Alan Richardson presents secrets to junior success at 2016 Coaching Conference

04 October 2016

Former British Athletics Jumps and Combined Events Lead Alan Richardson is set to present at the 2016 Athletics NI Coaching Conference that will take place on Saturday 08th October at University of Ulster Jordanstown with registration opening at 09:15.

Alan will deliver a specialist practical workshop for Pole Vault coaches, tailored to the needs of the attendees on the day. He will also present his top tips on creating a world class youth development programme based on his recent experience as Director of Athletics for Millfield School in Somerset. The school offers a cutting edge Athletics programme that sends numerous athletes to the English Schools every year and away on international duties.

Director of Coaching and Athlete Development Tom Crick said, ‘Alan has coached athletes from grass roots to senior international success. While best known as a Pole Vault coach he also coaches across numerous other events. I follow @millfieldtrack on Twitter and am always impressed with the variety of exercises in their programme and the quality of their athlete’s movement skills. Millfield goes to show that you can win at the highest level in age group competition while employing a diversified training environment conducive to long term senior success.’

This year’s high calibre conference line up also includes sub 10 second sprints coach and rugby speed consultant Jonas Dodoo, Olympic, World and Commonwealth medallist Kelly Sotherton, endurance guru Andy Hobdell - who steered Northern Irish Marathon Olympians Paul Pollock and Kevin Seaward to Rio. A little closer to home, Northern Ireland’s Performance Coach of the Year Richard Rodger and Athletics NI’s Tom Reynolds will discuss the preparation of Steeplechase Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty for the Rio Olympics.

The University of Ulster Jordanstown is located only 20 minutes from the Belfast City Centre and close to both Belfast International and Belfast City Airports. The conference costs £40 for coaches who have taken a UKA coaching or leadership qualification and £55 for other coaches.

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