After several months of development, England Athletics are pleased to share with you the new Youth Endurance Resource, written by Dr Matt Long on behalf of England Athletics, with support from Spencer Duval (National Endurance Lead) and Scott Grace (National Technical Lead for Youth and Resource Development).
Dr Matt Long has served as both an England Team Manager and England Team Coach. He is Head of Athletics at Nottingham Trent University and also coaches at Birmingham University AC. Having tutored for England Athletics in coach education for more than a decade, he is the author of over 300 published coaching articles.
This resource is aimed at coaches, athletes, clubs, parents and others wanting to know more about how to support young endurance athletes. It has been supported by some of top coaches past and present, including England Athletics staff Spencer Duval, Martin Rush (Head of Athlete Development), the Endurance Regional Coach Leads (RCLs), Tom Craggs (Road Running Manager and Marathon Lead) and Charlotte Fisher (previously Road Running Manager). The resource also contains the work of the late great Dave Sunderland and former Youth Endurance National Coach Mentor Jenny Harris.
Scott Grace said, "During the development stages, England Athletics have had received very positive feedback from several athletes referenced within the resource, including Jenny Meadows, Jack Green, Oliver Dustin and Richard Whitehead."
You can now download the resource for free from the Athletics Hub, Coaching Resources section. In future months Matt Long will present some online webinars to take people through the resource in more detail. Details will be publicised on our website and in our eCommunications.