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UK Athletics Event Conferences October 2006

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UK Athletics is staging a series of seven Event Conferences during October 2006 as part of the growing investment in developing a clear and well supported Athlete Pathway.


The topics, dates and venues are:


Generic Athlete Components on Saturday 7 October at Brunel University and Saturday 14 October at Loughborough University.


UK Jumps Conference on Sunday 8 October at Brunel University.


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


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


British Milers’ Club Symposium (incorporating the UK Endurance Conference) on Sunday 29 October at Stratford-upon-Avon. 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 www.britishmilersclub.co.uk or contact Pat Fitzgerald on 01895 811822.


UK Race Walking Event Conference on Sunday 29 October at Leeds Metropolitan University organised by UK Event Coach, Andi Drake: It is 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.


Building upon previous successes, the conferences will feature expanded content and will focus upon the key audience – Level 3 and Level 4 Coaches. All coaches at these two levels are receiving personal invitations to the conferences to explore a fresh approach to the development of coaching in the UK that is wide in scope and targets the collective needs of athlete and coach as they strive to raise standards of performance at every level.


The Generic days will be led by Dave Collins, UKA Performance Director, and also include sessions led by Callum Orr, UKA Head of Coaching and Teaching.


The Event Specific Conferences may have practical elements to them and will be led by the Event Management Group Chairs and the new UK Event Coaches.


Andy Paul, UKA Head of Athletics Development, said: “The conference season is just one part of the wider approach to coach development that involves the growing network of support being offered by both Celtic Nations and English Regions. During this winter there will be an improved level of coordination at each stage of the Athlete Pathway to ensure that athletes and their coaches, who are striving to be better and achieve ambitious standards, can access support wherever they are based. National and regional standards devised to provide stepping stones towards higher competition can be found at the Power of 10 website.


“Athletes and coaches will have opportunities to access Event Programmes offering a range of support including squad sessions, local coaching conferences, mentoring, links to competition and other opportunities to meet together and share.


“A handbook will soon be distributed, explaining key roles in the support system across the UK. It will also list key dates for this winter as well as other information about support for athletes, coaches and clubs in raising standards of performance.


“Any Level 3 and Level 4 coach who has not received this by the end of September should either email conferences@ukathletics.org.uk or call me on 0870 998 6800.”