Friday 23rd November, 2018
Welsh Athletics High Jump Foundation Development Day - Saturday 17th November, 2018
Last Saturday morning at NIAC, Cardiff saw some 20 young athletes, parents and coaches from South and East Wales attend the Welsh Athletics Foundations Development Day for High Jump.
Led by Stephen Bailey (Jumps Development Coordinator) with support from Ana Paterson (Rhymney Valley AC) and Allison Werner (Newport Harriers), the underlying theme was Good Shape and Movement Quality. The morning started with an excellent session from Sport Wales Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jack Sanders, covering fundamental movement skills. Jack incorporated an effective warm up into his session which also drew on material within the Welsh Athletics Physical Preparation booklets.
A short break included some discussion between coaches and parents on basic nutrition needs, healthy eating and the relationship between young athletes and green vegetables!
Jack then reactivated the athletes before they split into two groups, led by the coaches, to extend the concept of shape and movement into to some event specific drills both in a straight line and around a circle with a focus on ground contact and ‘free leg’ drive. The last hour saw the athletes pull the morning's learning together with some high jumping.
A big thank you to the athletes who attended, the parents who brought them and the coaches who got involved in the session alongside Stephen, Ana and Allison. Based on the success of the development day, the Welsh Athletics Jumps Development Programme is looking to run another High Jump session in the South or East in the new year.
The equivalent session for West Wales is taking place in Swansea on Sunday 25 November, led by Liz Rowland (Pembrokeshire Harriers). Further information on the Foundation Days can be found here.
Norrth Wales Coach and Athlete Support Officer, Denis Doyle, is currently in the process of organising Jumps events in North Wales for the new year.