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Tom Crick to leave Athletics Northern Ireland

06 January 2017

Director of Coaching and Athlete Development Tom Crick is to leave Athletics Northern Ireland for a new role in Qatar.

Tom joined Athletics Northern Ireland in July 2015 to help the organisation create a compelling vision for the sport in Northern Ireland. As the result of his team’s hard work, the sport recently received a significant uplift in support from Sport Northern Ireland through their submission to the Sporting Clubs and Sporting Winners investment programmes, which runs from 2017 until 2021. However, he has recently been appointed Head of Athletics at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.

“The team at Athletics Northern Ireland is made up of some of the hardest working and most passionate individuals I have ever had the privilege of working with,” said Tom.

“Even before my arrival they were laying the foundations for our 2017-2021 funding submission to Sport Northern Ireland, which has seen the sport gain significant additional investment to support our rapidly growing membership base and the performance athletes that will represent us at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

“I will miss the people I have had the pleasure of meeting since my arrival very much and I hope to return in the not too distant future to pass on the knowledge I will gain as part of my new role.”

“I wish the Athletics Northern Ireland team, as well as the athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers that make the sport possible all the best in the future.”

Tom was formally the Professional Development Manager for British Athletics from 2009-2015 where he founded uCoach, now the world’s largest dedicated online Athletics coaching resource, and led the British Athletics Elite Apprentice Coach Programme. Prior to his arrival in Northern Ireland he was also a coach at Loughborough University where he worked with athletes on both the Olympic and Paralympic pathways.

Commenting on Tom’s move, Athletics Northern Ireland General Secretary John Allen said, “On behalf of Athletics Northern Ireland, I would like to thank Tom for his hard work and dedication, and he will be greatly missed. The strategic and operational changes he instigated means that we are well prepared for the future and it is very gratifying that Sport Northern Ireland have shown such confidence in our strategy and plans for the coming 4 year funding cycle.”

“Tom leaves the sport in very good health and we wish him all the best for this exciting opportunity.”

Tom will remain in position at Athletics Northern Ireland until early February.