Lough­bor­ough hosts in­ter­na­tional coach­ing event

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THE In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Ath­let­ics Coach­ing (IFAC) 2019 will take place at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity on Jan­uary 4-6 and for­mer na­tional coach Frank Dick says it will be “a great way for coaches to raise en­ergy lev­els af­ter the fes­tive sea­son cel­e­bra­tions and launch their learn­ing pro­gramme for the new year”.

The elite ath­lete cen­tre and HiPAC on the cam­pus will host three days of ses­sions, each with dif­fer­ent coach­ing fo­cus, at what is the Eu­ro­pean Ath­let­ics Coaches’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s main an­nual event.

It brings to­gether the finest coach­ing and per­for­mance ex­perts in the world and of­fers a wide range of high value work­shops ap­peal­ing to coaches of all dis­ci­plines in ath­let­ics and to many across all sports.

Fri­day Jan­uary 4 is tech­ni­cal skills day with a fo­cus on how tech­nol­ogy and per­for­mance sci­ence is in­te­grated to in­form coach de­ci­sion mak­ing, what tech­nol­ogy is avail­able and how to use it ef­fec­tively in coach­ing and on im­prov­ing per­for­mance.

Speak­ers in­clude Steve Ingham, per­for­mance sci­en­tist for Jes­sica En­nis-Hill and Steve Red­grave, plus Team Sky nutri­tion­ist James Mor­ton and Com­mon­wealth shot medal­list Shaun Pick­er­ing.

Satur­day Jan­uary 5 is a prac­ti­cal work­shop day with Mar­tin Bingisser talk­ing about func­tional strength and con­di­tion­ing, while coaches like Jerome Simian, the strength and con­di­tion­ing coach for de­cathlon world record-breaker Kevin Mayer, to­gether with Jonas Dodoo (fea­tured in this is­sue of

AW) lead­ing work­shops.

Sun­day Jan­uary 6 is the peo­ple skills day with Gunter Lange’s ex­pe­ri­ence of na­tional and club coach­ing struc­tures around the world part of the pro­gramme. Then, the power of women in coach­ing and lead­er­ship is the fo­cus of a fire­side chat hosted by Baroness Sue Camp­bell.

Baroness Sue Camp­bell: ‘fire­side chat’

Shaun Pick­er­ing: among the speak­ers

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