Conference and Seminars

Trevor Painter Coach to World and European Medallist Jenny Meadows to deliver seminar


Trevor Painter Coach to World and European Medallist Jenny Meadows to deliver seminar

17th March, 2017 Middle Distance Seminar Trevor Painter –Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, Antrim (7-9.30pm)

Trevor Painter, Coach to World & European Medallist-Jenny Meadows will deliver a seminar discussing his long-term approach to coaching middle distance running and provide reflections on his coaching experience. Trevor will explain qualities and attributes needed in the 800m and what information you need as a coach to help inform the process in transitioning an athlete from 400m to 800m and possibly to 1500m. Jenny, now 35 has enjoyed fantastic success as an athlete and just this week paced Laura Muir of Scotland to a British 1000m record.

Coach Development Lead Laura Kerr explained “Trevor will also discuss his approach to physical preparation and speed work and how his annual planning evolved as Jenny progressed. We are delighted to welcome him to Northern Ireland and look forward to a busy weekend of coach and athlete development. This seminar is running in conjunction with the NI and Ulster Endurance Squad which takes places the following day at Greenmount for Junior athletes and their coaches.”

This seminar has 50 places available and registration is now open at the following link:

£17.50 (including tea/coffee/cookies)

Trevor will take questions and coaches are welcome to send these to in advance.


Athletics NI Annual Coaching Conference

The annual Athletics NI Coaching Conference is held during September / October at Ulster University Jordanstown. The conference aims to bring together the a collection of domestic and international speakers to discuss the most up to date concepts in Athletics coaching.

Previous speakers have included: Barry Fudge (British Athletics Head of Endurance), Paula Dunn (British Athletics Paralympic Performance Director and Mo Farah's physiologist), Fuzz Ahmed (Coach to 2012 Olympic Medalist Robbie Grabarz), Dave Rowland (England Athletics Physical Preparation National Coach Mentor), Tony Hadley (Coach to numerous olympians in the 400m including Matthew Hudson-Smith) and Jared Deacon (Scottish Rugby Academy Coach and former Lead S&C Coach for the English Institute of Sport). 

2016 Conference - Saturday 8 October 2016


The 2016 Northern Ireland Coaching Conference will be held at the University of Ulster Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB on Saturday 8 October 2016. 


How to book

Tickets for the conference cost £40 (for coaches who are registered coaches and have taken a UKA coaching or leadership qualification) or £55 (for other coaches).

This year the conference website is hosted on and is linked to the UK National Coaching Database, so all registered UK coaches can receive professional development credit for attending. To pay the reduced £40 delegate fee, registered UK coaches will need to know their coach license number and have up to date contact information.

To book your place via CLICK HERE

If you are having problems logging on contact the Administration team on 028 9060 2707 select Administration (option 1) and then General Administration (option 1) or We will need to know your full name, date of birth and current email address.

Any club wishing to purchase a number of spaces on behalf of their club coaches should contact Laura Kerr.


Daily Schedule


09.15 Registration & Refreshments

09.45 Introduction: Tom Crick

10.00 KEYNOTE: Alan Richardson - Fulfilling the potential of youth athletes

11.30 Coffee Break

11.45 Workshop 1

  • Presenter A: Jonas Dodoo - Speed development
  • Presenter B: Andy Hobdell – Marathon

13.15 Lunch

14.00 Workshop 2

  • Presenter C: Jonas Dodoo – Acceleration and max velocity
  • Presenter D: Richard Rodgers & Tom Reynolds – Prepration for Steeplechase

15.30 Coffee Break

15.45 Workshop 3

  • Presenter E: Kelly Sotherton - Preparation for combined events
  • Presenter F: Alan Richardson - Pole Vault

17:15 Conclusion & Finish



Conference Speakers

The following conference speakers have already been confirmed with more to be announced in the coming weeks.



