session, catering for the needs of all their athletes, as well as identifying how  they can support disabled participants with physical, sensory and intellectual impairments across Run, Jump and Throw.

The Importance of Planning; A shared experience – a real look at all the essential components and not just the theory - Graham Ravenscroft and Les Grant
This workshop will look at how, as a group of coaches, we can share our experiences and expertise to consider exactly how we set our performance goals and develop a method that will truly work towards achieving them.  The coaches will get to share their thoughts on, exactly what are all of the under-pinning basic fundamental principles, the required coaching tools and the components that need to be considered when producing an effective action plan to develop the performances of their athletes.

Nutrition to Optimise Performance - Mhairi Keil
During this workshop, Mhairi will focus on some fundamental nutritional practices and nutrient timings to support training intensity and adaptations, whilst promoting recovery.  This will combine both the theory and practical tips for coaches and athletes. In order to optimise performance, athletes must optimise their health, therefore this workshop will also address nutritional elements to support the immune system.

Physical Preparation: Role of the trunk - Dave Rowland
Delegates will learn about how appropriate trunk conditioning improves posture and helps to maintain proper length-tension relationships, essential for all athletic movements and multi directional force development.

Afternoon workshop details

Jumps: Long Term development of jumpers, a skill based approach - Graham Ravenscroft (Jumps and HJ), Ellie Spain (PV), John Crotty (LJ/TJ)
This workshop will explore why effective technique both general and event specific is key to the long term development and success of all jumpers. It will take an in death look at the practical skills that coaches should be looking to help young athletes develop at different stages of their development. Coaches will attend a generic jumps session, followed by their selection of:

  • High Jump
    The ability to demonstrate good posture and sound running mechanics with control and the ability to execute an effective take off are essential key components necessary for the development of the high jumper
  • Pole Vault
    Using a practical setting, we will explore progressive practices that can be used to teach and progress correct movement and jumping technique in and around the pole vault take off.
  • Long/Triple Jump
    The session will focus on the specific practices of the key components (run up, take off, flight and landing) for long and triple jump. The workshop leader will look at running technique and the pattern of the first 8 strides, identify the correct position to be in prior and during take off and will look at the precursor for all flight technique in long jump and each flight phase of the triple jump.

Throws: “Dealing with High Numbers of Athletes – a system for the benefit of all” - Caroline Price
One of the challenge club coaches face on a weekly basis is not only teaching and coaching new, young athletes as they come into their athletics club, but also integrating those athletes into their existing training groups, which may already be heavy in numbers.  The presentation will seek to address some of the key issues around this, moreover will look at how the coach can facilitate a mentoring system within a training group, so that some of the more experienced, senior athletes within this environment can help to facilitate the continued progression of all athletes within the group as well as provide early coaching experiences for those athletes and allow them to continue to develop as athletes in their own right.  The presentation will also look at some of the challenges of coaching a large group of throwers where there is only one run up/ circle which throwers can throw from, and how this may be addressed.

Speed: Running Fast and Efficient - Stan Madiri
This workshop will look at the most recent development on running mechanics. It will establish the key principles for running fast essentially for max velocity mechanics but some consideration to the acceleration phase of running will be considered too. It will cover sprint drills and make them relevant to quick running. The practical will look at the more common issues athletes have and will offer coaching cues to fix them.

Endurance - Coaching a young athlete within a group; a case study on developing individual performance - Dave Turnbull and Steve Vernon
The workshop will use a case study approach to consider the development of endurance in young athletes and the challenges of taking a talented young athlete through the teens to try to aspire to being successful at the senior level. The presentation will also cover the importance of the training group, particularly to the teenage athlete and how the group can collectively benefit in raised performance.

LiRF-CiRF: Developing your leadership craft - Steve Nolan and Emma Slater Clayton
This theory based session will explore the step change from Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) to Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF). The tutors will guide delegates through some of the fundamental differences from Leader to Coach level in running. Delegates will be supported through gaining a deeper understanding of the science behind developing runners in a group setting as well as an insight into what the expectations are of a Leader making the next step up to Coach. As an experience LiRF Leader, this workshop is ideal for those looking to build on their existing knowledge and develop sessions from good to great!

Physical Preparation: Role of the trunk - Dave Rowland
Delegates will learn about how appropriate trunk conditioning improves posture and helps to maintain proper length-tension relationships, essential for all athletic movements and multi directional force development.

Programme still subject to change.  Click here to download a PDF of the programme booklet