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Ahmed and Backley set for UKA 5 rings conference

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Former world javelin record holder Steve Backley and leading high jump coach Fayyaz Ahmed will be among the speakers at the UK Athletics Generic Athlete Components Conferences being organised for Level 3 and Level 4 coaches at Brunel University, West Londom on Saturday 7 October and at Loughborough University on Saturday 14 October.

 

They will join Dave Collins, UKA Performance Director, and Callum Orr, UKA Head of Coaching and Teaching, in leading discussions on the 5 components or “rings” that are crucial in developing maximum performance in any event.

 

Ahmed, coach to Welsh high jump record holder Julie Crane, will appear at the Brunel conference and Backley the following week at Loughborough.

 

The conferences are considered to be of vital importance by UKA at a time when Power of 10 statistics, devised as inspirational stepping stones towards London 2012 and beyond, are beginning to reveal where the UK’s strengths and weaknesses lie.

 

The format will be identical for both of these Conferences, to which all Level 3 and Level 4 coaches have received personal invitations.

 

The days will begin with registration at 9am and are scheduled to finish at 5pm. After a short introduction by Andy Paul, UKA Head of Athletics Development, Collins will explain the importance of ‘the 5 rings’. Orr will talk about coach education.

 

Post-lunch there will be practical sessions with all delegates having a chance to absorb the importance of 3 of ‘the 5 rings’.

 

Ahmed and Backley will deal with fundamental movement skills, which are basic to advanced motor skills that underpin athletic performance in every event.

 

Collins will explain psycho-behavioural aspects – the mental abilities and fitness required to train and compete with peak efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Orr will cover lifestyle, the often neglected external factors that can play a significant part in enhancing or detracting from top performance. He will explain the importance of how athletes live when they’re not training.

 

The days will close with a question and answer session.

 

The other two elements of ‘the 5 rings’ are “technical and tactical”, the techniques and tactics required to master specific events, and strength and conditioning, systematic and sustained preparation of the physical components necessary to address the demands of the event.

 

They will be covered in detail at the Event Conferences also being arranged by UK Athletics and partners:

 

UK Jumps Conference at Brunel University on Sunday 8 October.

 

3rd Spar Sprints Conference at Thames Valley Athletics Centre on Sunday 8 October.

 

UK Throws Conference and UK Combined Events Conference both at Loughborough University on Sunday 15 October.

 

British Milers’ Club Symposium incorporating the UK Endurance Conference at Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 29 October. In partnership with the BMC the endurance specific element of this conference series will be delivered as part of the symposium, in October. To find out more programme details and to register for this event please either visit the  British Miler’s Club website or contact Pat Fitzgerald 01895 811822

 

UK Race Walking Event Conference on Sunday 29 October at Leeds Metropolitan University organised by UK Event Coach, Andi Drake. It will be built into an additional squad camp being run simultaneously and will be free thanks to funding from the British Athletics Foundation and sponsorship from Leeds Met.

 

Registration forms for all conferences can be obtained by emailing conferences@ukathletics.org.uk or calling 0870 998 6739 or 6774.

 

Conference delegates seeking a preferential rate for accomodation should contact WGT Sport on 0121 745 1001.