3 top GB athletes show support for Cheshire and Merseyside Networks
30 coaches from across Cheshire and Merseyside had the chance to ask three of Great Britain’s top athletes about their own athletics upbringing and their experiences of coaching throughout their own career.
Christian Malcolm (2008 Olympic finalist at 200m), Katarina Thompson (World Junior Heptathlon Champion 2009) and Lisa Daley (UK Number 2 T12 200 and 400m Sprinter) showed their support for the Athletics 365 launch event on 9th February 2011 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, by engaging in a question and answer session with the volunteer coaches and then getting involved in some coaching.
Scott Grace (the creator of the 365 programme) delivered a 2 hour workshop which involved both the theory and practical aspects of the initiative giving the coaches tips and ideas as to how to implement this resources into their respective clubs. Christian, Katarina and Lisa got involved with some of the task cards and had their athletic ability tested!
Lisa who has been a competitive athlete for over 14 years said “I think this programme is fantastic, I wish I had something like this when I was a young athlete. I really think this will make a big difference in keeping children interested in the sport and also help coaches in teaching athletes the fundamentals of every event.
Vicky Huyton, organiser of the event and network coordinator for both Cheshire and Merseyside said, “I am very grateful that Christian, Katarina and Lisa came to support this event. Their stories of their own coaching experience have been very inspiring and it’s great to know that they see the 365 programme as a great idea and something that will definitely help coaches and athletes across the country.”
All coaches who attended the event received an Athletics 365 Coach pack
funded by the networks and all were entered into a prize draw to win one of 4
365 Equipment packs for their club worth £220, also funded by the networks.
The lucky winners of the prizes are:
- Crewe and Nantwich AC
- West Cheshire AC
- Liverpool Challenge AC
- Southport Waterloo AC
For more information about the Cheshire and Merseyside Athletics Networks
or Athletics 365 in these two areas, contact the network coordinator Vicky
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