National Club Conference

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Sign-up here for Conference 2019

Our annual National Club Conference continues to be a key part of our club education programme and a day not to be missed.

scottishathletics are now pleased to announce the programme for our 2019 National Club Conference on Saturday 23 November at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.

We’re delighted to have former First Minister of Scotland and scottishathletics Honorary President, the Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell, as our keynote speaker for the event.

Final copy – NCC timetable 2019

Following the positive feedback received in 2018, we are delighted to once again have scottishathletics clubs at the forefront of our conference – with three clubs holding workshops on a range of topics: Central AC, North Ayrshire AC and Cumbernauld AAC.

We will also have ’round table’ discussions hosted by Guy Richardson the CEO and Founder of Eiger Performance, graffiti boards to share feedback, and more time for informal networking with other clubs creating an opportunity to discuss and tackle challenges together.

Callum, Robert and Derek Hawkins – guests at the National Club Conference

scottishathletics are also delighted to bring the Hawkins family – Robert, Derek and Callum – as special guests to the conference to share their story of their journey from club to country.

Full details including the online booking can be found by following the link to the National Club Conference booking platform. Descriptors for the workshops can be viewed below the booking link.

Sign-up here for Conference 2019

Time: 9.30am to 4pm

Venue: Hilton Hotel, 1 William Street, Glasgow, G3 8HT

Cost: FREE to scottishathletics affiliated club members/£50 non-affiliated


Cumbernauld AC – Capacity building and planning junior sessions

Workshop Content:

  • Background to the Club
    • Club structure – committee, athlete membership, coaches and volunteers
    • Club strategy/vision
  • How the Club operate effectively 7 days a week
  • Partner pathway links
  • How to structure training
  • Planning junior sessions

 Central AC – competing to win

Workshop Content:

  • Background to the Club
    • Club structure – committee, athlete membership, coaches and volunteers
    • Club strategy/vision
    • Partnerships
  • How the Club operate effectively across multiple training bases
  • Success around endurance running and how this been developed
  • Volunteer recruitment and Club Together Officer’s role
  • Junior internal competition programme
  • Implementation of junior pathway, coaching structure and long-term athlete development framework
  • What’s next for Central AC

North Ayrshire AC – more than a club

Workshop Content:

  • Background to the Club
    • Club structure – committee, athlete membership, coaches and volunteers
    • Club strategy/vision
    • Partnerships, Facility, Events
  • Club Development – pathway, structure and development programmes
  • Club Development – future plans

scottishathletics coaching and performance team – athlete first  

Workshop Content:

The journey of the athlete through club to academy and everything in-between.


Previous conferences


Prior to the FPSG scottishathletics Annual Awards on Saturday 3 November we welcomed more than 60 club members (representing more than 30 clubs) to our annual National Club Conference at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. The early involvement of Gavin Oattes from Tree of Knowledge brought great energy to the main conference room which continued throughout the day. As always we are extremely grateful to all the members that gave up their free Saturday to join us at the conference, and to the four clubs (Bellahouston Harriers, Fife AC, Kilmarnock H&AC and Livingston AC) that delivered workshops and shared their experiences with delegates.

We were also extremely fortunate to have Debbi McCulloch from Spartans Community Football Academy present two workshops to delegates sharing the outstanding work the club have done to improve the lives of people in their local community.

The day finished on a massive high with a presentation from the most decorated Scottish track and field athlete of all time, Eilidh Doyle. Eilidh shared with delegates the highs and lows of her career so far and the key learning she has taken in her journey from club to international athlete.

Thanks once again to all delegates for their attendance and feedback. The presentations from the conference are downloadable here:

NCC 2018 – Bellahouston Harriers
NCC 2018 – ClubServe presentation
NCC 2018 – Fife AC
NCC 2018 – Kilmarnock H&AC
NCC 2018 – Livingston AC
NCC 2018 – Officials R&R
NCC 2018 – overview for web

NCC 2018 – Spartans CFA


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