Number of records found: 35
Understanding Autism Workshop on Wed 27 Jan 2016
I day workshop on 27th Jan 2016 at Rotherham Leisure centre. Details in the events > events / courses section of the web site - 47

Rotherham Womens team at the Northern 4 stage relays Jade Allen pictured far left

New placement Student joins network on Thu 06 Dec 2012

Jade Allen pictured far left is joining the network from December until March as part of her work placement with her university course at High Melton.

Jade will be working with the network and the coach sub group which could involve club visits. - 46

SYAN Coach CPD System on Thu 02 Aug 2012
The South Yorkshire Athletics network have become an affiliate of coachingsysport. This is an online 'one stop shop' for coaches in south yorkshire. Coaches can communicate and meet with coaches from other sports and learn from their experiences, provides coaches access to training courses, coach updates and news stories from across the area and new information from the coaching landscape. It allows coaches the opportunity to link with different organisations that may offer coaching and volunteering opportunities as well as providing an online system for coaches to log their coaching hours and keeping their coaching CV updated, with reminders when qualifications may expire.

The target set with the CSP for the networks affiliate for the first 12 months was 50 coaches, in just over 3 months the network has got 46.

For coaches who would like to register please got to:

As part of your registration please make sure you click on to affiliate box on the second page, and tick the South Yorkshire Athletics Network box – this will enable you to access the course bursaries where applicable – and click save at the bottom. - 45

QuadKids pop up in South Yorkshire on Fri 06 Jul 2012
On Saturday 23rd July the South Yorkshire Athletics Network coordinated an under 11s QuadKids event on the Pop up Arena, sited at Newfield School.

The morning saw 40 under 11s from across the county take part in all four athletics events rotating in groups around each of the activities. All athletes had their performances recorded, and results are currently being compiled. The event was supported by a few SYCAA officials who enabled the event to take place, and run smoothly.

It was a great opportunity for the 6 track and field clubs in the county to come together, and compete against each other using the Pop up Arena surface. All athletes received a goody bag and certificate on the day.

One parent said “This has been fantastic, and was an enjoyable experience for their athlete”. Another added, “This opportunity should take place more often between the clubs in the county”. - 44
The Club was introduced to the 365 assessment system in the autumn of last year; the first action was to consult our 30 strong coaching team about how we take this forward. We decided that we would target our under 11 members but only those who wish to compete for the Club, following a mail-shot of 87 under 11 members 10 agreed to compete.

To meet an eventual roll out of the assessment system a number of our coaches, at different levels within the Club, attended the England Athletic Workshop. The Club Chairman also attended to oversee the implementation and provide financial support.

The next step was to purchase the assessment equipment and brief the parents and members. Our under 11 coaches, Dominic Maddison, Martin Boyd and Martin Godfrey agreed to lead the sessions. Once the coaches had looked in detail at the process they designed their own assessment sheets and agreed that they would start with one 45 minute session a month, starting in April this year. Things have moved on in this short period with more detail being introduced, longer sessions and an outdoor and indoor model.

To create a focus for the Squad the Club has purchased a smart hoody-top, this has already had the desired effect of coaches and other athletes asking questions about the 365 system, with more under 11 members already expressing interest in competing.

In September we look to develop an advanced model to put our elite athletes through a tough session, in preparation for a full Club roll out in 2013. Over time we aim to assess whether this system has any impact upon competition performance.
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Wombwell Sporting AC countdown to London 2012 with club accredition on Fri 27 Apr 2012
Wombwell Sporting AC was one of 190 clubs to host a 100 Days to Go event. The come and try session was delivered by Wombwell coaches and was aimed at bringing new athletes into the club.

Both new and existing members was given the opportunity to try a run, jump and throw. Despite the rain 20 athletes braved the poor weather conditions and enjoyed the challenges set by the coaches. As the Yorkshire weather turned from bad to worse the sessions moved inside where athletes was set a number of Athletics 365 challenges.

