Category Archives: Track & Field

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.

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