Clubs - South West

Clubs - South West

This page is for your point of contact with the elected Regional Council system covering club matters. It is set up to allow you to know who is responsible for this subject area (which we call a Portfolio) in the South West. We intend to increase the content of the page once the system is fully up and running with content like news items relevant to the portfolio either in the region or more widely and details of the matters you seem most concerned with from your feedback. The regional councillor heading up clubs in the South West is profiled below.

Getting in touch

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Sonya Ellis

I started in athletics aged 7 as an athlete and then qualified as a coach aged 17. I was Devon County team manger also aged 16 and continue to be county women’s team manager. I continued to compete and actively coach and then also took on role as South West Womens team manager a few years later ( and have continued in this role for past 25 years). I stopped training 20 years ago and focussed more on coaching and progressed through to Level 3 middle distance, children in athletics and then Level 4 combined events coach.

I went from coaching in a couple of clubs, including my club for 30 years, and moved on to currently coaching weekly for South West Athletics Club as head coach, Exeter University AC head coach and Taunton AC as sprints and mentor coach. I coach every day of the week and coach 4-5 sessions a day and work with various groups from the age of 5 to 50+. I have a thriving disability group and two performance groups and two minis groups age 5-7. I mentor a number of coaches including taking on and paying one or two apprentice coaches a year and also mentor volunteer coaches in three different clubs I am involved with. I also visit clubs and schools and other organisation to support their students/athletes and coaches to raise standards in athletics and promote what a great sport athletics is.

I worked for England athletics for 13 years as regional co-ordinator, regional manager and CCSO before moving on to develop the sport outside of the NGB through an organisation I set up to promote athletics called South West Athletics Academy.

I joined the council to be more involved again with more strategic and developing areas I strongly believe in and hope to continue to do this through communication, listening to poles views and positive working with a range of people in the south west area and beyond.