An additional bonus to the event was the presentation of Wombwell Sporting AC club accreditation award by Club and Coach Support Officer, Emma Brady. Emma Brady commented, “Wombwell Sporting AC have worked hard over the last 12 months to achieve Accredited Club status. By going through the club accreditation process, Wombwell Sporting AC have put in place a number of policies and procedures that will help drive the club forward over the next 3 years. A big thank you, to Janette Tomlins on behalf of the club and England Athletics in pulling this work together” - 42
Leading the Way in South Yorkshire, The first Run England leader’s workshop takes place at EIS in Sheffield 28th March on Mon 02 Apr 2012
March 2012 saw Run England group leaders from across South Yorkshire come together and attend the first leader’s workshop in the region. Hosted by the South Yorkshire Athletics Network at the Sheffield EIS and presented by Run England Area Coordinator Craig Blain and Local Activator Emma Slater Clayton, the workshop provided all leaders a great opportunity to share good practice and bounce ideas of how to further develop their group and individual runners as well as having the Run England team there to update on future developments to the programme and to answer any specific questions or requests the leaders had.
Run England group Strideout said, “Thanks for inviting us along to the leaders evening, the Strideout Team found the workshop very useful, especially getting a chance to speak to other group leaders”
The two hour workshop covered a wide range of topics and information including an overview of the Run England programme as well as sharing some research into understanding the typical Run England customer, but most importantly the workshop helped the leaders develop through sharing experiences and examples from their groups to develop a best practice model.
Craig Blain Run England Area Coordinator said, “This workshop is hoped to be the first of many in South Yorkshire to help support the group leaders and in turn the Run England members. It is of paramount importance that we are able to provide the tools the leaders require and these workshops are a brilliant opportunity to develop things with leaders who are going to use them”
Ashley Little - South Yorkshire Athletics Network Coordinator also took the opportunity to come along and distribute some useful resources to the group leaders including a leader’s high vis running bib and some running diaries for members to use in tracking their progress with the group. Ashley Said “This workshop was the first in the area, and allowed for the leaders to gain some useful resources which were provided for by the network in their year 2 plan. The South Yorkshire athletics Network would like to provide support to Run England leaders & groups as well as the clubs it currently supports to build an athletics infrastructure within the county”
On a sadder note, the workshop was the last piece of work for Local Activator Emma Slater Clayton who has secured a full time role working with Activity Sheffield as part of Sheffield City Council. Emma said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the Run England programme in South Yorkshire and wish all the leaders every success in the continued success of their groups and the programme, after all I am a Run England leader myself”.
All in all the Run England leaders workshop was a success and it is hope further workshops can be planned for the summer of 2012 with all South Yorkshire leaders invited along yet again.
For more information on Run England please visit our website: or contact your Run England Area Coordinator Craig Blain on

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15 Newly Qualified Officials on Wed 14 Mar 2012
After high demand, on the 11th of March 2012 the South Yorkshire Athletics Network arranged a Level 2 Technical Officials’ Course at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, Cudworth alongside SYCAA Officials Secretary Terry Bailey.

This event was well attended with 15 delegates registering to attend the Timekeeping, Track Judging or Field Judging courses. Each course consisted of Health & Safety and Generic Modules in the morning with the delegates then splitting up to undertake their Discipline Specific Module in the afternoon.

The delegates came from South Yorkshire (12), West Yorkshire (1), Humberside (1) and Derbyshire (1).

In addition, 2 further existing technical officials from South Yorkshire attended the Health & Safety Module only, to add to their qualification.

SYAN has 12 newly qualified level 2 technical officials within the county, which will be on the SYCAA database to support with county wide events.
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Enjoyable Evening with Bud Baldaro on Tue 13 Mar 2012
On Wednesday 7th of March 2012, 6.30-8pm at EIS, Sheffield, the South Yorkshire Athletics Network ran An Evening with… Bud Baldaro. The evening was a great success with 24 people in attendance, all taking away something with them.

Bud delivered an informal presentation on Training programmes for performance at 10k and half marathon with reference to interval training and tapering for races. Followed by a question and answer session with coaches from the SY road running community.

Bud Baldero is an England Athletics National Coach Mentor for Endurance. Bud is one of the country's top middle and long distance running coaches with more than 20 year’s experience in coaching athletes at all levels. A former national marathon coach, Bud now works as a national coach mentor for England Athletics and is athletics coach to the University of Birmingham team. Bud has coached Olympians, Commonwealth medalists, World & European champions and several UK record breakers. His depth of knowledge and ability to motivate is second to none.

