Northamptonshire Network supporting coaches and athletes
Northamptonshire McCain Athletics Network have had a busy time over the last 3 months.
The network have been holding coach development days once per month at Loughborough's High Performance centre. These have been a great success and feedback from coaches and athletes alike has been very positive. Northampton MAN have also staged masterclasses such as pole vault which has resulted in more athletes than before trying out this event in the county.
Another of their projects was to assist the Northants schools stage the Anglian trophy inter counties xc which was held in the fields around Rockingham Triangle stadium at Corby. The event attracted over 1200 athletes, teachers and supporters from 5 counties and apart from strong winds swirling around the course the day was a great success.
Some clubs in the county are aiming to build partnerships to give disabled athletes a pathway onto athletics. Kettering Town Harriers helped to deliver the England Athletics run intitiave "Playground to Podium" which is designed to identify and nurture disabled young people and disabled adults with the potential to be elite athletes. It comes following a consultation with landscape partners Youth Sport Trust, Paralympics GB, UK Sport and a review of existing programmes and initiatives.
Club coach Matthew Peleszok helped Wellingborough and East Northants School Sports Partnership in their delivery of the selection day. Playground to Podium offers a framework to enhance existing player pathways and provide increased opportunities to achieve at the top end of performance.
The scheme identifies at least 15 young disabled people a year per school sport partnership who demonstrate a high ability in generic skills. They are invited to attend the County Athlete Assessment coordinated by English Federation of Disability Sport and development centres which this year will be at Kettering Athletics Track on the 27th June 2011. Matthew said "It was great to see so many athletes at our athletics track taking part in the sport we all enjoy. Dispite interuptions from the general public looking to use the booked out facility, Overall 6 athletes were highlighted as potential athletes and will be invited down to the club to develop their athletics."
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