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Coaching courses; Sammi; Singapore win; GAA Camps; Kirky

Sunday 19th February 2017

Spikes on track

Check out forthcoming Coach Education courses

The learning never stops at scottishathletics and for our Scottish coaches.

And that’s why we want to again highlight some of the on-going coach education opportunities which are coming up over the next few weeks.

We have courses scheduled at various locations around the country which offer would-be coaches the chance to put a toe on the ladder in terms of education, or improve the skills or those who have already secured some qualifications.

Into March there are opportunities coming up at Aberdeen, Livingston, Glasgow and Shetland and we would love to see these courses fill-up.

*Coaching Assistant course in Aberdeen – March 4 (plus one more date)

*Jog Leader course in Glasgow – March 18

*Jog Leader course in Livingston – March 25

*Coaching Assistant course in Shetland – April 22/23

To look at the options of course or to book your place, follow the link to each page. If you need any more details please contact Joanne Dennis

There are also more courses coming up on the Athletic Development and Physical Preparation programme.


Sammi Kinghorn was one of a dozen 12 athletes – from beginners to Paralympian – and around 20 coaches and parents who attended a special wheelchair training session at Grangemouth earlier this month.

The weekend featured a workshop delivered by Bromakin wheelchairs and a light training session on the Saturday and on then on Sunday a session for the six elite and developing athletes with Jenni Banks from British Athletics.

Thanks to all those coaches, athletes and parents who supported the sessions at Grangemouth on February 11/12.

Sammi also took delivery of her new race chair over the weekend and can be seen talking about that and more in this video blog from Harper MacLeod.

With thanks to Ian Mirfin


From Sammi to Singapore – and more Scottish success in cross country.

It seems the ‘feel-good factor’ in our sport currently is global with Rachel O’Connor (formerly Rachel Spencer) recently winning the Singapore National XC title.

Rachel was quite a successful junior athlete some 15 years ago, winning pentathlon, long jump and 800m events and representing Scottish Schools in pentathlon. She was a Banchory Stonehaven athlete at that time.

Now 30, Rachel has been in Singapore for 18 months and impressed to beat the field – with more details in a local newspaper write-up.

With thanks to Jackie Spencer


The Glasgow Athletics Association Event Specific Spring Camps are back for 2017.

The GAA is pleased to deliver four camps this Spring featuring Sprints, Hurdles, High Jump and Pole Vault. The camps are perfect for athletes looking to develop their skills or learn a new event –  no experience required!

The camps will run from Tuesday 11 April – Thursday 13 April 2017, from 10am – 3pm at the Emirates Arena for athletes aged 12-17 years inclusive.

Camps cost £70 for Glasgow club members and £80 for non Glasgow club members. Applications should be sent in before Thursday 6th April 2017.

More details on the GAA website.


There’s nothing we like better at scottishathletics than a serious approach to athletics – and there’s no doubt that is the case at so many clubs.

So we loved this social media mention from Kirkintilloch Olympians of a squad of Seniors and  Masters athletes taking time out for warm weather training in Portugal in February to prepare for challenges ahead – like the Lindsays National XC and the National Road Relays at Livingston.

Here’s the message from the Kirky Facebook page:

‘Squad have survived a hard training camp in Portugal. Trails, track, beach and road with multiple sessions each day to set up for the forthcoming season. If you look closely they even let Scott Martin from Kilmarnock Harriers join in the “fun”! Highly recommended for anyone looking to improve.’


Tags: Coaching Courses, GAA Spring Camps, Kirkintilloch Olympians, Sammi Kinghorn, Singapore

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