At BGAC we pride ourselves in having a wide range of fully qualified and DBS checked coaches, who dedicate their time and effort into helping all our athletes to fulfil their full potential. We are fortunate to have a large team of volunteer coaches that help week in week out in the club throughout the year and in all weathers, on the track, off road or in the school sports hall.
Generally around the age of 14, young athletes may have found that they excel and have a particular interest in a specific track or field event. However early specialisation is not advisable for young athletes so we would encourage a multi distance approach for our younger athletes. Athletes within our event coaching groups typically compete for the club and many at higher levels such as county and national level. They are expected to compete for the club whenever they are selected and available.
Coaching is available in the following disciplines:
Middle Distance – 800m – 1500m – 3000m – cross country
Sprints – 60m – 75m – 100m – 150m – 200m – 300m – 400m
Hurdles – 70m – 75m – 80m – 100m – 110m– 300m – 400m
Jumps – Long Jump – High Jump
Throws – Shot – Discuss – Javelin
U11s - Running - jumping - throwing - team games
BGAC Endurance Coaching Team
Our endurance coaches include Luke Morris (L2), Darran Steadman and Kate Moore who follow a structured training plan incorporating middle distance, cross country, road running and core strength disciplines. The team welcome runners of all abilities from ages 9 and above who wish to run over distances of 800 metres upwards, whether this be on the track, road or cross-country.
BGAC Sprinting Coaching Team
Our sprinting coaches include Chris Davies (L2), Neal Price (L2), Gavin Cunvin, Paul Dullea and Amie Symes who follow a structured training plan incorporating sprinting, hurdling and core strength disciplines.
BGAC Under 11s and Under 9s Coaching Team
Our juniors coaches include Gareth Richards (L2), Beth-Ann Clayton (L2), Hayley Jones, Caroline Thomas, Rachel Dennington, Jaycee Penny and Rhian Jennings. The under 11s are encouraged to take part in various different events including sprinting, distance running, long jump, javelin and they will also have the chance to learn general racing techniques.
BGAC Field Coaching Team
Our throwing and jumping coaches include Ken Murphy, John Gould, Phoebe Brown and Neal Price who specialise in events such as javelin, hammer throwing, shot, discus, long jump and high jump.
Committee Members: Carolyn Key (Chair), Sindy Corley (Secretary), Keri Gould (Treasurer), Caroline Thomas (Deputy Chair)
BGAC also have other dedicated volunteers who along with the coaches, help provide the care and support for the well being of our athletes