At a gala night of celebration at Ramside Hall the clubs, volunteers, coaches and sports stars of grass roots sport in County Durham were recognised for their acheivements in the past year. Sedgefield Harriers won the Sports club of the Year award for Sedgefield district at Shildon Civic Hall in September and now came up against four other regional winners from other parts of County Durham.
The Northern Athletics Officials' Association AGM and Conference took place recently in Yorkshire, supported by England Athletics. Last year, 35 officials attended and this year that figure was almost doubled. Membership was well up too. Southern Officials - you can now book for 16th November SEAOA Conference.
Last Friday saw volunteers and partners from across the region come together to celebrate their service to the sport at the annual North East Volunteer Awards. The volunteers were joined by special guest Jack Crosby, who recently came 5th in the IAAF World Junior Championship, who took part in a Q+A alongside his coach and winner of the "Coach of the Year" award Rick Betts .
The evening will cover nutritional issues and strategies for training and racing, eating before and during a race, recovery, nutritional periodization for training and pills and potions. There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers.
Following on from the great success of last year's programme, we are delighted to announce details of this year's LCDP Jumps Day which will take place on 18th October. With speakers to be confirmed from mentees on the National Coach Development Programme delivering topics which will benefit coaches of all levels, this year's 1 day jumps event is not to be missed.
Last year's speed and hurdles Local Coach Development Program (LCDP) workshops were the best ever receive a feedback score of 9.3 out of 10. One coach described the development days as being "an excellent couple of days, particularly Matt's presentations on competition planning and energy systems and Keith's on curve mechanics." We hope to make this year's even better especially with the theme of this year's LCDP being #GoodToGreat.
Last year's throws Local Coach Development Programme (LCDP) workshops were the best ever with 25 coaches attending all making comments like: "Basic and easy to understand" "well structured" "very informative" "excellent" "a lot of information" "very interesting" "gave me a lot to think about". We hope to make this year's even better especially with the theme of this year's LCDP being #GoodToGreat.
As more and more people become involved in running, England Athletics acknowledge that there is a need to make sure those responsible for leading these sessions have opportunities to improve their skills and develop as their groups grow.
The North East Coach Development Days are free and open to all coaches and run leaders of any level of experience who feel they would benefit from attending. Each day consists of a discipline-specific set of workshops: throws, jumps, speed and endurance, with follow-up sessions early in 2015.
Accredited Club status recognises the safety and effectiveness of Athletics clubs and also enables access to funds unavailable to those without accreditation. Claremont Road Runners were presented with the Accredited Club status (Clubmark) certificate by Nick Ridgeon (Club and Coach Support Officer for Tyne Wear and Cumbria).