Calderdale Athletics Network

Calderdale Athletics Network

Network Name Calderdale Athletics Network
Start Date June 2009
Athletics clubs and Running Clubs in Network
  • Calder Valley Fell Runners
  • Halifax Harriers
  • Stainland Lions
  • Todmorden Harriers
Other Partners  
Network Chair/ Contact Chair - Graeme Woodward: graemewoodward@hotmail.com 
CCSO - Nick Settle nsettle@englandathletics.org
Year 1

Coach development has been a success, through formal  courses, conferences, hosting representative squads, workshops and inter club mentoring. More coaches are now operating both within and between clubs through shared sessions.

Regular shared  sessions now operate across the area which attract talented athletes to form the basis of a developing squad system. Talent development has also taken great strides with more clubs taking a more holistic view of athlete development and more athletes taking advantage of expertise and opportunities within the Network.

Contact with schools and students has increased beyond the targets set in the Y1 plan. Plans are developing to deliver the Midnight League and Leadership Academy initiatives but with implementation dates  later due to the delivery partnerships with Calderdale MBC and The Sport College Partnerships. Athletes from outside the Network are increasingly attending sessions, attracted by the expertise and facilities available.

Individual coaches have been supported by one to one mentoring and by financing attendance at specific courses , these are delivering Network workshops as payment in kind. The Network has hosted squad sessions where local coaches and athletes observed and took part, these have been very well received.

Discussion is proceeding between the Calderdale, Bradford and Calderdale networks through the West Yorkshire Management Group about how the Calderdale Network can deliver these activities in Y2 with a regional focus

Year 2 Aims

The impact of Y2 funding will be to :

  • Make coach development more specific to individual clubs whilst still retaining generic provision.
  • Build capacity and clubs ability to retain and develop athletes.
  • Expand the range of coach development activities and partners involved in delivery.
  • Enhance talent development by expanding the range of provision and widening access.
  • Promote event specific development.
  • Increase the range of mass participation activities delivered as income generation models.
  • Allow the Network to contribute to providing services for the region.
  • Involve clubs and a greater range of individuals in delivering Network services.
  • Involve HE in the delivery of sport science to local clubs and athletes.
  • Promote Sportshall, QuadKids, 3-2-1, 365, Run in England.