England Athletics sends Season's Greetings to everyone we have worked with in 2017.
On the 4th April 2018 the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games will be getting underway on Australia's Gold Coast. In October, Team England announced which athletes had been selected to take the 75 allocated places on the athletics squad, and those athletes will now be preparing for what is considered the competition pinnacle for England representative teams. We will be catching up with various members of the squad as they set their sights on next year's event in Queensland.
England Athletics' Club Run programme is a free initiative specifically aimed at supporting road running clubs. Participating clubs receive a free series of practical coaching sessions led by coaches linked to the England Athletics coach development programmes with experience in off track running. 2018 appllciations are now open.
England Athletics are launching a series of Road Shows for the club road running community. The Road Shows are open to club officers, coaches, leaders, Race Directors and club members and offer an opportunity to find out more about some of the new and existing initiatives that aim to support road running clubs, as well as an opportunity for you to share your ideas with us.
Bron Carter is a typical coach in many ways: dedicated, selfless and modest, she works tirelessly to deliver the best she can to the group of athletes she works with. She was this year's winner of the England Athletics National Coach of the Year award, and this is how she got there.
35 coaches attended the National Hurdles Conference at Aston University recently. The theme of the conference was 'Developing Optimal Mindset and Technique of a Hurdler.' Speakers included Mikkel Larsen, coach to Olympic medallist Sara Peterson, Istvan Tomhauser the Hungarian National Hurdles Coach, UK Hurdles coach Nick Dakin, Olympian Rhys Williams, and England Athletics Coach and Athlete Development Manager James Hillier.
This autumn and winter England Athletics has launched a new series of event specific workshops which see coaches and their athletics coming together for training and development opportunities. These events have been well received by the coaches and athletes with more events planned for early 2018 that you can now book on to.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December saw a very special guest visit Loughborough University for a set of Javelin Masterclass Events. Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medallist flew over especially for the event and was able to showcase not only his phenomenal athletic skills, but also his ability to inspire a group of javelin throwers and coaches.
Places for our endurance Masterclasses with Malcolm Brown have sold very quickly. The last few places are available (at time of publication). Please book now to avoid disappointment.Malcolm has been coach to many international athletes as well as Olympic triathlon medalists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. Numbers are very limited to allow time for coaches to interact and get the most out off the session with Malcolm. Each session is also followed by one of our Marathon Evening sessions with Nick Anderson and other experts.
Following high demand for December's webinar on this subject the Female Coaching Networkwill be delivering a second webinar on Wednesday 10 January 2017. This webinar aims to help sports professionals and volunteers, specifically coaches, working with athletes of all ages and abilities to detect possible eating problems at an early stage as well as looking at subjects such as how coaches can contribute to reducing the eating disorder risk and how coaches can support athletes who are currently experiencing eating problems.