Summer Athletic Development Camp 5-6 August 2019

22 June 2019

Summer Athletic Development Camp 5-6 August 2019

Ellie McCartney (Youth Academy- Jim Alexander) Irish U20 Pole Vault Record Holder

This summer, Athletics NI will offer an Athletic Development Camp for young people aged 14+, welcoming those from within our sport as well as team sports and games players.   The camp will be led by Dean Adams, Amy Foster, Laura Kerr and Allister Woods with separate strands for Speed/Power, Middle Distance/Endurance performers as well as Multi Event Athletes and Multi Directional /Games players.

Athletics Northern Ireland's Youth Academy and Speed-Power Academy sessions are based on principles of movement competency, physical robustness, speed development and running efficiency. Through our Academy initiatives we aim to raise the potential of young athletes and their coaches by equipping them with the physical skills, mindset and performance behaviours to reach their full potential.  Over the past 5 years the top teenage athletes from across the country have come together for weekly track and gym based sessions. 

We aim to produce the most physically prepared young athletes in the UK and believe that improving general physical preparation: speed, power and elasticity, will enhance the potential for technical/sport specific development.


Educational session options at this summer’s camp will include:

  • Acceleration Mechanics
  • Upright Running Mechanics
  • Injury Prevention for Endurance Running/Endurance Athletes
  • Daily Wellness & Monitoring for Middle Distance/Endurance Athletes

Training session options will include:

  • Acceleration drills and resisted accelerations
  • Introductory plyometrics to increase reactivity and decrease ground contact time
  • Upright Running Drills
  • Field Based Speed/Power Assessments
  • Foot & Lower Limb Strengthening Exercises
  • Introduction to primal movement & basic gymnastics for multi-event athletes/team sport players
  • Introduction to safely loading foundational movements in the gym including: Squat, Lunge, Hinge, Push, Pull
  • Lumbo-pelvic control                               


This camp would be ideal for athletes hoping to progress to Athletics Northern Ireland's Youth Academy/Speed Power Academy or those graduating from regional Rising Stars programmes (aged 14+) and taking the next steps to condition more specifically for athletics. Youth Academy and Speed Power Academy are the next tier of the Athlete Development Pathway after Rising Stars, for athletes progressing towards senior success. Content delivered in all of the sessions underpins elite sports training and will also be relevant for any performer aiming to enhance their athletic development.  Athletics Northern Ireland welcome athletes from any sport who would like to improve their running mechanics, plyometrics or physical conditioning.


Camp Details

Date:               Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th August

Time:               10am-2pm

Location:         Ulster University Athletics Area, Jordanstown

Cost:                £20 per day or £30 for both days

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