Herts County Athletics Network gave sixty four 11-13 year olds from two of their county's secondary schools the opportunity to attend a coaching development day at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. This gave the youngsters the opportunity to experience coaching in up to three different events.
The Hertfordshire County Athletics Network Year 3 Athletics Leaders Academy came to a close with the Awards night on the 20th October. Twenty five committed club or school athletes completed the Academy which ran over a 15 month period.
LCDP coaches from Essex and Herts had the opportunity to choose to attend Endurance planning and delivering training programmes, physical preparation for endurance runners and how to mentally prepare an athlete to overcome an injury.
Hertford and Ware Combine Athletics Club were recently presented with their Accredited Clubmark Status certificate by Karen Stephanou (Club and Coach Support Officer for Essex and Herts). Karen commented, "It's been a pleasure to award HAWCS with their certificate. The Club have only been affiliated since last year and have already completed clubmark and 70 members and increasing."
Following the announcement of the England Athletics Community volunteer award winners for the East region, presentations were made to 3 of the regional award winners on Saturday 19th October at the first Norfolk Sportshall athletics event of the winter.
England Athletics East Region is pleased to announce its volunteer award winners for 2014. The awards encompass the whole sport of Athletics and this year's winners have been chosen from the nominations received from a wide range of volunteers and clubs.
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.
118 coaches from the South and London areas attended the South Coaching Conference - with Rasmus Ankerson starting the conference with an inspirational speech. Throughout the day workshops were taking place focussing on event specific, physical preparation and mental preparation to help enhance coaches' technical knowledge and understanding of supporting areas.
As the 2013/2014 Athletic Leaders Academy bowed out at the end of their year, they signed off in great style: the Leaders held a Minithon for 45 young athletes - what had started out as a vague idea during one of their workshops came to fruition as the Leaders prepared te equipment, registered athletes, welcomed everyone, announced and guided athletes to the events, posted results, calculated scoring tables and ran a stall selling Herts Athletic Network merchandise.
If you are a Coaching Assistant, Athletics Coach or Coaching in Running Fitness coach why not book onto the South Coaching Conference? With bookings set to close on Friday 19 September for the South Coaching Conference, coaches are urged to secure their places.