News - South East


Mara Yamauchi visits Kent to speak to endurance coaches and athletes

Over fifty coaches and endurance athletes from across Kent attended an evening with Mara Yamauchi held at Sevenoaks School on Monday 31st March. Most of the audience, tapering for a spring marathon, were keen to pick the brains of Great Britain's second fastest ever female over the marathon distance (after Paula Radcliffe).

Over 6,400 new runners in the South

England Athletics has been working with a number of partners across the South Area to encourage more people to take up running through the Run England recreational running programme. In the last year 6,488 adults have started running with a Run England beginner group, which exceeds the annual target of 6,000.

Regional Club Conference Series Continues

The first four of England Athletics' eleven 2014 Regional Club Conferences have now taken place at Doncaster, Exeter, London and Harrogate. Over the past 10 days, representatives from clubs across Yorkshire and Humberside, the South West and London took the opportunity to meet to express their views.

Young people officially launch the P&G Surrey Youth Games 2014

The launch of the PG Surrey Youth Games 2013, the largest youth sports event in Surrey, took place at the Surrey Sports Park, on Monday 31 March, where sponsors and mayors gathered to celebrate launch of 2 months of free sport for young people and look forward to the Olympics-inspired event in June.

Southampton AC Coach launches programme to improve retention of female athletes

Sara MacDonald-Gray is one of Southampton AC's leading Sprints and Hurdles coaches and a former sprinter herself. She noticed that in the U11 age group 59% of the members are female, but by the U20 age group this has dropped to 39%, with only 29% of seniors being female. Sara formed a group including athletes and parents to explore the reasons for this phenomenon and to develop a programme to improve retention.

Taster Days for Officials pay big dividends in Kent

Over 70 people attended Level 2 Officials' courses in Kent in March and proving that that taster days is a good way of encouraging more people to become officials and supporting the development of existing officials. Attendees included 10 young people who had been awarded bursaries through the Kent Athletics Network to cover the cost of the course in return for volunteering at an agreed number of events.

Regional Club Conference Series Underway

The first two of England Athletics' eleven 2014 Regional Club Conferences have now taken place at Doncaster and Exeter. On Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th March, representatives from clubs across South Yorkshire and the South West took the opportunity to meet to express their views on matters ranging from affiliation and registration, EA's future priorities, the links between participation and clubs and the competition pathway.

Free High Jump LCDP workshops: 5th April

A free High Jump LCDP event open to all qualified coaches will be held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on 5th April. Coaches are invited to bring one athlete. Sessions include: Developing the Coaching Eye, Progressing individual training components throughout the year, Practical Jumping, High Jump Specific Strength, Developing the Takeoff, Question and Answer session.

Get set for the Oxfordshire School Games

Schools from across Oxfordshire are set to descend on Abingdon for the Oxfordshire Sainsbury's School Games Spring Festival sponsored by Abingdon School. Wednesday 2nd April will see up to 1500 young athletes from all schools take part in 33 competitions in athletics, basketball, football, hockey, netball, panathlon, and swimming. The winning school for each competition will be crowned Oxfordshire Schools' champions.