We caught up with two of people taking the Athletics Coach qualification to find out more about their experiences and ambitions, as well as how the course is benefitting their work in their clubs. Neil Johnstone and Julie Thurlow have different backgrounds in the sport and their clubs also have different histories, but they are both developing the coaching skills they are using week-by-week with the athletes in their clubs.
An increasing number of clubs are making use of the online payment functionality England Athletics offers through the club portal to enable easier payment of club subscription fees and /or payment of athlete registrations with England Athletics. This and other new functionality was launched last year to help enable clubs to manage their membership and administration more effectively.
Following a very successful indoor track and field Age Group championships last weekend, we are pleased to announce the England Athletics team set to take on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday at the Welsh International. This year there will be both an Under 18 team and and Under 20 team, to acknowledge this Summer's Commonwealth Youth Games age group.
We are pleased to announce the England team who will compete in the Great Ireland Run 10k on Sunday 9th April. As well as being the Athletics Ireland Men's National 10k Championships, this year will also be an England versus Ireland team competition.
Since started up 2 years ago, road running club Team Anstey have grown and developed in size. Their latest project has been to develop a satellite junior section which links into the main club and provides brand new opportunities for young people aged 12+ to experience athletics and running.
There are a few places left on the Marathon masterclass with Richard Nerurkar 4th March 2017. The masterclass will discuss marathon training and preparation and will be to a small group of coaches to allow for one to one conversations and advice from one of the country's leading Marathon Runners.
Two Spring Steeplechase workshops announced for 2017, on the 4th and 8th March with coach Bashir Hussain and Olympian Stuart Stokes.
Following the launch of England Athletics new strategic plan in late 2016 after a period of consultation with our member clubs, we now approach our next strategy period and we would therefore like to update you on our planning for our future activities.
The Event Group Coach programme is designed to provide licensed Coaches with a greater understanding and awareness of the issues involved with coaching athletes who are at the Event Group Development stage. We have a number of 'Integration Days' coming up soon which those wanting to complete this qualification can now book on to.
It was a very busy weekend with the English, Welsh and Scottish National cross country championships and England Athletics Under-20/17/15 Indoor Championships. The Tokyo Marathon was the pick of the overseas events, plus a UK junior indoor shot put record by Divine Oladipo in the USA.