This is a Coach and Athlete centered program with core beliefs of developing a robust throws specific program that engages and pushes the boundaries of throws in Wales from junior to senior Commonwealth Games success encompassing parents, coaches and wider support networks

Ryan Spencer-Jones, Throws National Talent Development Coordinator

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The Regional and National Throws Programmes are part of an initiative by Welsh Athletics to support talented athletes and their coaches across Wales. Programme Aims:

To support talented athletes for a smooth transition from Junior to Senior level

•           To support implementing the right training at the right time

•           To promote lifestyle advice to support athlete training

•           To minimise the drop off in numbers of athletes in the U17-23 age groups and ages 14 - 23

•           To facilitate collaborative working and sharing of ideas amongst coaches


To get in touch please email or phone 07864613652.


Lockdown Strength & Conditioning sessions

  1. View on Sway or download PDF Week 1 - 6th April 2020 

  2. Download our Throws specific home workout Week 2 - 14th April 2020 ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


What is the Regional Development Programme?

The Regional Development Program is the first stage of the Throws Development Pathway. At this stage in the pathway Athletes and Coaches will be invited to attend regional development days throughout the year led by the Throws Leads.


What opportunities are available if I am invited onto the Regional Development Programme?

If invited to be part of the Regional Development programme you will be expected to attend 3 Regional Development Days between September and March. You will also be invited to train at Regional Hub sessions that will take place once a month under the guidance of regional coaches.


What age groups does the Regional Development Programme target?

Athletes must be in the upper U15 and U17 age groups (or school years 9-11) to be invited onto the programme.


How do I get onto the Regional Development Program?

Entry on to the Regional programme will be via an invite from the Regional Lead. The following will be taken into consideration when selecting for the programme:

•             Power of 10 ranking – Top 75

•             Performances both club and schools

•             Recommendation by teacher or coach

•             Discretion of lead on throws


What will I expect at a Regional Development day?

The Regional Days are led by the Regional Throws Coordinator and the Regional Support Coaches. 

The Regional Development Program (RDP) is designed to give young athletes the basic grounding in technical and mechanical proficiencies. This will be underpinned by athlete first skills and educated on specific technical movements with the vision of building a physically robust junior athlete. The RDP will retain a large focus on attending coaches as they are provided with specific throws technical CPD and wider support service information. 

The Regional Development Program will sit below the National Program and will have invite criteria built around the attendance. The RDP will create an effective learning environment for athletes, coaches and parents as they are key to young athletes’ development and longevity in the sport. The regional development will touch upon key factors such as lifestyle, nutrition and mental resilience factors for both coaches and parents.


How do Regional Hub sessions work?

The Regional Hub sessions will take place at various locations around the region each month (apart from a month where there is a Regional Development Day).


Can coaches and parents attend the Regional Days?

Coaches are key to the success of throws across the development pathway. Coaches will be personally invited to attend all regional days and coach development will be aligned with the coach development strategy. The regional days and regional hubs also provide an opportunity for coaches to network and share ideas and good practice. 

Parents are also encouraged to attend the Regional development days. The information and skills picked up by athletes will be better transferred into every-day life with the support of parents.


East Wales                                       

Lead – Josh Clark (

Next Regional Development Day: 28th September

Next Regional Hub Session:  TBC


South Wales

Lead –  Lucy Griffiths (    

Next Regional Development Day: 28th September

Next Regional Hub Session:  TBC


North Wales

Lead – Warwick Patterson (  

Next Regional Development Day: 28th and 29th September (around the Final Fling event)

Next Regional Hub Session:  TBC


West Wales

Lead – Pedr Roberts (

Next Regional Development Day: 29th September

Next Regional Hub Session:  TBC

What is the National Development Throws Programme?

The National Throws Development Programme is the next point along the support pathway for aspiring throws athletes. The programme is led by Ryan Spencer Jones – National Talent Development Coordinator.

Ryan’s contact details are

The National Development Program is an athlete invite program with a specified distance and athlete competencies considered at the time of selection after the culmination of the previous season. Personal coaches will be directly invited to attend the NDP as the program aim to develop and enhance the coach athlete bond and partnership.

The program's mission is to realise a performance environment by developing both the athlete and their performance whilst investing in and supporting the coach athlete partnership. 


How do I get onto the National Throws Programme?

The National Development Program is an invite program chosen by the National Throws Development Coordinator according to the criteria below:

  • Athletes must be in the upper U17 to U23 age groups.
  • Ranked in the UK top 20 for Hammer, Javelin, Discus or Shot put.


What does entry onto the National Development Programme mean for an athlete?

 An athlete who is on the National Development Programme will receive the following benefits:

• An invitation for both Athlete and coach to attend 3 National Development camps/days a year between September and April. These camps will be supported by Sport Wales professionals e.g. Dietician, Strength and Conditioning Coach.

• Performance marker tracking by the National Talent Development Coordinator – monitoring of competition performance and lifestyle (nutrition, psychology) and physical preparation markers.

• Individual Action Plans to work on with personal coaches.


What are the benefits to coaches of the National Throws Programme?

Coaches are the most important part of the athlete’s development; the program aims to assist and enhance the coach athlete partnership. This will be aligned to the coach education strategy. Coaches of athletes on the National Throws Programme will receive the following:

• Support to attend Continuing Professional Development Opportunities as agreed with the National Talent Development Coordinator and the Coach development Coordinator.

• Meetings with the National Talent Development Coordinator to discuss individual athlete progress.

What is the Welsh Futures Programme?

This programme focuses on the highest performing Junior national development athletes within Throws disciplines in Wales. The programme aims to provide more bespoke and detailed support to an athlete identified as having the potential to perform at a UK national and international level.


How do I get onto the Welsh Futures Programme?

  • Athletes must be 16 or above or in the U20 and U23 age groups to be eligible for the Welsh Futures Programme
  • Athletes must achieve one of the age group time standards set out by the Welsh Athletics Performance team * – See link for time standards
  • Athletes who achieve GB international honours.


What benefits do I receive being on the Welsh Futures Programme?

The following support will be available to Welsh Futures athletes as agreed between the athlete-coach pairing and the National Talent Development Coordinator:

  • Lab-based support and field testing
  • Nutritional Support Work
  • Medical management and Strength and Conditioning support programme: Implement the right pro-active support to minimise injury and lead on all functional and strength and conditioning requirements
  • Warm weather camps: An opportunity to join Senior athletes on warm weather training and altitude camps as set out by the performance team.
  • Support for entry and travel to agreed races in the UK and abroad (To be agreed with the performance team).
  • Athlete and coach meetings with the National Talent Development Coordinator to discuss individual progress and sport science support x 3 a year.