The first two of a series of coach development sessions for North Wales coaches were held at Deeside Athletics Centre on 26th November and 3rd December
These workshops are designed to help coaches understand the underpinning principles of each athletic event and deliver a syllabus of "what to do" progressive technical practices to build on the technical content in the Assistant Coach and Athletics Coach qualifications. For more experienced coaches they are an opportunity to refresh their technical knowledge and share their expertise within the group
The Sprints workshop started with a classroom presentation delivered by North Wales Coach and Support Officer Denis Doyle.
Colwyn Bay Sprints coach Phil Jones then led a two hour practical workshop of drills and activities to develop good acceleration mechanics and top speed running.
Welsh U15 300m Champion Sacha Didcote acted as a demonstrator for the day.
To ensure the session was interactive and a real learning opportunity, each of the eight coaches in attendance was asked to bring one of their own training group
The second workshop focussing on the horizontal jumps (long and triple) followed a similar format with Denis Doyle delivering the classroom presentation and Wrexham's Amanda Wale delivering the practical component of the day. Wrexham AC's Welsh International Triple Jumper Tom Walley proved a very able demonstrator on the day. Eight coaches along with their athletes were in attendance.
The third in the series takes place on Saturday 17th December. The topic of the day will be Hurdles.