This week saw the first two of five England Athletics Road Running Roadshows take place in London and Peterborough. The events, designed for members of road running clubs, road running coaches and leaders, event organisers and anyone else involved with off-track running, saw members of England Athletics staff outline the various programmes and initiatives that England Athletics delivers for the off-track community.
Run Leaders, Running Coaches, Athletics Coaches and Assistant Coaches are invited to join Jo Meek and Tina Chantrey for two inspiring presentations about their experiences in their roles as a Physiotherapist and GB Mountain trail athlete, Women's Running writer and Athletics Coach.
To hold a valid UKA licence for coaching (including Coaching Assistant and Leadership in Running fitness) you must have a current DBS check. We would strongly urge all coaches to check that their DBS check is up to date and that their profile has their correct details so that a DBS reminder can be sent to you.
The second Performance Group Athlete and Coach Marathon Weekend held as part of the development programme for the event has been held. As well as training sessions in the Forest of Dean the weekend included talks from physiologist Prof Andy Jones covering his work on the Breaking2 project and with elite athletes such as Paula Radcliffe, London Marathon winner 2:09 marathoner Mike Gratton, and performance and clinical dietician Renee McGregor.
British Athletics, in partnership with the Home Country Athletics Federations, has completed a review of the Coach Qualifications Pathway. As a result, and following pilot courses run last year, an improved Athletics Coach Award is being launched.
This winter England Athletics is delivering a series of workshops available to coaches working at all levels, across all event groups. Many coaches have already attended events and you can get involved to help develop your coaching and help your athletes to get more from the sport.
Would you like to increase the number of younger people supporting you through volunteering at your club and would like some help to make that happen? Following a successful pilot stage of the Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme, applications are now open, to support more clubs and groups to involve young people in volunteering opportunities.
With the last of the Marathon Preparation Evenings and the Performance Group Athlete and Coach Marathon weekend coming up soon the new programme to develop marathon running continues to see a great response.The free Preparation Evenings have seen a wide range of athletes and coaches engaging, and physiologist Prof Andy Jones, who worked on the Breaking2 project and elite athletes including Paula Radcliffe, is among those who will be presenting to the Performance Group.
The British Athletics Supporters' Club (BASC) assists Coaches and Officials with bursaries throughout the year. BASC will award sums of up to £250 to successful applicants who wish to pursue higher standards. This might possibly, but not exclusively, involve attending a qualification course run by UK Athletics, England Athletics or similar organisations.
One of the many benefits of affiliating as a club with England Athletics is the opportunity to receive support from a Club Support Manager. Emma Davenport gives a brief overview of her role covering Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and West Yorkshire.