The Flying Coach Programme is delivered across England to benefit clubs, coaches and athletes of a variety of abilities, across all disciplines. Under the scheme, top coaches visit local clubs to work directly with club coaches, the emphasis is on helping the coach's expertise in a particular technical event in a practical coaching environment. This means that, rather than simply benefitting from the presence of the 'Flying Coach' when that coach is present, the group are able to enjoy an on going benefit through the group coach having a stronger set of skills for coaching the group week-by-week.
Flying Coach visits typically take place over a number of weeks to ensure that coaches maximise the development opportunities from them. Where appropriate, clubs are encouraged to work together to host the sessions.
Who are the Flying Coaches?
A range of coaches have been identified on the basis of their experience and expertise in technical events. The Flying Coach Programme has seen the likes of former Chicago Marathon winner Paul Evans and World Champion coach John Anderson visiting clubs. Coaches interested in becoming ‘Flying Coaches’ should contact their area Club and Coach Support Officer to register interest (To find your local Club & Coach Support Officer click here.)..
Requesting a Flying Coach Programme Visit
To request a Flying Coach Programme visit to your club/Athletics Network then please complete and return the Flying Coach Visit Request Form (available to download on the right of this page) to your local England Athletics Club & Coach Support Officer (CCSO). Your Club & Coach Support Officer will then assess your application and if successful will allocate a coach to deliver the session to your coaches. Please read the FAQ document before completing your application to see what the selection criteria the Club & Coach Support Officers apply to requests. To find your local CCSO click here.
What might a Flying Coach visit involve?
While it is expected that the focus of the majority of Flying Coach visits will be the technical development of coaches, clubs are encouraged to address other areas of coach development using the Flying Coach scheme, such as:
- Strength & Conditioning
- Fundamental Movement Skills
- Planning and Periodisation
- Communication Skills
Flying Coach Programme (Disability)
Wheelchair Racing: An introduction to basic push technique, chair set up and training programmes.
Seated throws: Advice and guidance on seated throws, including throwing frames, tie downs and fixings.
Coaching blind or visually impaired athletes: Advice and guidance on supporting blind or visually impaired athletes, to include guide running and competition pathways.
Coaching deaf or hearing impaired athletes: Advice and guidance on coaching deaf and hearing impaired athletes. To include information on effective communication, technology, Deaf UK Athletics and competition pathways.
Coaching athletes with a learning disability: Advice and guidance on coaching athletes with a learning disability. To include information on Mencap, Special Olympics and competition pathways.
Other impairment specific visits: Advice and guidance on coaching athletes with a specific impairment (Cerebral Palsy, amputees etc). To include information on National Disability Sports Organisations and competition pathways.
Click here to go to our Disability Athletics section Click here to download a flyer
Case Study – Notts AC
Flying Coach visits were used to help develop a new structure for sprints coaching within the club. Visiting coaches worked alongside club coaches to identify current strengths and weaknesses, gaps in provision, and current areas of expertise within the club. Alongside this, technical skills were addressed, including the development of fundamental movement skills. A six week programme was delivered to coaches at the club. This explored traditional movement drills, coaching language (do coaches really mean what they say?), new drills, performance analysis (how it can be used?) and analysis of athletes’ movement ability. Coaches attended from speed, jumps, and endurance events. Each coach was invited to bring along two of their own athletes to help with the sessions.
Have you got more questions?
If you would like to know more about the Flying Coach scheme you can download the Flying Coach Frequently Asked Questions document on the right hand side.