Bedford and County Athletic Club

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 speak with a committee member.

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.

Name EA Coach Level Event
Allen Adamson Performance Sprints/Hurdles
Martyn Blackwell Coach Children/Multi Events/Throws
Tina Blackwell Coach Children/Horizontal Jumps
Caitlin Blackwell Coach Children/Shot
Michael Blunt Coach Wheelchair/MD
Penny Butcher Performance Middle Distance, jumps and sprints
James Danobrega Assistant Endurance
Simon Eastwood Coach Pole Vault
Jemma Eastwood Coach Pole Vault
Craig Emmerson Coach Children/Long Jump
Mark Goodwin Coach MD
Simon Goodwin Coach MD
Barry Johnson Coach High Jump
Denis Johnson Performance Combined Events/High Jump
Zoe Luscombe Coach Wheelchair/Endurance
Phil Odell Coach Endurance/MD
Lucy-Mae Shepherd Assistant Endurance
Josie Smith Assistant Endurance
Alex Stanton Performance Endurance/MD
Rosemary Stanton Performance Endurance/MD
Robert Thompson LiRF Endurance
Hayley Vinnicombe Assistant Endurance
Alan Watts Performance Sprints
Laurie Wallis Assistant Shot


Coach Education

England Athletics 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 (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 (Assistant) - 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 (Coach) - a four day course with assessment which enables coaches to lead a group of any age. 

Event Group (Performance) - specialisation in individual events or event groups

Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) - a follow on from Assistant Coach targeted at running coaches 

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.


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