One attendee said: “It was an excellent evening; I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it hugely beneficial”.

Another said: “It was a really enjoyable evening”.

The next coach development opportunity organised by the network is the second South Yorkshire Coaches Day taking place on Saturday 24th of March at EIS, Sheffield 9.30am-3pm. The day will begin with a workshop on learning disabilities for the morning, followed by a lunch break, with the follow up Athletics 365 workshop focusing on planning and the beginning of implementation.

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SYAN Coach Development Programme 2012 on Fri 10 Feb 2012
To continue with enhancing coaching provision, The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics network are proudly launching their coach development programme for 2011/12.

The programme is open to anyone who would like to attend the below workshops. The workshops in the programme are:

Psychology, 21/04/12, Police Club, Doncaster Centre, 10am-1pm

Injury Prevention, 26/04/12, Manvers Lake Boathouse, 6.30-9.30pm

Session Planning, 15/06/12, Herringthorpe Track 6-9pm

The workshops are £5 for SYAN members and £10 for non-SYAN members.

All workshops will be added to coaches’ licenses as continuing professional development.

Please see the events section for the downloadable flyer for more information.

Please contact the South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer Ashley Little at for more information or to book a place.
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SYAN Coaches Support Action for Blind People Event on Fri 18 Nov 2011
On Saturday 24th of September 2011 15 Actionnaires clubs from the North of England attended an action packed day of athletics at the EIS, Sheffield. This event was open to visually impaired children between the ages 4-16 registered within the 15 clubs.
8 South Yorkshire Athletics network coaches and 6 local young leaders supported the day, by running taster sessions across numerous different athletics disciplines. For the majority of coaches and leaders, they had no previous experience of working with visually impaired children. On Friday 23rd of September, Action for Blind People ran a visual awareness course to up skill the coaches and young leaders ahead of the action packed day.
The Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Event was run by charity Action for Blind People, and supported by the South Yorkshire Athletics Network.
Lesley Inganni, development manager at Action for Blind People, said: “This is the fifth year that the event has taken place. You never know, some of these children could be our Paralympians of the future.”
Both coaches and young leaders thoroughly enjoyed the day with high praise and feedback from both athletes and parents.
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Network successful in Sportivate Funding Application on Wed 27 Jul 2011
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network have been successful in their application to deliver a Sportivate project it the programmes first year of implementation.

The network submitted their application in April, applying to run 4 blocks of activity, one in each borough of the county. The total funding award is for £3784 for the delivery of four, 6 week blocks of activity, with a retention target of 10 per block.

The South Yorkshire McCain athletics network conducted an audit of the needs and wants of the local clubs, coaches, athletes & the networks schools competition sub group. From this information, it was apparent that schools are able to cater for sprinting and endurance events and can clearly signpost talented athletes into local athletics clubs. However it is the jumping and throwing disciplines that schools struggle to cater for. Due to health and safety precautions within schools, there is limited provision for students to experience jumping and throwing and therefore, the potentially talented athletes are unable to be signposted into local clubs. Athletics clubs within the area have access to the right facilities, and coaches who are fully trained in the specific disciplines; however they are struggling to find talent within schools.

The network then submitted an application form to specifically focus on Jumps and Throws, but will also cover sprinting and endurance, to enable inclusivity for all.

The blocks of activity will begin implementation the week commencing the 26th of September for a 6 week period. The sessions will be held at Herringthorpe Stadium on Mondays 4.30-6pm, Dorothy Hyman Stadium on Tuesdays 4.30 – 6pm, Keep moat Athletics Track Thursdays 4-5.30pm and EIS Sheffield on Fridays 5.30-7pm.

For more information contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer, on:

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Informative & Interesting Children with Coordination Difficulties Course in SY on Wed 29 Jun 2011
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network hosted the coach development course on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at EIS, Sheffield.

The workshop ran from 6.30pm -9.30pm and was delivered by Jo Roberts, Advanced physiotherapist from the Ryegate Children's Centre. It aimed at giving coaches an insight into the motor difficulties of mainstream school children with Coordination Disorders, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD.

