Bicester Athletics Club hosted an 'end of summer season fun competition' at the club and used it as an opportunity to deliver a volunteer recruitment session to try and engage more parents within the club. The club used the free Team Personal Best resources available to order online or download from our website at www.englandathletics.org/TPB.
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.
Volunteers are brilliant. It's as simple as that, and we will take as many opportunities as possible to celebrate this. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of annual volunteer awards, our opportunity to celebrate the great things they do. We have passed the halfway stage of the awards nomination period; this year looks set to be bigger and better than ever before!
The next round of applications for Club Run is now open.The aim of the Club Run programme is to support road running clubs and their membership in achieving their desired goals. That could be anything from helping runners prepare for a marathon, improve their 10k PBs or age bests or shape a team for a road relay event or team championship competition. Clubs applying to Club Run will be able to decide what their focus is and discuss goals with their designated coach.
England Athletics, UKA and the other home country governing bodies are alert to our responsibilities to all participants in athletics in respect of all aspects of health and safety. One particular area that young athletes and their parents must be aware of is the risk of cardiac problems, andconditions that can potentially cause Sudden Cardiac Death.
England Athletics' National Endurance Conference is to be held in October with speakers including the Bownlees' coach Malcolm Brown and Barry Fudge (Head of Endurance at British Athletics). You can be part of the weekend which takes the theme "How to Win - the development of power and speed for endurance" and has a mix of workshop, practical, discussion and networking sessions.
Macclesfield Harriers AC is holding an open "Have A Go" throw event on the evening of 30th August at Macclesfield Leisure Centre. This free two-hour event will give men and women a chance to try any of the four throwing events (shot put, discus, javelin and hammer). The evening will have a fun and social feel to it, as there will also be live music, food and drink available.
The BMC Endurance Coaches National Symposium is for all coaches, whether or not members of the BMC. The event will take place on 13th August in Stratford near the London Stadum and includes workshops from speakers Nic Bideau, David Lowes, and Dr Jon Rogers and an interview with Jess Judd and Coach.