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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or speak to 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   Qualifications
Allen Adamson 100m/200m/Relay (4) | Assistant Coach (1) | Hurdles (3) | Speed (2) | Sprints (3)
James Black Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)
Caitlin Blackwell Athletics Coach Jumps (Athletics Coach) | Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Martyn Blackwell Assistant Coach (1) | Athletics Coach (Athletics Coach) | Athletics Coach Throws Plus (Athletics Coach) | Discus (Athletics Coach) | Endurance (2) | Hammer (Athletics Coach) | Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)
Tina Blackwell Athletics Coach Jumps (Athletics Coach) | Childrens Coach (Athletics Coach) | Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Michael Blunt Athletics Coach Endurance (Athletics Coach) | Athletics Coach Wheelchair Racing (Athletics Coach) | Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance) | Event Group Endurance (Event Group) | Wheelchair Racing (Athletics Coach)
Penny Butcher Assistant Coach (1) | Endurance (2) | Jumps (2) | Middle Distance (3) | Speed (2)
James Danobrega Athletics Coach Endurance (Athletics Coach) | Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Jemma Eastwood Assistant Coach (1) | Athletics Coach (Athletics Coach) | Athletics Coach Jumps Plus (Athletics Coach) | Children In Athletics (Leader) | Event Group Jumps (Event Group) | Event Group Jumps (Event Group) | Pole Vault (Athletics Coach) | Triple Jump (Athletics Coach)
Simon Eastwood Assistant Coach (1) | Jumps (2) | Pole Vault (3)
Craig Emmerson Athletics Coach (Athletics Coach) | Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Mark Goodwin  
Simon Goodwin  
Felicity Harper Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Simon Harper Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Barry Johnson Assistant Coach (1) | Jumps (2)
Dennis Johnson Assistant Coach (1) | Combined Events (3) | Decathlon (4) | Endurance (2) | Heptathlon (4) | High Jump (4) | Jumps (2) | Middle Distance (3) | Speed (2) | Throws (2)
Steven Janes Athletics Coach (Middle Distance)
Zoe Luscombe Assistant Coach (1) | Endurance (2)
Philip ODell Assistant Coach (1) | Endurance (2)
Gavin Reynolds Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)
Ian Roberts Assistant Coach (1) | BAF Strength and Conditioning (3) | Endurance (2) | Jumps (2) | Long Jump (3) | Speed (2) | Throws (2) | Triple Jump (4)
Robert Thompson Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)
Hayley Vinnicombe Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Laurence Wallis Coaching Assistant (Coaching Assistance)
Alan Watts Assistant Coach (1) | Speed (2) | Sprints (3)
Ewan Wilson Coach in Running Fitness (Athletics Coach) | Leadership in Running Fitness (Leader)

 

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.

 

Upcoming Events

15 Jun 2024
Southern Athletics League (SAL) Division 3
Luton
16 Jun 2024
Youth Development League (YDL), Lower Age Group
Bracknell (TBC)
22 Jun 2024
British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix
Loughborough
22 Jun 2024
National Athletics League (NAL)
Leigh
25 Jun 2024
Corby Open Meeting
Rockingham Triangle Stadium: Jimmy Kane Way, Corby, NN17 2FB
26 Jun 2024
Watford Open Graded Meeting
Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH
29 Jun 2024
Eastern 10,000m Track Championships
Chelmsford
29 Jun 2024
Eastern Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Cambridge
29 Jun 2024
UK Championships
Manchester (TBC)
03 Jul 2024
EMAC (Eastern Masters) League - Match 3
05 Jul 2024
Bedfordshire AAA 10k road race
Bedford
06 Jul 2024
British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix
Birmingham University
07 Jul 2024
National Athletics League (NAL)
Bedford
10 Jul 2024
Watford Open Graded Meeting
Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH
12 Jul 2024
English Schools Championships (ESAA) - U15/U17/U19
Birmingham
14 Jul 2024
Southern Athletics League (SAL), Division 3
Oxford
16 Jul 2024
Kettering Open Meeting
Kettering Town Harriers, Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB, Kettering
19 Jul 2024
England U20, U23 and Senior Track & Field Championships (incl Combined Events)
TBC
21 Jul 2024
Youth Development League (YDL), Lower Age Group
Thames Valley Athletics Centre
23 Jul 2024
Corby Open Meeting
Rockingham Triangle Stadium: Jimmy Kane Way, Corby, NN17 2FB

 

 

 

 
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