Head Coach of UK Athletics and British Olympic Squad Charles Van Commenee will be visiting on Thursday 29th Septemberto deliver a talk to Coaches and Elite athletes on preparation for major competitions. This talk will follow on from the Olympic theme which will have been delivered at the ANI Coaching Conference.
Clare McCoy, Marketing Manager said:
“It is fantastic that Charles Van Commenee will be paying a visit to Northern Ireland. Van Commenee has been influential in his three years as UK Athletics Head Coach and has just returned from the World Championships in Daegu with 7 medals with the GB & NI team”.
Van Commenee has set a target of eight medals - including one gold - to be won in 2012, one more than the haul in Daegu. "Mission achieved and it puts us in a great position for next year where we want to win eight," Van Commenee said. "It's my job to find another from somewhere."
The talk will be held at the Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge, Belfast from 6.30pm and will conclude with a questions and answers session. Areas covered include; the importance of high level competition and how to prepare, benefits of International Team selection and competition, Aspiration of athletes to compete in the Olympic Games and The Coach's role in the preparations for the competitions. You must register your interest/place for this by downloading the participant form on www.niathletics.org and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few days prior to this Athletics NI will hold their annual coaching conference on Saturday 24th September at the University of Ulster Jordanstown. The theme is ‘Fundamentals to Olympics’ and will include key note speakers UKA’s Strategic Head of Coaching and Development Kevin Tyler, National Performance Centre Director at Loughborough Derek Evely, Scott Grace from England Athletics and Senior UKA Physiologist Dr Barry Fudge.
All of the conference places have now been filled with many coaches from the Republic of Ireland making the journey to hear these influential speakers. The course will be delivered from 9.30am – 5.00pm, lunch will be provided during the day.
Lead organiser and Development & Club Manager Vicki Kennedy said:
"I am enthusiastic about this upcoming conference as it brings all our coaches together to learn and network. It is exciting that we have the high calibre of speakers attending this conference to pass on their knowledge and experiences to our eager coaches attending.
This conference will continue our coach development opportunities and continue the networking links with UKA. I am looking forward to the conference and to working with all our coaches".