In addition to the more endurance-based coaching offered at the club, we also operate a sprints group as a progression for athletes that have developed a broad athletic “literacy” through multi-sport and multi-event training and are now ready to focus on this specific discipline. Space in this group is limited and, depending on demand, a waiting list may be necessary and certain criteria are in place to ensure fairness.
Purpose: In line with UK Athletics Athlete Development Model, we offer an “Event Group” level training group focused on Sprints. By introducing more specific and technical coaching we aim to improve technique and understanding of the discipline of sprinting to develop the long-term potential of the athlete. We use objective performance measures such as PBs and finishing position in races etc (ie results in officially recognised track competitions) as one of the key inputs into the progress and development of the athlete in this regard.
Frequency: The Sprints group currently meets once a week on Thursdays from 5.30pm – 6.45pm throughout the year.
Criteria for inclusion in the sprints group:
Ongoing monitoring of group membership: It is important that all athletes are aware of the criteria and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to meeting them. This is particularly the case now that we are at, or close to, our maximum capacity and we have an increase in interest among new athletes to join this group. It is recognised that not all athletes will be able to meet all the criteria all the time due to short term issues (e.g. other commitments, injury, physical and mental health challenges, holidays and other external pressures etc) and leeway for these will of course be considered. However, where the criteria are not met on an ongoing basis, an honest and open discussion about their suitability for this group will need to be had with the coach not least in order to be fair to others who may want to join the group.