In April, the South West Regional Council held the South West Road Relays in partnership with England Athletics. The Regional Council are keen to run the relays again in 2018. As part of the planning process for 2018, the Regional Council are keen to engage with clubs to find out their thoughts regarding suitable locations, cost, distance per leg, number of runners per team, age categories, incentives, etc.
To support Venue Operators and clubs to run safe, well managed Track and Field Facilities, UK Athletics have launched a brand new online E-Learning Track and Field Facility Course which is available free of charge. This course is designed for leisure / track managers, grounds staff, athletics club members and anyone with an interest in athletics facility management.
This weekend sees the England Athletics Under 17 and Under 15 combined events championships take place in Manchester. Our Under 17 and Under 15 athletes will battle for the Decathlon, Heptathlon, Octathlon and Hexathlon crowns over a weekend of action.
Athletes from Cauis House Youth Club and Belgrave Harriers inthe Battersea community have been treated to a surprise visit from some of the USA Track and Field Team, who are in London to compete in the IAAF World Championships.
Would your club or group benefit from involving more volunteers? Are you unsure where to start to get more people involved? If so putting on a session to recruit volunteers at your club, could be a great way to raise awareness of what volunteer opportunities there are available within your club or group. You can get support with FREE resourecs from Team Personal Best.
Former Commonwealth Games Champion John Herbert moved into coaching and had success with athletes including Jade Johnson and Phillips Idowu. This video is a guide to a range of low level plyometric conditioning exercises for jumps athletes, but coaches across all event groups may want to consider how their athletes could benefit from many of the low level plyometric exercises shown.
Those involved in coaching young athletes have to consider a range of aspects relating to the their athletes and their development. Our Coaching and Athlete Development Manager (Coaching Resources Youth Development), Scott Grace has identified some brief videos that can serve as useful information or reminders for coaches, and that coaches may also benefit from sharing with the parents of young athletes to help them understand how they can play a positive role in their child's involvement in athletics and running.
Having the opportunity to break down and analyse the technique of a top athlete is always valuable. Discus, and other throws coaches, may want to look at this analysis done by pre-eminent throws coach, Vesteinn Hafsteinsson of throws by former Olympic Champion, Gerd Kanter.
It's a busy time for athletics with the IAAF World Championships in full swing. Athletics weekly are keeping you updated with all the news from London 2017 and elsewhere in the world. Athletics Weekly's dedicated London 2017 section is here: www.athleticsweekly.com/category/london-2017
Peterborough Athletics Club have raised a fantastic £728 thanks to their committee members, athletes and their friends and family shopping online via easyfundraising. None of their members have had to pay a penny extra to raise vital funds towards coaching and travel. Watch their video!