CZ 2015 – Edition 2

Welcome to Coaching Zone – Rodger Harkins

rodger.jpgIn the second edition of Coaching Zone 2015, we look at coaching philosophies in planning, speed development in the horizontal jumps and a holistic approach to coaching endurance athletes. There are some key messages from the scottishathletics 2014 Coaching Conference, from UK coaches Fuzz Ahmed and Femi Akinsanya; we also hear from Olympic coach Tomasz Lewandowski from the European Endurance Conference in Nottingham. Rodger

Click on section headings to go to each resource:

Planning for success

British Athletics Senior Coach Fuzz Ahmed delivers a presentation at the scottishathletics 2014 coaching conference on ‘planning for medal success’. (Video 22m50 – part one of a two-part series) Suitable for: Event group and event specialist coaches working with developing athletes

Speed development in horizontal jumps

In this video, filmed at the scottishathletics Coaching Conference 2014, Femi discusses the role of speed in horizontal jumps, and provides interesting data to show a relationship between approach speed and jump distance. (Video 15m51 – part one of a three-part series) Suitable for: Club coaches, anyone working with developing athletes interested in jumps (event group coaches and event specialist coaches)

Holistic approach to coaching runners

Tomasz Lewandowski is Marcin’s brother and coach, and A Polish national team coach of many years, including Olympic coaching. In this series of short videos at the European Endurance Coaching Conference 2013 in Nottingham, Tomasz talks through his views and approaches to coaching. (Video 7m14 part one of a four part series) Suitable for: Club coaches, anyone working with developing athletes interested in endurance (event group coaches and event specialist coaches).

Coaching Conference 26 & 27 September, Emirates Arena

Following the success of the National Coaching Conference in 2014, where we saw over 250 delegates attend over the weekend, scottishathletics are pleased to announce details of the 2015 National Coaching Conference. This will include keynote speakers, practical session and workshops, led by international speakers and coaches, including:

* Boo Schexnayder
* Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo
* Vesteinn Hafsteinsson
* Kelvin Giles
* Neil Black (Performance Director, British Athletics)

If you are a club coach, development coach, performance coach, or a coach working with disability athletes, then this conference has something to offer you.

Places cost £25 for scottishathletics coach members and £50 for non-members.

For further information and updates, follow the title link above.

Foundation course – 26/27 October, Emirates Arena

In partnership with world-renowned coach Kelvin Giles (Movement Dynamics), scottishathletics are pleased to announce the introduction of a new Foundation Course. This coach development opportunity is specifically designed to help newly-qualified coaches (Coach Assistant and/or Athletics Coach Award) to develop their skills in delivering warm-ups and in-session planning in the club environment.

This new programme is integral to the National Coach Development Programme for scottishathletics, which targets the development of the athlete, in addressing their physical and technical competencies. This Foundation Course will take place over two days, and will consist of both theory and practical workshops.

The cost of the course will be £30 for scottishathletics coach members, and £50 for non-members.

To book yourself onto the course, please email

Movement Dynamics athletic development video resource

scottishathletics are offering the Movement Dynamics video resource for sale at a special price of £100 for the full video resource for one year, with a renewal price of £25 per year thereafter. These resources have been developed to support the coach in the field to better understand the critical questions surrounding their athletes – ‘Where are they now?’ and ‘What is their individual journey?’

They are designed to span the entire development continuum of the athlete from their first steps to high performance. This multi-media resource offers the means of physical competence assessment and exercise selection solutions.

Linked critically with modern infrastructures and performance processes, this set of tools support coach and service provider education at many levels and forms the cornerstone of several world-leading operations.

To purchase, contact coaching and training administrator, Joanne Dennis, on

National coaching qualifications pathway and programmes 2014-15

scottishathletics offers formal qualifications for coaches delivering athletics in clubs. These qualifications are licensed by UK Athletics, catering for entry-level coaches through to coaches working with performance athletes.

Click here for details of all forthcoming coach education courses, and a selection of useful downloadable documents.

Other resources

Click on the links below for more details on each of these resources:
Book – introduction to athlete development

Written by world-leading movement and conditioning expert Kelvin Giles and adapted for scottishathletics.
Local club coaching sessions
National Event Leads will provide support to coaches working with athletes at the event group and event-specific stages (13+) in local clubs free of charge. National coach mentors will work with a group of coaches and their athletes across any event group or specific event as required.
Inclusive athletics
A 3 hour workshop for coaches and volunteers interested in increasing their knowledge of working with athletes with a disability.

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