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Coaching

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Coaching Information

Without the dedication of our voluntary coaching staff Birtley AC could not continue to produce the excellent performances throughout the year. Please read on if you are interested in our coaching structure, selection process or a list of current coaches.

Our Coaching Structure

Ages 7 – 11

Led by coaches who are qualified to deal with this very special age group, the sessions start and finish with a variety of team games with the emphasis on fun. The children learn activities of a general nature designed to improve balance, co-ordination and agility and are given a multi – event, pre-athletics experience leading to the fundamentals of the events proper. The children are awarded certificates/medals twice yearly (Junior Challenge and the Minor’s Trophy). There is limited competition for this age group and the children are encouraged to partake without pressure. The summer sessions take place on grass, in a safe environment, Winter sessions are held in the sports halls within the school.

Ages 12 – 15

This age group are offered a multi-event experience based on a run,jump and throw in line with the current policy. The athletes are offered event coaching on a rotational basis at the coaches discretion. This group takes part in all competitions relevant to age, distance etc. Access to grass, synthetic surfaces during the summer months and indoor sports hall and outdoor runs during the winter.

From Age 16+

This group usually have “specialised” and work with the appropriate event coach. Competition is available in all disciplines. Access to grass, synthetic surfaces during the summer. Access to grass, synthetic, roads, indoor sports hall, multi gym and fitness suite within the school at the discretion of the appropriate coach during the winter months.

Seniors

Training and coaching appropriate to the event and competition, competition available in all disciplines. Access to surfaces as per the above age group.

Selection Procedure

In order to qualify for the selection process, the following procedure has been established. Criteria as follows:-
  • 1. Current and past performance
  • 2. Fitness and well being
  • 3. Attitude
  • 4. Reliability
  • 5. Potential
  • 6. Points
The selection panel will consist of two relevant coaches plus either of the Junior club captains. The aim of this procedure is to ensure the well being of ALL the athletes and to give equal opportunities to everyone.

Our coaches

Level 3 Coaches.

    • Tommy Millmore:- Endurance
    • Ed Lown:- Youth Awards (All Events 8-15) & Sprints
    • Tommy Quigley:- Speed
    • Graeme Reid:- Strength and Throws

Level 2 Coaches.

      • Pam Bradshaw
      • Gary Curtis

Level 1 Coaches.

      • Fiona Hopkins
      • Christine Pearson
      • Sarah Murray
      • Steve Brown

Assistant Coaches.

      • Rob Wilson

Qualified Officials.

      • Margaret Hopkinson Field – Grade 3
      • Joanne Newby Field – Grade 1
      • Shannel Curtis Field – Grade 1
All coaches and officials have been CRB checked as a condition of holding the relevant license.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
21
Tue
all-day Athletics Holiday Camp 21-23rd F... @ Gateshead College Academy for Sport
Athletics Holiday Camp 21-23rd F... @ Gateshead College Academy for Sport
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Athletics Holiday Camp 21-23rd Feb (half term) 2017 @ Gateshead College Academy for Sport | England | United Kingdom
At Athletics North East we believe we need to encourage the next generation of sports stars. The best way to do this is to involve children from a young age, our courses are designed to[...]
all-day Pole Vault Training Camp 21-23rd... @ Gateshead College Academy for Sport
Pole Vault Training Camp 21-23rd... @ Gateshead College Academy for Sport
Feb 21 – Feb 23 all-day
Pole Vault Training Camp 21-23rd Feb 2017 @ Gateshead College Academy for Sport | England | United Kingdom
In February 2017 we will be running our next Pole Vault Training Camp at Gateshead College Academy for Sport. This is a perfect opportunity for you to learn everything you need to know about pole[...]
Feb
25
Sat
all-day National XC Championships @ Wollaton Park
National XC Championships @ Wollaton Park
Feb 25 all-day
National XC Championships @ Wollaton Park | England | United Kingdom
This is an important event in the cross-country calendar – we encourage all of our athletes to enter. Free transport will be provided – please indicate on the entry form (on club noticeboard) whether you’d[...]

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