Alan Richardson - Pole Vault and Talent Development

image-alanrichardson.jpgAlan is currently Director of Athletics as Millfield School in Somerset. The school offers some of the best sports facilities in England and has a dedicated Athletics youth development programme, which aims to attract the UK's most talented youth and junior athletes. Alan joined Millfield School from British Athletics where he acted as Event Group lead for the jumps and combined events. Prior to this Alan had worked as national Pole Vault Coach leading into the London Olympics where he led and coached the UK's Olympic Pole Vault programme. From 2012 to 2015 he also acted as head coach and team leader for the Great Britain under 20 teams at both World and European Championships as well as being named as head coach for field events for the England Commonwealth Games team in 2014.
His current role at Millfield school sees him lead a team of coaches in developing and running a programme for athletes aged 13-18 ranging from participation based introductory coaching through to those competing at junior international level while also leading on coach education for the 35 professional coaches across all sports at Millfield. 



Andy Hobdell

Image-AndyHobdell.jpgBased out of St Mary's University in Twickenham, Andy is the coach to leading Northern Irish marathon runners Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward. He has coached ten British and Irish internationals to Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth finals both indoor and outdoors on the track, and to World and Olympic qualifiers on the road. His athletes boast multiple national titles and medals from 800m up to marathon and cross country. Andy has also coached Dream Mile winner Andy Baddeley to a 3.49 mile, and a number one world ranking over that distance.



Jonas Dodoo

Jonas Dodoo is a graduate of the British Athletics Elite Apprentice Coach Programme which ran for four years in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics, working with world renowned coaches Dan Pfaff and Stuart McMillan, who now work at Altis in Phoenix Arizona. His experience in sport is not limited to Athletics, as he has worked with rugby for several years.



Richard Rodgers

Richard is the long time coach of breakthrough Steeplechaser Kerry O’Flaherty. In 2015 Kerry attended the Beijing World Championships and also set a Northern Irish record in the Steeplechase. In 2016 Kelly qualified for the Rio Olympic Games for Ireland. Richard was a founding member of Newcastle AC in 1981, where he still assists many athletes including Seamus Lynch and Shalene McMurray who recently made their Northern Irish Cross Country debut in Greenmount.



Tom Reynolds

Tom is Athletics NI’s Athlete Development Lead and coaches athletes across a variety of events. He coached his brother Ben Reynolds to the Northern Ireland record in the 110m Hurdles and in 2014 began working with Richard Rodgers to improve Kerry O’Flaherty’s hurdling technique.



Kelly Sotherton

Kelly Sotherton made her name on the international stage when she won bronze in the heptathlon at the 2004 Olympic Games before going on to win Commonwealth Gold In 2006 and World bronze in 2007. Kelly was also a talented 400m runner and represented GB and NI in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2008 Olympic Games. Since retiring from Athletics in 2012, Kelly has taken up coaching and works with a number of up and coming athletes at Birmingham Alexander Stadium. In addition to her coaching role Kelly is involved with sports governance and sits on the IAAF Women’s Committee and the UKA anti-doping committee. She is also the Birchfield Harriers’ team manager for the UK Women’s League and was GB team staff for European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia.


Previous Conferences

Many of the presentations and slides from previous conferences are available on Athletics NI's dedicated coaching website

2015 Conference

The 2015 conference featured presentations from:

  • Tony Hadley (Athlete Development and the 400m)
  • Richard Wheater (Hurdles and Elite Coaching Environments)
  • Femi Akinsanya (Plyometrics for Jumpers)
  • Dave Rowland (Strength and Conditioning for the throws)
  • Jared Deacon (Strength and Conditioning for endurance)

All the presentations and notes can be found on HERE.

2014 Conference

The 2014 conference featured presentations from:

  • Tom Crick (Athlete development and the sprints)
  • Barry Fudge (Sports science support of Mo Farah)
  • Fuzz Ahmed (High jump training)
  • Paula Dunn (Paralympic preparations)

All the presentations and notes can be found on HERE.