Successful South Yorkshire LIRF Course

Posted on 26/06/11

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.