Welcome to the coaching page

Bedford & County AC have exclusive use of the Track & Field facilities and Bedford International Athletics Stadium on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.

The facility and coaching is available to all club members provided they have paid the stadium fee and club membership fee.  These fees are renewable on the 1st April each year.

The club is very lucky in having so many good coaches across so many events. If you are interested in becoming a coach please contact Allen Adamson. 

Coaching takes place on:

Club nights, Tuesday and Thursday 18:15 to 20:00 for older groups.

Some groups also train on Monday, Wednesday 18:15 to 20:00 and Sunday 10:30 to 12:30.

We have special coaching arrangements for younger athletes and details are provided under the Beagles tab above.

Our Coaches

For details of coaching qualifications see the coach education section below. Some of our coaches are on local and national development groups (LCDP/NCDP).

Name EA Coach Level Old Level Event Notes
Allen Adamson Performance 4 Sprints/Hurdles NCDP
Martyn Blackwell Coach 3 Children/Multi Events  
Tina Blackwell Childrens Coach 2 Childrens  
Martin Campbell Coach 2 Hurdles Thursday  
David Cheshire Coach 2 Endurnace/MD NCDP
Jackie Cheshire Coach 2 Children  
Simon Eastwood Coach 3 Pole Vault NCDP
Jemma Eastwood Assistant 1 Pole Vault  
Mark Goodman Coach 2 MD  
Simon Goodwin Coach 2 MD  
Steve Janes Coach 3 MD  
Barry Johnson Coach 4 High Jump  
Denis Johnson Performance 4 Combine Events/High Jump  
Richard Martin Assistant 2 Throws  
Phil Odell Coach 3 Endurance/MD  
Richard Peters Coach 2 Endurance  
Natasha Peters Assistant 2 Endurance  
Ian Roberts Performance 4 Horizontal Jumps NCDP
Angela Russell Assistant 2 MD  
Alex Stanton Performance 4 Endurance/MD  
Rosemary Stanton Performance 3 Endurnace/MD  
Alan Watts Performance 4 Sprints  
Marcio Ferdandes Assistant 1 Javelin Thursday 1730-1830  


jemma2Beginners Pole Vault Group

Jemma Eastwood (World Indoor Masters Pole Vault Silver medallist) will continue to run her Beginners Pole Vault Group.

This is great news as Jemma is an experienced and inspiring coach as well as a competitive athlete. This new group has been really successful with positive feedback from both athletes and parents.

Venue: Bedford International Athletic Stadium (MK41 9SB) 

Time:Tuesday  4:45 – 5:45 [Except 30th July and 6th August]

Exceptions: Please note that the sessions will not go ahead if weather conditions do not allow safe vaulting.


Coach Education

England Athletics (EA) run coaching awards at all levels, they are: 

Leading in Running Fitness  (LiRF) - This is a one day course which enables coaches to lead an adult running session.

Athletics Leader - a one day course with no assessment. This is for parents and young people (16+) who would like to help out at the club. 

Coaching Assistant (old level 1) - a two day course, no assessment. This is for adults who wish to lead a group under the supervision of an Athletics Coach. and is the first step to becoming a coach. 

Athletics Coach (old level 2 and 3) - a four day course with assessment which enables coaches to lead a group of any age. 

Running Coach (level 2) - a follow on from Assistant Coach targeted at running coaches 

Children’s Coach (level 2) - a follow on from Assistant Coach targeted at coaches who want to work with children.

For more details see the England Athletics website coaching courses can be found by clicking on the course you are interested and following the booking links.

Coaching courses can be fully funded from various sources including the club but the would be coach should be prepared to pay for the course up front and then reclaim the money after they have been on the course and shown they are committed to coaching.

Renewal of DBS Certificates

You can now renew your DBS certificate on line.The England Athletics website shows the process. Part of the process requires you to show your forms of identification to the club's evidence verifier,  Allen Adamson.

Our club Coach Coordinator is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Allen is normally available at the track on a Tuesday or Thursday at 20:00 in the sports hall.


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