Speed Coach Development (Sprints, Hurdles and Relays)

Speed Coach Development (Sprints, Hurdles and Relays)

A range of opportunities are available for speed event coaches throughout the year.

These include:

To view the upcoming workshops and events for speed please click here.

National Speed Conference

The National Speed Conference will take place on 1 - 2 December 2018 (with delegates gathering for an evening meal on Friday 30 November).  It will take place at the IBIS Hotel, 313 Hagley Road, Birmingham, B16 9LQ with practical sessions taking place at the Alexander Stadium.

National Coach and Athlete Training days

There will be 2 National Coach and Athlete Training Days.  These will take place in Birmingham on 21st October 2018 and Lee Valley on 6th April 2019. 

These activities will be targeted at coaches with an Athletics Coach qualification or equivalent (Level 2 to 4) who have established groups and are looking to challenge their coaching process. Most sessions will involve practical activity using athletes to demonstrate key coaching points.  We will aim to use high quality deliverers with years of experience in athletics and other sports/services and will cascade down information from the British Athletics Futures and Performance programmes.  The national activities will be organised by the Coach and Athlete Development Managers and leading coaches. The practical activity is with athletes to contextualize learning and development.  Clearly mapped content will be detailed in the promotion of the events.

For further information please contact Coach and Athlete Development Manager for Speed - James Hillier jhillier@englandathletics.org

Regional Coach Leads


  • Graham Pilkington – gpilkington@englandathletics.org
    Graham is a Level 4 Performance Speed Coach based at Litherland Sports Park, Merseyside and has over 21 years experience as a coach. As well as coaching his own Squad he undertakes a variety of roles for British and England Athletics. These include International Coach and Team Management, AASE Programme Athlete Mentoring and the Delivery of Movement Skill and Event Integration Days for England Athletics.


  • Andy Paul – apaul@englandathletics.org
    Andy is a highly competent and experienced sports coach, consultant, educator, presenter and events manager, with a strong record of planning and managing successful national programmes from initiation right through to completion.  Having graduated from Birmingham’s Newman College with B.ed (Hons) in Primary Education and PE, Andy has spent his career in the field of sport and athletics, working with educators, businesses, governing bodies, and voluntary sector partners. He has worked with some of the biggest names in sports, including UK Athletics.

South West:

  • Hurdles - James Hillier
    James is one of the top sprints and hurdles coaches in the country.  In 8 years as a coach he has personally coached Over 20 National Champions, over 30 National Medallists and a British Record Holder.  James has also coached 15 athletes to their FIRST international vest (6 for GB, 8 for England and 1 for Ireland) across 6 different events.  He is skilled at working with elite athletes and developing athletes and prides himself on strong motivational skills and technical competence.
  • Sprints – Harry King
    A former GB International sprinter and British record holder Harry has been coaching at performance level for over 15years; with experience gleaned also from a period coaching in professional football.  He has worked full time for UK Athletics as a Performance Coach and headed up the National Relay Programme both coaching and as Relays Manager.  Currently Harry is a Senior Performance Coach at Brunel University, Team Coach for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and newly appointed National Coach Lead for Speed and Relays.


South East

  • Hurdles – Tony Jarrett – tjarrett@englandathletics.org
    Tony is a former Silver Medallist in the 110 metres hurdles at the World Championships in 1993 and 1995; the European Championships in 1990; and Gold Medallist from the 1998 Commonwealth Games.  He is now a top class sprints and hurdles coach based in London.  Tony has coached athletes from English Schools Champions to full GB international level.
  • Sprints – Mike Leonard
    Mike is an experienced coach and coaches athletes across a wide range of ages and abilities from club to international. He is a UK Athletics Tutor and from 2013 to 2017 was a National Coach Mentor fro Speed within the NCDP. He is passionate about athletics and enjoys sharing his coaching philosophy and ideas with other coaches.

Targeted Events


These are event specific activity delivered by UK and world leading practitioners. Details are published in our events page as events are announced

Regional Coach and Athlete workshops

England Athletics will be hosting regional coach and athlete workshops covering the speed events.

The sessions will be delivered by our England Athletics Regional Coach Lead with support from national-level coaches in the regions. Athletes can also attend but coaches must let us know which athletes they will be bringing so we can deliver a valuable learning experience to all coaches and athletes.

Days will cover functional movement screening and a discussion of interventions to improve any movement issues that may inhibit performance and progressions. Some of this will be incorporated into a general and specific warm-up. This will be followed by a technical session that will include specific help and advice from the Regional Coach lead and the National Coaches.

Price: The fee to attend is £20
Who can attend: These workshops are targeted at Coaching Assistant and Athletics Coach plus equivalent (Level 1, 2 and 3)
Who will deliver: The session will be delivered by the England Athletics Regional Coach Leads with support from national level coaches in the regions.

19 August 2018

14 October 2018

11 November 2018

  • Lee Valley Indoor Track
  • Loughborough TBC
  • Bath Outdoor Track
  • Sheffield Hallam University Stadium (outdoors) TBC

3 March 2018

  • Stevenage
  • Birmingham Alexander Stadium TBC
  • Millfield School Outdoor Track
  • Edge Hill Uni (Lancashire) TBC