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National Coach Development Programme Details

National Coach Development Programme – resources and events

The presentations and resources from the National Coach Development weekend in September are now available on the scottishathletics website – click the link above.

We are pleased to announce the next series of Event Coach Development days, as follows:

Throws: 7 December (9am-4pm) Grangemouth
Led by Malcolm Fenton

Sprints: 8 December (9am-4pm) Grangemouth
Led by Tony Hadley

Endurance: 8 December (time tbc) Stirling University
Led by Mark Pollard

Horizontal Jumps: 15 December (9am-4pm) Pitreavie
Led by Femi Akinsanya

High Jump: 15 December (9am-4pm) Pitreavie
Led by Graham Ravenscroft

Pole Vault: 15 December (10am-4pm) Pitreavie
Led by Alan Richardson

Sessions will include practical and classroom workshops, covering technical development, seasonal conditioning and event-specific planning.
At the end of the day, the aim is for the attending coaches to have specific action outcomes based on the technical and conditioning sessions covered, as they work towards the next coach development day in March 2014.

To book, or for more information, email

Event Specific Coaching Days

scottishathletics has four more important Coach Education sessions lined up for December.

These dates are key learning steps for those involved in the four areas of Throws, Sprints/Hurdles, Endurance and
Jumps following the international gathering IFAC 2013.

Now our Director of Coaching, Stephen Maguire, has urged Scottish coaches to embrace the next stage of the
programme and interested coaches can email Mary Anderson on

So the weekend of December 7 and 8 and Sunday 15 December should already be ringed on the calendar as Event Specific Coach Education sessions take place across the disciplines at the various venues.

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday 7 Dec: Throws – Grangemouth
Sunday 8 Dec: Sprints/Hurdles – Grangemouth
Sunday 8 Dec: Endurance – Stirling University
Sunday 15 Dec: Jumps – Pitreavie

‘Our dates in December are important,’ said Stephen Maguire.

‘We are getting into the nitty-gritty of events that weekend, looking at technical issues and the conditioning and planning aspects. We’re looking to move it on a bit from the sessions we had in September.

‘The messages are the same but it is about applying them. I feel people are getting to know each other better.
I’d ask coaches to come along and talk to the presenters. We’re trying to have continuity of presenters so it is not stand alone.

‘I will never be happy with the turnout. If we had 70 or 80 percent of all our coaches coming along that would be absolutely amazing – but I would still be disappointed.

‘My message to people is we are not putting this on, or organising education sessions, for the sake of the egos
at scottishathletics. Everything we are trying to set-up and arrange is for the benefit of our coaches and our clubs.

‘We are not going to get everything right. But we are striving to get it right. We want to try and make sure we are making the proper decisions and we appreciate the support we’ve had. ‘

The December sessions are open to all coaches. Athletes selected to be invited to attend will be contacted via
their coach.

For any more details on the programme please email Darren Ritchie on

Multi Event Workshop for U12 Athletes, Mon 14 Oct 2013

The Club has arranged for Sandy Robertson to tutor the above workshop which is open to all club coaches and parents/helpers. The workshop will be of particular interest to coaches working with the U12 age group and anyone new to coaching.

This workshop will be held indoors at Linwood ON-X Sports Centre on Monday 21st October from 7pm- 10pm. The first 2 hours will be a practical session and classroom for the last hour. The workshop will focus on the multi-event approach as well as the importance of technical and conditioning development of the young athlete. 12 of our young athletes will be on hand to demonstrate the various drills etc. To register for the above event contact Ricky Miell at . The workshop is open to athletes, Coaches and parents. Minimum age is 16

This is the first in a series of in-house coaching opportunities that Kilbarchan are organizing for season 2013-2104 if you wish any specific coaching workshops please contact Ricky Miell, Robert Hawkins or Jason Pender.