Category Archives: Coaching

Coaching Conference Emirates Arena, Glasgow, 20/21 September 2014

scottishathletics are delighted to announce that Kelvin Giles will be the keynote at this year’s annual Coaching Conference and will deliver a number of practical sessions over the weekend of 20/21 September at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Topics covered will include developing physical competencies, and conditioning and functional movement for the developing athlete.
Kelvin Giles is a former UK National and Olympic Track & Field Coach, and has spent 30 years in Australia’s high performance sport environment. He was Head Track & Field Coach at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra and Head of the Athletic Development department at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane. He spent 6 years at the helm of the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League team as Director of Performance and also led the Australian Rugby Union’s Elite Player Development section. He is a coach to 14 Olympic and World Championship athletes over a 40-year career. He is currently CEO of Movement Dynamics UK Ltd and currently consults across a range of National Governing Bodies and Federations and is the author of the Physical Competence Assessment resources.
These sessions will attract coaches working in a club with developing athletes through to event specialist coaches.
To reserve your place please contact Mary Anderson at

Coaching Conference 20/21 September 2014 Emirates Arena, Glasgow

scottishathletics are delighted to announce that Steve Fudge will deliver a number of sessions over the weekend of 20/21 September at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow. Topics covered will include block positions, acceleration and high speed mechanics and speed development through the year.

Currently employed by UK Athletics as Institute sprint coach, Steve Fudge is one of the top coaches in the UK.

Fudge has enjoyed early success in his coaching career, guiding the previously injury-plagued James Dasaolu to the European indoor 60m silver medal and a breakthrough 100m time of 9.91 sec, which made him the second fastest British sprinter of all time after Linford Christie. Dasaolu, 26, ran sub-10 sec again in Moscow in August 2013 to reach the world final.

With expanding interests in therapy, nutrition, philosophy, and neuro-science, as well as a background in strength & conditioning and massage, Steve has been able to successfully apply his studies to the science of his sport, where Dasaolu has credited him with transforming him into a sub-10 sprinter after years of injury problems caused by over training.

These sessions will attract coaches working in a club with developing athletes through to event specialist coaches.

To reserve your place please contact Mary Anderson at

Leading Athletics Course

scottishathletics are pleased to announce that from May 1 there will be a NEW ‘Leading Athletics’ course for club helpers.

The course will take three hours and can be delivered in the club on a club night. The target audience for the course is parents who are not sure if coaching is for them, but would like to assist at the club on certain evenings, as well as junior athletes who have an interest in taking the first step into coaching.

The ‘Leading Athletics’ course is open to persons over the age of 14 years and will allow clubs to train up to 20 volunteers at the one time.

Focus of the three-hour workshop is to give volunteers the basic tools to deliver parts of sessions under direct supervision of a fully qualified coach. Task cards and a detailed athletics programme will be supplied to all candidates on-course, this will allow clubs to deploy the new volunteers immediately after the course.

Any member/parent who is interested in the workshop or wishes further information please complete the attached form or email our Club Together Officer Robert Hawkins at

Club Jumps into Action

Kilbarchan AAC are looking forward to the visit of scottishathletics Performance Manager and Coach Mentor for Jumps Darren Ritchie on Thursday 21st November 2013.

Darren appeared at the 2002 & 2006 Commonwealth Games representing Scotland in the Long Jump, finishing 4th in 2002 narrowly missing out on the bronze medal by one centimetre. He holds the current Scottish long Jump record at 8.01 meters.

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The Club are keen to develop the horizontal jumps section with coach Jason Pender soon to be taking over as the lead coach for the jumps squad.
Jason has a multi-event background as an athlete with experience in jumps and will be heavily involved with the coaching of our horizontal jumps athletes moving forward.
Over the last 12 months Jason has been involved in coaching sessions with Olympic Triple Jump Champion Champion Christian Taylor and UKA National Coach Mentor Femi Akinsanya, as well as being scheduled to attend upcoming workshops in the latter part of 2013.

Darren will oversee the coaching session on the night (7pm-8:30pm) with a view to following up as a mentor to our jumps coaching team to take the development forward.

All athletes who have an interest in developing in horiazontal jumps are welcome to take part in this session. Coaches and parents are also welcome to take part.

scottishathletics recently announced their Impact 2018 Event Development Programme detailing their plans for the coaching of athletes across various track & field events including the appointment of Robert Hawkins as the Coach mentor for Endurance.

Scottish Athletics Hammer Development Group

Young Athletes Training Day
Grangemouth Stadium Sunday 24th November 2013

The second of a series training days for young hammer throwers will take place at the Grangemouth Indoor Arena on Sunday 24th November 2013.

All young hammer throwers – 18 years and younger are invited.

Coaches and those wishing to develop their knowledge of the event are very welcome.

Assemble at 09:30am for 09:45am start with a 1pm finish.

There will be a charge of £3:00 to cover the cost of the venue

Lead Technical Coach for the day will be Susan McKelvie with her own Coach

Lorraine Shaw and Andy Frost.

Bruce Robb, Scottish Institute of Sport Strength and Conditioning Coach will do a series of training sessions on the art of how to lift properly.

Any queries or a young athlete new to the event that wishes further information pleases contact Jim Green by email or phone 01505814409.

The dates for the remaining Training Days are as follows 15th December 2013,

19th January 2014, 16th February 2014 and 16th March 2014.

Jim Green
Scottish athletics
Hammer Development Group