The workshop began with some theoretical background behind the above conditions and then went into some practical aspects followed by an open discussion on how to make coaching sessions inclusive to this group of children.

The course proved really successful, and had glowing reports from all participants. Chris Ellis said “Time flew, the course was incredibly interesting, engaging and the tutor had an obvious depth of knowledge and experience”.

Mark Lindley from Wales High School stated “I could have listened all night, the course was really appropriate for my SEN & Autistic students”.

Carol Varns from Hallamshire Harriers said “the session was very useful in providing awareness of the types of behaviour and understanding why these types of behaviour occur, and how I can help and encourage athletes with these difficulties”.

By providing this course, the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network are moving forward to enabling the county is fully inclusive in its athletics provision.
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Successful South Yorkshire LIRF Course on Sun 26 Jun 2011
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network organised the Leadership in Running Fitness Course along with Debbie Beresford, which took place on Sunday 26th June at Newfield School.

The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network decided to organise a localized course during the launch of their Running Sub group. It was apparent that new Run England groups and local running clubs and was in need of a LIRF course for new coaches and existing coaches.

An incredible 23 attended the workshop, which was held at Newfield School, Sheffield, which the network managed to get free of charge. One attendee was Craig Blain, the new Run England North Area Coordinator. Craig commented ‘The course was really good and I was able to provide the newly qualified LIRF leaders with information on where to go next, and how they can gain local support from the Sheffield Activator’.

The course enables the attendees to deliver fun and safe sessions to multi-ability groups and give advice and support to the new runner, as well as developing pathways for those who want to progress. It focused on understanding and overcoming barriers to participation in running and how to increase participation by those not traditionally attracted to a running club.

Due to the success of this course, the Run England Activator, Emma Slater Clayton and the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network are looking to organise another course later on in the year.
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Disadvantaged Athletics Project a Great Success! on Wed 22 Jun 2011
Doncaster AC on behalf of the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network has delivered a series of athletics sessions to disadvantaged young people within Doncaster. 14 young people have been attending the four sessions which have been delivered, and are set to attend the remaining two in the nearby future.

The young people who have attended are a group who are disengaged from school and considered difficult and challenging. A small number have learning disabilities and a small number are in the care system. They are all White British, male, aged from 14/16.

The group of young people attend an organisation in Doncaster called Open Cast, who works exclusively with this particular group of service users. The feedback from the service has been really complimentary and has shown a real impact in the young peoples lives. At least four of the group has expressed an interest in continuing with their athletics and they are being encouraged in that direction.

The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network look to replicate this project I Barnsley soon.
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Children with Coordination Difficulties Course on Tue 31 May 2011
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network are hosting a coach development course on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at EIS, Sheffield.

The workshop will run from 6.30pm -9.30pm and is delivered by Jo Roberts, Advanced physiotherapist from the Ryegate Children's Centre. It aims to give coaches an insight into the motor difficulties of mainstream school children with Coordination Disorders, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD.

The workshop will discuss some theoretical background behind these conditions and some practical and open discussion on how to make coaching sessions inclusive to this group of children.

The course is being offered free to South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network coaches, and is only £20 to coaches from outside of the network.
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New Running Club Growing Every Week on Sat 21 May 2011
On Tuesday 3rd of May Team Manvers Triathlon Club, a member of the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network, launched their new running section of the club. With a lot of publicity and promotion prior to the 3rd and many locals signing up their interest, it looked to be meeting a need within the community.

The running section trains on a Tuesday and Thursday at Manvers Lake Boat House, taking advantage of the £1million facilities building. After just one week of the group starting there were 30 + runners attending the training sessions. This week saw the runners go around the 3 mile or 1.25 mile loop, depending on their ability, and all were introduced to a small hill running session. With at first, some moaning, and some taking up the challenge, all completed the session, and found something new about themselves.

All runners are enjoying the group, and prefer the structured training sessions, instead of their past running on the road alone. So, let’s hope the club can continue grouping at its rapid pace.

The running group are part of the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Networks running sub group, with some coaches to attend the LIRF course being organised by the network on the 26th of June 2011 at Newfield School, Sheffield.

