Athletics club in need of more coaches after Olympic boost

October 02 2013

AN Athletics Club is searching for more coaches as more young people look to follow in the footsteps of Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah’s. In the wake of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Yate & District Athletics Club has seen a large increase in membership and now is at a point where it will have to start turning new members away as it doesn’t have enough introductory level coaches.

AN Athletics Club is searching for more coaches as more young people look to follow in the footsteps of Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah’s. 

In the wake of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Yate & District Athletics Club has seen a large increase in membership and now is at a point where it will have to start turning new members away as it doesn’t have enough introductory level coaches. 

The club is one of the most successful clubs in the South Gloucestershire area and has a reputation for helping to develop national level athletes. 

Yvette Westwood is one example of this. She joined the club when she was 11 and has developed with the help of the coaches at the club to win two silver medals at the recent under-15’s Midland Championships. 

To overcome the lack of coaches Yate & District Athletics Club, with the help of the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport), held an open evening for people who are interested in becoming a voluntary coach. 

The evening gave individuals a taste of what the club is like and helped people find out more about the free introductory coaching qualification that Wesport are offering to anyone who wants to help the club. 

Mark Lodge, Head Coach at Yate & District Athletics Club said:

“I would hate to see the club get to the point where we would have to turn people away. We have such a friendly and fun club here and it is such a joy to see how the beginner athletes improve with just a small amount of coaching”.

 “I hope we can find a few local individuals who want to help out their local community athletics club and keep the Olympic and Paralympic flame alive.”

If you want to find out more information you can contact Richard Colman on 0117 328 6266 or email coaching@wesport.org.uk.