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Year of the Coach

16 November 2010

England Athletics’ National Coaching Conferences, delivered in partnership with UKA and Welsh Athletics, will be held at three different venues on three different dates to enable coaches across the country interact with world renowned speakers, join in workshops and network with fellow coaches.

A full range of sessions are available for coaches working across all event groups, age groups and ability.

The dates are:

Click on the venue to book online.

Speakers include:

  • Loren Seagrave:  technical advisor to the IAAF on ‘speed’ and one of the most sought after speakers in the world on the topic; currently coach to Angelo Taylor and Dwight Phillips .

  • Dr Jitka Vinduskova: a world leading authority on multi-events training and youth development in athletics from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

  • Malcolm Arnold: UKA’s National Event Coach for Hurdles; coach to European and Commonwealth 400mH champion David Greene and European Championships silver medallist Rhys Williams; has coached numerous athletes to Olympic, World and European titles over a 43-year period including former 110mH World Record holder Colin Jackson

  • Dan Pfaff: coach to European Championships silver medallist Christian Malcolm, is UKA’s National Performance Centre Director at Lee Valley in London and has coached over 70 athletes - including former 100m World Record holder Bailey - to Olympic Games and World Championships. 

  • Kevin Tyler: UKA Strategic Head of Coaching and Development and coach to numerous Olympians and World Indoor champion Tyler Christopher

  • Mike Smith: coach to athletes including Iwan Thomas, Roger Black, Todd Bennett and Kris Akabusi

  • Peter Stanley: guided Jonathan Edwards to his World Record and Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles

This year’s theme is ‘Steps to Success’ and all three sessions will touch upon planning and/or weave the principles relating to planning into the content.

England Athletics Head of Coaching Richard Wheater said: "These conferences really do provide a fantastic opportunity for coaches to develop their skills and share their ideas. The sense of community at the conferences in recent years has been fantastic and as well as the presentations, the workshop format of some sessions have allowed coaches to come away with some highly practical insights.

"We are delighted that once again we can welcome some of the world’s greatest experts. It is good to see so many experts speaking on so many important subjects. We firmly believe coaching of young athletes is an important area and so are delighted to have Dr Jitka Vinduskova with us. We hope many coaches of young athletes will take the opportunity to hear her speak.

"Another great benefit of these conferences is that coaches can share their experiences with their peers and the other speakers between the formal sessions. This in itself is a great opportunity for coaches."

England Athletics is once again delivering these conferences in partnership with UKA and this year, also working with Welsh Athletics.

Attendance at the conferences costs £40 or £30 (£10 discount) if you book online.

For more information including session timetables, visit the England Athletics website.