For more information on the running group please contact for details. For more information on the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer on: or 0114 223 5671.
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Coach volunteering Initiative between Hallamshire Harriers and SAYLS (Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders in Sport) on Mon 09 May 2011
Halllamshire Harriers, a member of the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network have been working with SAYLS for the second academic year: providing an opportunity for young volunteers to get involved in the delivery of coaching at the Club’s athletics sessions.

Last academic year was a bit experimental for both parties, but lessons have been learnt this year and, although still early days in establishing a full strategy, they have a much more structured approach to the sessions than they previously did.

Currently, Hallamshire Harriers enjoy the benefit of 3 young leaders from Y11-Y13 school years: Aroosa, Dipo and Lewis; plus Dan, a student at Sheffield Hallam University who is now in his second year with the club, and has taken on the role of mentoring the others.

The students assist coaches through the sessions, from warm up to delivery, and, as their experience increases, take more pro-active roles in the sessions. Although UKA rules mean they cannot be left unsupervised, it is often possible for the lead coach to stand back and just offer advice.

The club have found that the students interact really well, particularly with the younger athletes, and now regard them as an integral part of the evenings. The three students were introduced to the SY coach development programme, starting with the Fundamentals of Movement course which took place on 30th of March 2011.

One of the students has also joined the club as an athlete, and trains on other evenings. The club are hopeful he will be competing for them this summer in the Young Athletes league.

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Running Sub Group Launch on Wed 20 Apr 2011
On Wednesday 20th of April 2011, The South Yorkshire McCain’s Athletics Network successfully launched their running sub group.

The aim of the sub group is to extend the SYANs involvement to the remaining SY clubs (who do not take part in Track & Field or young people’s athletics).

The key aims of the group are:-
a. To identify the support and development needs of these clubs, and to build those support needs into the network delivery plan.
b. To work with the Run England pilot scheme activator to ensure that the club and project aims are consistent and integrated
c. To present a joined up logical pathway for new adult participants / starters to running, where Run England groups and existing clubs are both involved.

The evening began with a buffet and networking, and was followed by a presentation given by Steve Gaines, South Yorkshire McCain’s Athletics Network Chair, which gave clubs information on the SYAN, the perceived need for a running sub group, and how the network can support all clubs in South Yorkshire. This was followed by a brief presentation was given by Emma Slater-Clayton, Run England Coordinator for the area.

The evening finished with a planning session for the adult participation section of the year 2 plan, which is due in at the end of April 2011. By launching this sub group, it has enabled running clubs to input into the year 2 plan, and has allowed specific and demanded areas to be addressed through projects in the year 2 plan.

The group are next meeting in June, and have many action points from the meeting. If you would like any more information on the Running Sub Group or the South Yorkshire McCain’s athletics network, please contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer on: 0114 223 5671 or
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Website News Update on Fri 15 Apr 2011
The news section upload programs are now being tested
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The website is now functional though there are additional features under development
For any difficulties or comments, go to Home- Website - 15
Fully Booked South Yorkshire Fundamentals Course & New Partnership Created on Wed 30 Mar 2011
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network held their fourth youth development workshop on Wednesday 30th March 2011. The event was held at Dorothy Hyman Sport Centre/Track, which was provided to the network for just £30! The workshop utilised a conference room and the track, with refreshments all for just £30, and the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network would like to thank Dorothy Hyman for their hospitality, and the new venue hire partnership that had been created.
The evening attracted coaches and young leaders from across the County to take part in both practical and theoretical aspects providing a flexible learning environment. The Sports Coach UK Introduction to Fundamentals Workshop explored the concepts of Agility, Balance and Co-ordination and speed (ABCs), enabling the coaches to learn to observe, analyse and coach good movement patterns within multi-skill or sport-specific environments.

