Welsh Athletics’ National and Regional Development Programmes Launched

Welsh Athletics are pleased to announce the launch of the latest phase of their strategy for the long term development of coaches and athletes.  The 2015-2019 Coaching and Performance strategic plan is centred on the development of coaches and athletes.  A new National and Regional development programme is being rolled out for supporting coaches and athletes with a philosophy behind the programme that can be summarised as follows;


“An education and development framework (pathway) for athletes and coaches in Wales, providing them with experiences that develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours for progression towards senior success”


These programmes will commence in the autumn period and will be focussed around three event group areas, with leadership for each area as follows

  • Speed            Neil Wheeler   neil.wheeler@welshathletics.org
  • Endurance      Chris Jones     chris.jones@welshathletics.org
  • Field Events   Adrian Palmer  adrian.palmer@welshathletics.org

Operational delivery of the National and Regional programmes will be the responsibility of a newly appointed coordinator team as follows;

  • National Endurance Coordinator      Phil Banning
  • National Jumps Coordinator            Stephen Bailey
  • National Throws Coordinator           Ryan Spencer-Jones
  • National Throws Coordinator           Rob Eales


  • Regional Speed Coordinator (South / East)    Jason Quirke
  • Regional Endurance Coordinator (North)        John Messum                   
  • Regional Endurance Coordinator (West)         Delyth Brown    
  • Regional Endurance Coordinator (South)        Liz Davies
  • Regional Endurance Coordinator (East)          Darryn McAtee 
  • Regional Pole Vault Coordinator                     Ed Thompson / Lewis Preece

Contact information for each of the people listed above can be found in the pdf file in the menu to the right of this page.

Regional delivery for speed in the West region will be coordinated by Neil Wheeler.  Regional delivery for speed and field events in the North region will be coordinated by Denis Doyle (North Wales Coach and Athlete Support Officer – denis.doyle@welshathletics.org).  Regional delivery for field events (except pole vault) in the West, South and East regions will be coordinated by Adrian Palmer, Stephen Bailey, Ryan Spencer-Jones and Rob Eales.

More information on the delivery in each event group area will follow shortly, but please check in regularly with the Welsh Athletics Coaching Hub webpage for up to date information; /coaches.aspx

For more information on the programmes, please attend this year’s National Coaching Conference on the 22nd October, where more detail will be provided in a dedicated presentation.

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