Emerging Talent Coaches Programme

Emerging Talent Coaches Programme (Pilot)

Athletics NI provide access to bursary awards for emerging coaches to further their formal learning through the British Athletics Coaching Pathway. These coaches are linked with a suitable mentor and are expected to deliver on one of the ANI initivatives for talented athletes. The coaches selected will also have the opportunity to join the Talent Coaches Network for monthly workshops. The coaches being supported in 2015 are:

Roger Sexton received a bursary to complete his Athletics Coach Award this year. Roger is linked with Tom Reynolds as his mentor. He provides pathway for sprinters emerging from the Rising Stars Talent Identification programme in the North Down area to continue their training under his guidance at North Down AC.

Michael O'Connor received a bursary to complete his Event Group Qualification in jumps. Michael delivers on Image-MichaelOConnorCoaching.jpgthe Belfast Rising Stars programme and is working closely with Laura Kerr (throws) and Francis O'Hagan (Middle Distance) with a view to specialising in coaching multi-eventers. Michael is based at St Coleman's Track, Newry and has been attending the Talent Coaches Network throughout the year. 

Image-DeanAdamsCoaching.jpgDean Adams is responsible for identifying talented young athletes in the Antrim/Newtownabbey area and coaching them within the Rising Stars Antrim Squad. Dean works closely with Ballymena and Antrim AC delivering on their fundamentals programme as well as with the Rising Stars group which is now embedded within the club. This squad has seen a number of young sprinters collecting medals at the Ulster Juvenille Championships this year. Dean also draws on expertise from his UK Strength and Conditioning Qualifications to work with the Youth Academy S&C group on a weekly basis and will use support from the Emerging Coaches Programme to begin his Event Group Qualification in Sprints & Hurdles. 

Lyn Fisher received a bursary to complete her Athletics Coach Qualification and has been mentored in the areaImage-LynFisherCoaching.jpg of physical preparation by Laura Kerr. Lyn is an advocate of the mulit-event approach fro young athletes and as well as delivering on the Rising Stars programme at the Unversity of Ulster Lyn also coaches with Lisburn AC. Lyn assists both Tom Reynolds and Rhiannon Rose with a large group of Youth Academy Athletes and has attended all the Talent Coaches Network events this year. 

Paul McAlister is a North Belfast Harriers Coach working with a number of talented young athletes who have progressed from a multi events environment to his Middle and Long Distance Squad. Paul will receive a coaching bursary this year to complete his Coach in Running Fitness Qualification and begin work on his Endurance Event Group Qualification. Paul will be mentored specifically on the technical model for Endurance Running and Conditioning for youth athletes. 


Adam McMullen received a bursary to complete his Athletics Coach Qualification this year. Adam is an experienced long jumper (recent PB of 7.80m) with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and aims to pass on some of his learning to the next generation of jumpers in Northern Ireland. Specifcially Adam assists with weekly delivery of strength and plyometrics for our Youth Academy jumpers. 

Alan Kennedy received a bursary this year to complete his Athletics Coach Award and will now pursue his Event Group Qualification in Jumps. Alan coached Adam McMullen to a jump of 7.80m at the European Indoor Championships this year and continues to design his training programme as well as supporting other young sprinters/jumpers. Adam will share his learning by delivering a plyometrics workshop for the Talent Coaches Network. 

Allister Woods has recently become a Coach Education Tutor for Athletics NI. As well as delivering the Athletics 365 Syllabus on the Belfast Rising Stars programme and within several clubs. He has recently been delivering on Athletics NI's Parallel Success programme for Talented Athletes on the Paralympic Pathway. Allister will continue to specialise in this area and in particular hopes to develop the programme for talented wheelchair racers in Northern Ireland.