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Thursday 2nd October 2014

Coaching the coaches 2014

Coach Development is essential for the growth of our sport and over the past couple of years scottishathletics have provided support to coaches working with athletes at the event group and event specific stages (13+) in local clubs free of charge.

The National Coach Mentors are available to work with a group of coaches and their athletes across any event group or specific event as required.

Local coaches will identify the areas where support is required; however, a focus should remain on developing the physical and technical competencies of the athlete and the planning of the training programmes for athletes.

This is already happening across the country and fits with the wider Coach Development programme which featured the Coaching Conference recently and the Event Coach Development Days due to take place in October, December and March.

And it chimes with recent comments from Rodger Harkins, our new director of coaching, who insisted: ‘You cannot coach in isolation.’

Clubs across the length and breadth of the country are asked to get in touch if they want visits from our team of Coach Mentors to conduct event workshops. Please email if you want to arrange a visit.

Many thanks to those coaches already buying into the mentoring schemes we have initiated.

Throws at Aberdeen 2014

Throws at Aberdeen 2014

Throws Workshops – Javelin and Hammer – October 11 and 12, Aberdeen Sports Village

Hugh Murray is our National Coach Mentor for Throws and will be joined by Karen Costello to deliver a weekend of throws workshops at Aberdeen Sports Village.

These workshops will be FREE to attend and coaches are encouraged to be accompanied by their athletes.

Saturday 11 October: 1pm to 4pm Javelin. Sunday 12 October: 10am to 1pm Hammer

Karen will deliver a general overview of the technical model for Javelin/Hammer as well as demonstrating lots of practical ideas and methods emphasising coaching the event to the younger age groups.

Interested coaches do not need to be currently coaching Javelin/Hammer but should have an interest in doing so.  Likewise athletes do not need to be skilled to a high standard.

Karen Costello works with other coaches in an established Throws group based at Linwood. They coach all throws but have had particular success working with young athletes on Hammer and Javelin. Their group have enjoyed recent success at both Scottish National and English National Age Group Championships taking podium positions at both.

In order to keep track of numbers please indicate your interest in attending by email to Alasdhair Love (

Hugh Murray

Hugh Murray

Tags: Aberdeen Sports Village, Coach Development, Hugh Murray, National Coach Development Programme, Rodger Harkins

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