Athletics NI Invite Sprinters & Team Sport Players to Easter Speed Development Camp

03 April 2019

Athletics NI Invite Sprinters & Team Sport Players to Easter Speed Development Camp

Athletics Northern Ireland would like to extend an invitation to young sprinters across the country as well as team sport and games players who would like to improve their speed to the Easter Speed Development camp on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th April at Ulster University, Jordanstown.

Recently North Down Sprinter & Commonwealth Youth Games 200m Champion Aaron Sexton has been making waves in the Rugby World.  On duty for Ulster Rugby’s A team in the Celtic Cup game versus Cardiff, Ulster revealed on social media that the 17 year old sprinter clocked a top speed of 10.5m/s (37.8km/h), the fastest speed ever recorded by an Ulster player in a match.   

Coach Development Lead for Athletics Northern Ireland Laura Kerr has experience working with soccer, volleyball and NFL players and explained: “Speed is a critical factor for performance across a range of sports and this camp led by Dean Adams, a member of the Northern Ireland record breaking 4x100m Relay Team and Amy Foster, Commonwealth Games 100m & 200m Semi Finalist, will allow athletes to focus on critical positions for acceleration and maximum velocity running as well as decelerating and changing direction."

"We look forward to working with athletes from a range of sports and I believe our expert coaching team at Athletics NI are in a strong position to share our philosophy on speed development for the benefit of all sports in Northern Ireland.”

The camp is open to teenagers aged 14-18 years old with Day 1 focusing on linear speed and Day 2 focusing on multi directional speed development.

Each athlete/player will go away with their own performance profiling card detailing electronic times for:

  • 20m acceleration
  • Flying 10m
  • Left to right side differences in turning speed
  • Repeated sprint ability
  • Agility test

The  team at Athletics NI have prepared a programme of activity that not only allows athletes/players to test themselves but that will educate them on how to apply various training methods to balance stride length and stride frequency to increase their speed.  Across the 2 days athletes will be introduced to running drills, resisted running and  range of plyometrics to increase reactivity and reduce ground contact times. Sports coaches wishing to attend the camp for their own professional development are also welcome to enroll.

Date: 26th & 27th April

Time: 9.45-1pm

Venue:  Ulster University Jordanstown Indoor Track

Cost- Day 1 (Linear Speed) & Day 2 (Multi Directional Speed) : £30

Cost- For Day 1 or Day 2 Only: £20


For any more information, or any queries about the camp, please contact Laura Kerr at: