Coaching Courses

The committee has been discussing offering members the opportunity to obtain coaching qualifications. The committee would encourage any member who wishes to pursue a relevant coaching qualification to do so.

A number of members have requested further information on what obligations will be placed on them if they proceed with completing a coaching course and we would like to clarify the committee do not wish any member to give up their running career each Tuesday and Thursday. We believe that it would be helpful for further club members to obtain qualifications which would help both themselves and the club. On completion of the course members would assist our Head Coach, Tony Coyne, to devise and implement training sessions and in the fullness of time join a coaching sub-committee.

One of our members, Anji Carson, has applied for an athletics coach course which will be held in September in Kilmarnock. This is a four day course and will build on her existing qualifications. Following discussion with Scottish Athletics we have identified two courses for coach assistant which is the first step on the coaching ladder. It provides an introduction to coaching athletics via a range of run, jump and throw skills and activities.

The committee appreciates that the time available for members is restricted and therefore on offer is the same course at two different venues. The first course will be held on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of September at Grangemouth Stadium. The second course will be held in Kilmarnock.at the Ayrshire Athletics Arena on the 17th and 18th of September 2016.

Further details of the courses and their content can be found on the Scottish Athletics website. As of today's date, 11 places are available for the Kilmarnock venue and 5 for Grangemouth. The cost of the course will be £185 pounds and will be paid for by the club. We already have three people, all male, who have advised that they would like to become involved in coaching and we would appreciate volunteers from among the club ladies. If you have any questions on coaching please speak direct to Tony, our Head Coach.

When the pool of qualified coaches are enhanced, it will provide the opportunity for training to take place in smaller groups of a similar standard. If you decide that a coaching course is suitable for you, please speak to either Katy Smith or Tom Keenan who will arrange to have your application processed. If you cannot attend on either date this time further opportunities will arise in the future.

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