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Planning for the future of Jumps
10 Oct 2005 17:26
UK Athletics held the first ever Conference for Jumps at Alexander Stadium on Sunday 9 October, supported by 90 coaches across the UK. The main theme for the day was planning and debating the future of the event group in Great Britain.

Dave Young, Chair of Event Management Group introduced the conference and spoke about the importance of bringing everyone together to discuss the future of jumps; former UK Athletics President David Hemery then gave an inspiring keynote speech. Hemery talked about applying the principles of good business to athletics coaching and moving the sport forwards.

The four National Event Coaches, Peter Sutcliffe (Pole Vault), John Crotty (Long Jump), Frank Attoh (Triple Jump) and Terry Lomax (High Jump) gave an honest overview of their individual events, highlighting the differences between performance standards across the World compared with the UK.

Delegates then had a chance to debate the issues raised by the National Event Coaches in three different workshops and consider the way forward. In particular, coaches discussed the competition needs and coaching issues.

To conclude the conference, a panel comprising Performance Director Dave Collins, Director of Athlete Development Zara Hyde-Peters and Aston Moore, newly appointed Senior Performance Manager for Field Events answered questions from the coaches.

Ray Webb, a Pole Vault Coach based in Birmingham said:

David Hemery was superb, his speech was well received by everyone. We really needed more time to discuss the issues with our event groups that was the only disappointment. But it was useful to meet the new national event coaches and give some feedback.

"Event specific conferences are very useful, I have attended similar events in the Midlands and a Pole Vault Conference in Bolton previously that was excellent.”

Aston Moore reflected on a successful conference:

“Overall the conference gave everyone the chance to actually talk to the national event coaches and get some direction. It is important for coaches to buy into the process and feel part of the national programmes. The day got off to a great start with David Hemery, he set the scene on how we can develop coaching styles across the jumps.

Moore added: “The conference could definitely be repeated in the future, we need to evaluate the feedback and plan the best way forward, working together.”

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