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Luke Cutts

19 January 2011

Vault Manchester, the annual meeting of the UK’s elite pole vaulters, in addition to a Coaching Masterclass held jointly by UKA and England Athletics, took place in Manchester last weekend (15 January).

The event, supported by Manchester City Council and organised by Julien Raffalli - coach to World Junior Championships bronze medallists Holly Bleasdale and Andrew Sutcliffe - and Andy Byres, has become an integral part of the UK Pole Vault calendar and for the past five years has seen the nation’s top vaulters compete head to head.

Holly Bleasdale and Luke Cutts (coach: Trevor Fox), with marks of 4.32m and 5.32m respectively, took the men’s and women’s titles on this occasion as the competition enhanced its high quality performance reputation.

Taking place over the same weekend and continuing England Athletics' Coaching Masterclass Series, 20 coaches, many supported through England Athletics’ Coach Development Programmes at national and regional level, attended the Masterclass which saw Herbert Czingon, former National Pole Vault Coach for Germany and currently Head Coach for Field Events, discuss his views on technical development.

He used examples of both international and UK vaulters as well as methods for future technical development and went on to discuss event specific concepts and used practical examples to focus on the successful transition of a talented junior athlete through to a successful senior athlete.

Alan Richardson, UKA’s National Event Coach for Pole Vault said: “As ever, Vault Manchester creates a great atmosphere for the pole vault. We’ve got an extremely strong community in this event group and with so many coaches actively contributing and learning from world class speakers as they have done here, the event has a bright future as we all work together to move the event forward.”