The workshop helped coaches understand:
• Agility - dynamic stability, starting and stopping, momentum, acceleration and rhythm
• Balance - establishing a stable core, static stability, exploring the centre of gravity and base of support
• Co-ordination - related to disassociating body parts and the co-ordination of explosive actions including jumping, throwing, striking and kicking.
The workshop was a great success, with lots of positive feedback, and many coaches taking many ideas away to implement into their training sessions. The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network will also be using the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre/Track for future coach development opportunities. For any information on the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network or its coach development programme, please contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer on: or 0114 2235671.
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Nutrition Workshop on Tue 01 Mar 2011
On Tuesday 1st of March the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network ran a free Nutrition workshop at Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster. This was the 4th Youth Development Workshop to be ran by the network.

Coaches attended the session from across the network, which was delivered by Alex Popple, Performance Nutritionalist.

The feedback from the coaches attending showcased the workshop was of some benefit to the coaches and their continuing professional development.

All coaches received the presentation slides and all the handouts. They can also be accessed via the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network website on:

The next workshop to be held by the network will be a Sports Coach UK Introduction to Fundamental Course at Dorothy Hyman Leisure Centre on Wednesday 30th March 2011. For more information or to book a place contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer, on:
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DAC Secure Funding on Fri 25 Feb 2011
Doncaster Athletic Club is a grade A facility, inspected each year, as to the standard of track and field provision. The existing track and markings were completed about four years ago but as time has passed sections of the coloured hurdle and lane markings have worn away.
Club Directors embarked upon a fund raising mission in the summer of last year, to reach an initial target of around £10,000, however, we were still two thousand pounds short by December, with the VAT increase taking the amount needed to a further £2,450.
Nevertheless, we were determined that we would find the funding to secure the work in May this year. Our Christmas lottery, through the generosity of our members and local partners, raised a further £2,000.
Alongside our funding raising, we have been in negotiation with the Keepmoat Stadium Management Company, who have agreed to pay the difference, meeting us half way.
In the end DAC Club reserves, fund raising and Stadium management contributions have secured the funding for the work to go ahead.

25th February 2011.
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SY Coaches learn more specific Strength & Conditioning Knowledge in an outstanding venue. on Tue 22 Feb 2011
On Tuesday 22nd of February the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network ran a free Strength and Conditioning workshop at the high performance gym, EIS, Sheffield.

7 coaches attended the session from across the network, which was delivered by David Parker, Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach - British Diving/ Rugby League. Through David’s links with the venue, the network accessed the S&C suite for free, enabling coaches to develop their knowledge further from the generic S&C workshop held on the coach development day in January.

The feedback from the coaches attending showed great success and a few are listed below.

• Good session covering what everyone wanted to see.
• Very clear delivery.
• Excellent, really appropriate and coach adapted the session for what we wanted and responded well to questions.
• Great clear demos from the deliverer.
• David was very thorough and knowledgeable.
• Very experienced and professional giving a lot of useful information

This workshop was the 3rd Youth Development session ran by the network, and is helping up skill the coaches across the county. The next workshop to be held by the network will be a Sports Coach UK Introduction to Fundamental Course at Dorothy Hyman Leisure Centre on Wednesday 30th March 2011. For more information or to book a place contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer, on:
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Upcoming Steps to Inclusion Courses through FDSO partnership on Tue 15 Feb 2011
To continue with enhancing coaching provision, The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics network are proudly supporting the South Yorkshire Steps to Inclusion Inspire mark Disability Awareness programme.

The first course is:

Step 1: Club Development Evening - FREE
Monday 28th March 2011
English Institute of Sport-Sheffield
Time: 6pm-8pm
Overview: Clubs will commence with a basic disability awareness session before innovatively completing their clubs disability action plan.
Supported by RFU & YCB Development Officers

The second course will be:
Step 2: Coach Development Evening - FREE
Monday 4th April 2011
Rawmarsh School, Rotherham
Time: 6pm-8.30pm
Overview: A practical development session providing simple ways to adapt your sessions for inclusion.
Supported by FDSO, and all local Disability Sport Development Officers from South Yorkshire

Coaches do not need to attend both, however will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge across the two courses.

In addition to this and enabling coaches to continually develop, the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network has the following upcoming workshops:
Specific Strength & Conditioning, 22/02/11, EIS Weights Gym 7.30pm-9.30pm
Nutrition, 01/03/11, Keepmoat Stadium, Time TBC
Sports coach UK FUNdamentals of Movement, 30/03/11, Dorothy Hyman Leisure centre 6.30pm-9.30pm
Combined Events Quad Kids, 05/04/11, Herringthorpe Track 7pm – 9pm
Please see the events section for the downloadable flyers for more information.

