Open Endurance Training Day

20 September 2016

Following the success of last year’s NI and Ulster relay and endurance squads, Athletics NI are pleased to announce they will be trialing the introduction of ‘Open’ training opportunities for both athletes and coaches during 2016.

Director of Coaching & Athlete Development Tom Crick explained, “When it comes to athlete development the evidence is mounting that success at age group events is a poor predictor of future senior potential. Instead talent ID research is becoming increasingly focused on the psychological factors that underpin long term success, which include ambition and long term perseverance. Therefore, one of our key guiding principles is to open up our athlete development offering to wider audience so that ambitious athletes who have yet to break through can gain access to similar opportunities to their peers who are currently performing at a higher level.”

During 2016 there will be several ‘Open’ initiatives ranging from an open version of Youth Academy to open Squads.

The first opportunity of this kind is an ‘Open Endurance Training Day’ that runs from 09:00 to 18:30, alongside the first Ulster & NI Endurance Squad, on Saturday 01 October 2016.

The venue is the Share Discovery Village in Lisnaskea near Upper Lough Erne and the training day is open to any athletes living in Ulster who are born between the 1st January 1997 and 31st December 2001 and have the permission of their coach to attend.

The price for the day is £40, which includes transfers between the venue and local running routes. Athletes will need to bring a packed lunch and snacks with them as food may not be available at the venue. Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis and be capped at 20 athletes.

The day begins with a practical workshop on co-ordination and mobility, followed by a training session after lunch. It then concludes with a lifestyle workshop before departure. Like all other events run by Athletics NI personal coaches are encouraged to attend and there will be a separate afternoon workshop specifically aimed at coaches. The day is free to attend for all Coaches.

“The Open Endurance Training Day will allow athletes who were not selected for this year’s Ulster & NI Endurance Squads to get a feel for what the squad days are all about”, said Tom Crick. “We hope that the experience will inspire those that attend to stay focused and strive to achieve selection for next year’s squads.”


Athletes and coaches who are eligible to attend can book and pay HERE 


Keep up to date with all the latest information on Open Squads and Training Days HERE.