Track Nights

The applications window for our Track Nights programme is currently open until Sunday 17 July 2022.

About the Track Nights programme

Track Nights is a programme funded by England Athletics to support the development of running, jumping and throwing activity across England Athletics affiliated clubs.  The programme matches up experienced coaches with clubs who have requested support in a particular event or event group.  The experienced visiting coach attends 3 sessions at the club to work with the club’s coaches and athletes.

The sessions may include further understanding of technical development models, training methods, physical preparation or diagnostics.  Through these Track Nights visits our aim is to support the development of the coaches’ knowledge and skills, as well as increase their confidence and potential to access further education and opportunities.

This will ultimately support members within your club to receive a high quality experience throughout their athletic career.

Is the programme right for your club?

As the sessions are event group or event specific focussed, we would expect participating athletes to be at this stage of development.

England Athletics recognises that for many clubs their ‘weaker’ events are often those where they are lacking the coaches to deliver in this area.  The Track Nights programme aims to give coaches the confidence and skills to work effectively in the given event once the Track Nights sessions are over.  We are happy to support Coach Assistants as part of the Track Nights programme and have seen the benefit this has given, creating confidence to progress to full Coach level.  It is important however to consider how the club will continue to provide the opportunities to athletes once the Track Nights sessions are completed and ensure there is adequate qualified support both for the coaches and athletes.  Ideally participating clubs will have more than one coach engaged in the sessions.

What will the sessions involve?

  • Three visits over a 9-12 week period, each lasting around two hours
  • Delivered by an experienced and licensed visiting coach

These could include:

  • Event specific warm up and cool downs
  • Physical preparation and fitness components
  • Technical and tactical event specific content
  • A focus on helping coaches and athletes work towards specific and appropriate training and competition goals
  • The opportunity for informal discussion around key topics relevant to the event group/ event
  • Progressive sessions, with guidance and support to coaches on session planning between the visits
  • Linking participating coaches with their Regional Coaching Lead for ongoing support

We would prioritise an application that…

  • Clearly demonstrates the impact these sessions will have on the development of your Coaches and ultimately the experience they can then offer your members moving forward.

Other considerations

  • Clubs should ensure that the participating club Coaches, who will work with the visiting coach, are in attendance for all three visits.
  • Clubs and the clubcoaches are responsible for ensuring there is a group of committed athletes who will be in attendance for the three sessions.
  • Dates and times of visits to be arranged between the club and the allocated coach deliverer, but should take place within a 12 week period.
  • Participating clubs should demonstrate they meet the basic equipment and safe facility requirements for the sessions to take place.
  • Smaller clubs with low numbers of coaches and athletes are welcome to consider submitting a joint application with one other club. However, all three sessions will need to take place at a single venue.

How to apply

Download the application form (see below) and send your completed form to clubsupport@englandathletics.org (by the deadline of midnight 17 July 2022).

If you have any questions about the application process or to help determine if the programme is right for your club, please contact us using the email address listed above.