Coaches join us on Zoom seminars; John Freebairn

Tuesday 28th April 2020

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scottishathletics Performance Team staff have been staging a series of video seminars via Zoom to help on-going coach education and keep folk connected.

At this stage, the sessions have featured invited coaches who have previously been involved in our National Training Day programmes over the past few months.

Zoom seminars have been held with an Event Group focus and were thus staged for Throws, Jumps, and Sprints & Hurdles.

National Academy endurance coaches have also held Zoom seminars with scottishathletics National Endurance Manager, Mark Pollard.

The Throws sessions were led by Alison Grey with input from Barry Jones. Peter Stanley helped out with the Jumps sessions and Benke Blmoqvist on the Sprints and Hurdles.

Thanks to those external experts as well as scottishathletics staff who helped us in the delivery of these sessions.


Athletics in Scotland will be sad to hear of the passing of well-known coach John Freebairn.

Also known as a goalkeeper in professional football, John became a renowned throws coach and Masters athlete.

The man from Kilsyth was the lead Throws Coach for Scotland at one time and indeed at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, he was the coach for shot putt for host nation Scotland.

All at scottishathletics send our condolences to John’s family and many friends in the sport.

For an insight into his athletics career check the piece online on the Scottish Distance Running site

With thanks to Leslie Roy



Tags: Alison Grey, Benke Blomkvest, coaching, John Freebairn, Mark Pollard, National Training Days, Peter Stanley, throws

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