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Coaching InformationWithout 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 – 11Led 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 – 15This 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.
SeniorsTraining and coaching appropriate to the event and competition, competition available in all disciplines. Access to surfaces as per the above age group.
Selection ProcedureIn 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
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
- Rob Wilson
- Margaret Hopkinson Field – Grade 3
- Joanne Newby Field – Grade 1
- Shannel Curtis Field – Grade 1