Loughborough hosts international coaching event
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