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An athlete centred coaching approach – as opposed to a coach, parent, school or club centred approach. All decisions are based on what is good for the wellbeing and long term development of the athlete.
Inclusive athletics groups - that welcome all ages, abilities, disabilities and accepts that individuals will want to be part of the group, for a variety of reasons, all of which are considered to be of equal importance. The reason may be: for health & fitness; the development of fundamental movement skills; to improve performance in other sports; the social aspect and camaraderie that comes from being part of a training group; to compete in a variety of athletics events; to become an elite athlete ……. to name but a few.
Multi-eventing - this is essential from both a developmental and opportunity perspective for athletes that are in the Fundamental & Foundation stages of development. However good a young athlete is, in a particular event, a multi event approach will be taken to ensure: correct skill and physical development; an opportunity in another, even better, event is not missed; variety in training reduces the risk of getting bored/ losing interest and simply because, as young people develop, their skills and abilities change and as such, trying to predict what they will be best at, as a young fully grown adult, is near to impossible.
A good learning environment – differentiated, accommodating different learning styles, varied and creative, based on encouragement and positivity and allowing each individual to learn and progress at their own pace. Most of all friendly and fun!
Whole Child development – Athletics is a great opportunity to develop, not only the physical qualities, but also the behavioural, social and psychological requirements of young people.
Group sizes - Smaller groups, just like smaller class sizes, mean young athletes get more time and individual attention to learn and focus on Fundamental movement skill development & technique that are fundamental to their future wellbeing , with respect to reducing the risk of injury and ultimately improving their performances in Athletics and across all other Sports. From a Coaching perspective, it gives the opportunity to get to know and understand each athlete’s development requirements a lot better.
A Late Specialisation Sport- a real appreciation and understanding of this concept ensures that children are not encouraged down any one particular event, too soon, to the detriment of their athletic development and possibly a missed opportunity in another event, as mentioned above.
The UK Athletics “Athlete Development Model “ - Commitment to working to this model to ensure the appropriateness of the training that is selected for each individual athlete.
Respectful behaviour and a positive attitude - what we expect and aim for, with all our young athletes.
Involvement of parents - this is actively encouraged, wherever possible, and in a number of different roles – coaching, marshalling and participating.