The first of the 2014/15 autumn/winter programme for the South West Local Coach Development Programme got underway in Taunton last weekend. Approximately 40 coaches bringing with them around 20 athletes from across the South West attended the day which was held at the Somerset College of Arts Technology.
The first of this year's two main autumn/winter coach development days aims to offer something for coaches from all event disciplines. The event takes place at Somerset College of Arts Technology and at Castle Athletics Track, Taunton on Sunday 26th October.
A free Performance Marathon Workshop aimed at both Marathon Coaches and Marathon Athletes who have an eye on performance will take place at North Devon Athletics Club Sunday 2nd November. The ideal outcome is the creation of a SW performance driven marathon network. This will be a totally practical and interactive introduction day.
Officials in the South of England are being treated this year to a second conference. Following a vote at the February event, it was decided that November was a better time for the conference and AGM. As usual the event will take place in Twickenham and some interesting and innovative workshops have been announced. New officials are welcome, with some workshops especially designed for them.
Following a number of successful workplace running groups in the city, Run! City - Bristol are this week launching their new workplace running programme.
On Sunday 28th September Birmingham HIPAC will be hosting the 2014 Midlands and South West Annual Coaching Conference. This year there is a fantastic selection of workshops available to all coaches and leaders who want to develop their skills and knowledge within the sport. The conference has also managed to secure two fantastic key note speakers that are sure to be a strong pull for all coaches and leaders.
The England Athletics SW Championships and Inter Counties 2014 was held on 17th August at the newly refurbished Exeter Arena. This flagship athletics competition featured athletes from seven south west counties of Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as guest athletes from the Channel Islands and Wales.
Booking is now available for each of the three England Athletics National Coaching Conferences and an early booking discount is currently available.
The South West Endurance team's coach development weekend on Saturday 13th September and Sunday 14th September still has some places remaining. The theme for this event is the 'Creation of a Robust Athlete' and as such may be of interest to coaches working across all event groups as well as endurance. Book now!
There will be three Club Forums held over the next few months in the South West region. England Athletics will be hosting the evenings for club members to find out more about the England Athletics Whole Sport Plan and where clubs or Run England groups fit into this. The local Athletics Networks will present on the Networks' plans and successes and there will be County-specific presentations.