Please contact the South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer Ashley Little at for more information or to book a place on the upcoming workshops or Michelle Dent, South Yorkshire Disability Development Officer at if you wish to book a place on the Steps to Inclusion Disability Awareness Courses.

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The Inter girls on the start line

South Yorkshire Schools Cross Country Championships on Sat 05 Feb 2011
Graves Park Sheffield 5th Feb.
On a very wet day the selected athletes from the 4 South Yorkshire areas (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield) took part in the event which was used as the selection race for the SY team for the ESAA championships, to be held on the 19th March at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.
183 athletes completed the very muddy courses set out. The event was organised by the SY Schools Athletics association, assisted by SYCAA and the SY network.
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Launch of First Newsletter on Tue 01 Feb 2011
The South Yorkshire McCains Athletics Network have successfully launched there quarterly newsletter.

The newsletter consists of news stories from across the county and provides information on the South Yorkshire McCains Athletics network. It is available in a professionally printed copy as well as for downloading (available on the SYAN page).

The next issue is due out in May.

For more information or to receive a printed copy of the newsletter contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer on: or call 0114 223 5671 / 07795 305 794.
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Yorkshire Coaches learn about Athletics 365 on Tue 01 Feb 2011
Coaches in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire were introduced to the new Athletics 365 programme through the workshop provided by the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network. Athletics 365 was developed by England Athletics and is seen as the future of developing young athletes across the whole spectrum of athletics events.
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network hosted the Introduction to Athletics 365 workshop on the 1st February 2011 at Barnsley Metrodome.
The evening consisted of an introduction to the development of the Athletics 365 programme, how clubs could benefit, and what barriers it aimed to overcome in junior athletics coaching.
The 15 coaches in attendance then enjoyed a practical session ran by Suzanne Bentham and Pete Moore. Pete is on the Speed National Coach Development Programme, and Suzanne is one of his mentees. They were working together to deliver this practical session as Suzanne had piloted 365 at Rotherham AC.
Following on from the workshop, all clubs with junior sections in South Yorkshire have received an athletics 365 coach pack to begin the implementation of the programme.
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Pete McKnight and some of the SY coaches try out the strength and conditioning exercises

SYAN Hosts Successful Coach Development Day on Tue 25 Jan 2011
The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network ran a free Coach Development Day on Saturday 22nd January 2011 at Newfield School, Sheffield.
The day began with a coach education workshop run by Debbie Beresford to clarify any problems or confusion with the new coach education structure and informed coaches of the future pathways available for their own personal development.
Pete Moore (South Yorkshire coach mentor) delivered a personal development planning workshop, which allowed coaches to evaluate their own personal strengths as a coach and then to focus on identifying three personal coaching goals to be achieved over the next 12 months. It is these goals that will help structure the coach support provided by the network over the next 12 months, ensuring the network is providing local coaches with the development opportunities they require.
To finish the day, Pete McKnight (Leicestershire County Cricket Club) delivered a 2 hour strength and conditioning workshop which focused on providing coaches with exercises and ideas that they could deliver with limited or no equipment in varying facilities (e.g. track/ field/ sports hall). The day was a great success with lots of positive feedback. - 14

Fun In Athletics Trials 2011 on Sat 15 Jan 2011
On Saturday 15th of January 2011 the South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network held their U11, U13 and U15 Fun in Athletics Trials at the English Institute of Sport, Sheffield.

The event was an excellent example of how network clubs can work together to deliver a successful event. Although, the day would not have ran if the sports leaders from Wales High School, Rotherham had not been there to officiate and demonstrate the events to the younger athletes.

The event attracted athletes from across the county who were trialing out to be selected for the South Yorkshire Sports Hall athletics team.

Parents spoke highly of the competition, and were impressed by the smooth running. Ashley Little (South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer) said “The event could not have been ran without the help and support of both club volunteers and the sports leaders from Wales High School”.

