Coaching - East

Coaching - East

This page is for your point of contact with the elected Regional Council system covering Coaching matters. It is set up to allow you to know who is responsible for this subject area (which we call a Portfolio) in the East. 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 the coaching portfolio in the East is profiled below.

Getting in touch

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Mick Shortland

Mick is a former teacher of physical education and has coached in schools, further education and, more recently, athletics clubs.  Like so many other coaches; Mick began coaching at Stevenage and North Herts AC when is daughter joined the club as an athlete.  Capable of turning his hand to coaching a range of events Mick’s main strength is in coaching hammer throwers and is proud to say that his squad ranges from u15 to veteran age groups.

Always on the lookout for ways to develop his coaching expertise Mick was a member of the initial first Local Coach Development cohort.  This led to him joining the National Coach Development programme and to him becoming a Coach Education tutor.  He now delivers a range of coaching courses and event group specialist days.

With a strong background in coaching it is not surprising that Mick holds the Coaching Portfolio on both the East Region Council and the National Council.

Phil Sergeant

East Council Phil Sargeant

Phil enjoyed all sports at school and was a keen cross country runner, later joining the road running boom of the 1980s. He, like many volunteers in Athletics, was brought into volunteering when his children started at a club.  As a level 3 coach in Long Jump and High Jump Phil coaches a number of National Standard Combined Events athletes with his wife Sylvia at Chelmsford AC.

As well as coaching, Phil is a qualified starter/marksman and Field Judge. In recent history he has been Secretary of Chelmsford Athletics Club during the phase to the building of the new outdoor and indoor facility there, and Essex County Secretary for four years. He is currently a Committee member of Essex County AA, Chelmsford AC, and the Essex Athletics Network.

On the coaching side he has been a member of the Local Coach Development Programme for 4 years, and is a member of the National Coach Development Programme for Long Jump. He has 14 years of experience of assisting schools with athletics development and club/schools associations. He has over 20 years' experience in athletics, and is keen to assist athletics clubs and coaches in the East as best he can. He was awarded England Athletics National Development Coach of the Year for 2010.