Coaching clinics; North endurance; Gracie record; Daffurn SHGA

Wednesday 25th October 2017

scottishathletics are delighted to be offering a series of event-specific technical coaching clinics, free of charge to coaches who want to improve their skills in a particular discipline.

The workshops are targeted at coaches with a Coaching Assistant or Athletics Coach Award (or equivalent).

Coaches can bring an athlete as a demonstrator on the day, and receive training from experienced, national-level coaches.

Workshops are free but should be booked in advance (10 coach places per course) and the forthcoming dates for November dates are as follows:

4 November – High Jump, Pitreavie

11 November – Hurdles, Glasgow 

11 November – Long Jump/Triple Jump, Glasgow

25 November – Shot Put, Grangemouth

There are more dates in the diary for December, and further clinics are planned in the new year. For more details and how to book, see the following pages:

Jumps clinics
Speed clinics
Throws clinics


The North District Junior Endurance group met last weekend with a good turnout as five clubs support the programme.

The juniors who attended worked hard on the Endurance and S&C sessions and took on board lots of new information on how to structure training and the importance of nutrition.

Organisers Sophie Dunnett and Ross Cairns said: ‘Thanks to all our juniors, the coaches and parents who gave up the day to join us and to the Seniors who took part in the Endurance session (and hopefully lived to tell the tale).’


Young Scottish thrower, Danny Gracie, of Annan and District AC delivered a superb performance recently at the WTC European Hammer Decathlon Champs in Derby earlier this month.

Danny broke the U15 World Record for this hammer decathlon, which sees athletes use different weights and is contested annually in Europe and the USA. The previous U15 Boys Record was 5332 points but Danny eclipsed that by a further 575 points.

‘I felt the overall experience was amazing, it was a tough challenge and I had to push myself to keep going throughout the day,’ said the 14-year-old. ‘I couldn’t believe it when I was told that I had broken the record and to be honest it’s still taking a bit of time for it to sink in.’

The Gracie family want to thank Danny’s coach, John Little, for all his hard work.


The Scottish Highland Games Association(SHGA) held their annual Awards Dinner in Glenrothes on Saturday evening.

Guest speaker was Scottish Lib Dem leader and Highland games competitor Willie Rennie.

The main award of SHGA Athlete of the Year went to Tony Daffurn, Harrow AC after a fine season at Highland Games events across the length and breadth of Scotland.

Tags: Annan and District AAC, Coaching Clinics, North Junior Endurance Group, Tony Daffurn

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