‘Extending the Reach of Talent Development’: A Coach Development Series

Athletics Northern Ireland are delighted to launch a series of Coach Development Workshops and Webinars, beginning in January 2022. Details of each of the webinars/ workshops included so far in the series, can be found below:


Webinar – Supporting the Identification & Unique Physical Preparation Needs of Para Athletes

Sam Heathcote & Joe McDonnell – Hosted by Laura Kerr

Thursday 24th March 2022 8:00pm – 9:15pm



Northern Ireland, home to 4x Paralympic Champions Jason Smyth (T13) & Michael McKillop (T37), has a rich history of Paralympic success. As we look ahead to Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028, Athletics NI hopes to see the next generation of Para athletes and coaches emerge and grasp opportunities to compete locally, nationally and on the global stage.

In this webinar, Sam Heathcote (lead Paralympic S&C coach for Para Athletics at the English Institute of Sport) and Joe McDonnell (multiple medal winning Great Britain Paralympic coach) will discuss:

  • Identifying future Paralympic medallists
  • The Paralympic Pathway: specialising, peaking & talent transfer
  • Identifying & coaching potential para athletes in club settings
  • Unique needs & opportunities of both para athletes & their coaches
  • Training considerations for amputee athletes & those with cerebral palsy or visual impairment

The webinar, hosted by Athletics NI Talent Lead Laura Kerr, will be relevant for any athletics coach, regardless of whether they have coaching experience with para athletes or not. Parents of para athletes may also find this useful.

Cost & Registration

Cost: Free

Register Here

Workshop – Maximum Velocity & Speed Endurance Training for 100m & 200m

Amy Foster

Sunday 27th March 2022, 12pm – 3pm

Mary Peters Track, Belfast


Northern Ireland 100m & 200m Record Holder, and 3x Commonwealth Games Athlete, Amy Foster will deliver a Speed Development Workshop on Sunday 27th March, 2022 focusing on:

  • Amy’s philosophy and experience of training physical qualities and mechanics for maximum velocity sprinting
  • Introducing and progressing speed endurance training for teenage athletes
  • Training prescription: integration of volume, load and intensity within session planning
  • Common misconceptions within speed development

During an accomplished 17-year career as a sprinter, Amy achieved junior success with a European Youth Olympics Silver Medal in the 100m before making a successful transition from junior to senior success under the guidance of coach David Reid, qualifying for the World Junior Championships, World Student Games, World Indoors and 3 Commonwealth Games Semi Finals. Amy, who is now Athletics Northern Ireland’s Academies Manager, will reflect on her distinguished career and the key elements of training that remained constant throughout.

This workshop is aimed at coaches of junior sprinters aged 14+. Athletes may register to attend with their coach and at the point of registration should identify if they wish to take part in physical demonstrations during the workshop.

Cost & Registration Link:

  • £15 ANI Registered Member/Coach
  • £20 Non-ANI Registered Member/Coach

Register Here