Jersey Spartans Athletic Club is laying the foundations needed to deliver a significant and long term uplift in future performance across all track and field disciplines with the announcement that the club hopes soon to have up to eight new fully qualified coaches on board increasing the number of active coaches to 25.
Funded largely from sponsorship monies donated by Santander Private Banking, the eight are nearing the end of their eleven month course which will lead to them receiving their England Athletics formal coaching qualification. The new coaches will then be able to train up and coming athletes across all the major track, field and endurance disciplines.
Chris Dorey from Jersey Spartans said, “It is vital our up and coming athletes have regular access to competent and professional training staff from an early age, if they are to progress within their disciplines. The new coaches will be able to offer a range of training programmes aimed at all skill and ability levels, but in particular concentrating on the requirements of younger athletes in the 10 to 15 year age group. Our experience tells us that if we can get the training right for this age group, rapid progress becomes possible further down the line.”
The coaches started the England Athletics approach programme in autumn last year and have had to complete a range of theoretical and practical learning goals. At present the future coaches are completing detailed ten week diaries which record forward looking programmes to progress athletes in various stages of their development. These will be carefully scrutinised by England Athletics as a key learning stage in the programme.
Taking part are some well know names locally including Hannah Gothard and Ed Widdowson who between them have over fifteen years of experience of athlete training, but who are amongst the first to admit that adding the England Athletics qualification will make a huge difference to the amount of useful information and practical support they will be able to impart to the Juniors.
Commenting on the new qualification, Chris Dorey said, “Having eight additional fully qualified coaches available for athletes here at the Jersey Spartans will give a great boost to our new athletes of all abilities who need high quality guidance from a young age. We could not have done this without the generous support of Santander Private Banking whose sponsorship has funded and met a large part of the training bill.”
The coaches are expecting to receive their full qualifications in October this year at a ceremony to be held at FB Fields.