The U11s team competed at the Fun in Athletics Regional Finals on Sunday 30th January 2011, competing against other teams from across Yorkshire.

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Junior and Senior Men on lap 1

Yorkshire and Humberside Cross Country Championships 9th Jan 2011. on Sun 09 Jan 2011
The SY network provided support to help stage the event, held at the Northern Racing College, south Doncaster.
The event was an excellent example of how network clubs can work together to deliver improved competition events.
SYAN clubs Rotherham and Sheffield Running Club provided course marking services (using recently purchased network course marking equipment), Doncaster AC were host club looking after all access and parking logistics, and the SYCAA county organisation helped with start/finish design and setup.
The venue and course were very popular with the athletes and spectators. The event attracted a total of 1050 entries (842 Yorkshire and 208 Humberside), and was a great example of how networks can instigate and deliver improved team working across many clubs. The next competition to be assisted is the South Yorkshire schools Cross Country Championships at Graves Park Sheffield, on the 5th of February. - 12
Positive Behaviour Management Workshop on Tue 04 Jan 2011
The South Yorkshire Athletics Network held their first youth coach development workshop on Tuesday 4th January at Herringthorpe Stadium. The network hosted a positive behaviour management workshop, delivered by Sports coach UK.

Attending the workshop were 12 coaches from across the region and the popularity and success of these workshops is now attracting interest from outside the South Yorkshire Network.

Ashley Dewhurst commented, “The tutor was so knowledgeable and interesting and the resources will be really useful…they will help me to produce a positive coaching environment as well as provide me with new management tools”.

To continue with enhancing coaching provision, The South Yorkshire Athletics network are delivering The South Yorkshire Coach Development Day to provide South Yorkshire club coaches with the opportunity to get together, share and learn new information. The day will also identify South Yorkshire club coaches’ needs and requirements for future coach development workshops. It is being held on Saturday 22nd of January 9.30am till 4.30pm at Newfield School, Sheffield. The day will consist of strength and conditioning workshop ran by Pete McKnight, a coach education session ran by Debbie Beresford (England Athletics) and a training needs analysis of coaches’ workshop ran by Pete Moore. Please contact the South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer Ashley Little at if you wish to book a place.
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SY Disability Mentor Identified on Thu 28 Oct 2010
To drive the disability provision and inclusion by the network clubs forward, the South Yorkshire Athletics Network group felt a Disability mentor was essential.
On Thursday 28th of October 2010, Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer, approached Diana Stanger of Doncaster AC to be the South Yorkshire Disability mentor—and she said yes.
Diana has a lot of experience with coaching disabled athletes, and is the lead coach of disability sessions at Doncaster AC, and the Network are grateful of her acceptance to be the county mentor.
Diana's role will involve supporting the other network clubs to ensure inclusivity in line with club mark, as well as supporting club coaches increase their confidence in coaching disabled athletes.
A big welcome and thank you to Diana, who will be undertaking this role as well as her existing coaching, and all as a volunteer!
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work Coordinator Appointed on Mon 27 Sep 2010
The South Yorkshire Athletics Network has successfully appointed Ashley Little to the role of SYAN Development Officer. Ashley who will be based within South Yorkshire Sport through the partnership created with England Athletics and the SYAN will coordinate and manage the delivery of the Network projects, and raise the capability of clubs in the network, through the provision and delivery of coach and volunteer education and development programmes.

Ashley has been involved with Athletics as an athlete, coach and project coordinator; she started athletics at the age of 8, covering all athletic disciplines and competing at the English Schools in high jump and long jump as well as combined events. She is now a UKA Level 2 coach, currently coaching at Leeds City AC as well as sitting on their committee.

Ashley previously worked for Leeds City Council as a casual athletics coach for 6 years, and has been involved with Star Track schemes, Community Clubs and Street Athletics project. Ashley was involved with writing the successful Leeds Athletics Network plan, and gaining the Network funding. She says of her appointment, "As an athlete and coach I have a great passion for athletics. I’m looking forward to working with the clubs, coaches and volunteers in South Yorkshire and ensuring the development and sustainability of athletics through local athletics clubs."

England Athletics, South Yorkshire Sport and the South Yorkshire Athletics Network welcome Ashley to her role!
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