Bringing speed athletes & their coaches together to learn and improve
During 2016, Athletics NI intend to begin to establish Northern Ireland Relay Squads at both senior and developmental age groups. The aim is to ensure all speed athletes across Northern Ireland develop the skills necessary to compete effectively at relays. In time it is hoped this will lead to an opportunity for Northern Ireland to deploy competitive relay teams at the Commonwealth Games. It should also mean that Northern Irish athletes are also able to excel should they be selected for the GB or Irish relays teams.

The NI Relay Squads are both an opportunity for athletes to learn key relay skills but as a major coach development event. A typical squad session involves two streams of activity, one focused around athletes and another around coaches. A typical relay squad event will begin with some basic sprint training theory and then feature an “Open Workout”, where a coach and athlete demonstrate what a real workout may look like for a senior performance athlete. The afternoon session usually focuses around both the theoretical and practical aspects of relay training and includes an opportunity for coaches and athletes to work together to improve their skills.


Amy Foster

Amy Foster undertook an “open workout” during the 1st Relay Squad day in November 2015.

University of Ulster, Jordanstown

The Jordanstown campus is located just seven miles north of Belfast city centre. Sport plays a significant part in the life of the campus. It is home to the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland , a partnership between the University and Sport Northern Ireland. Buildings are structured around a central mall allowing students to walk from one end of the campus to the other without going outside. The mall area is home to a bank, restaurants, coffee shops, sandwich bars, a supermarket, the chaplains’ office and the Students’ Union. The main building is surrounded by lawns and trees and is just a few hundred metres from Loughshore Park and promenade.

Squad Reports & Training Sessions

Look back at the schedules for previous various squad weekends and watch videos from these events.

2nd NI Speed & Relays Day Announced

Athletics Northern Ireland are pleased to announce the second Speed & Relay Squad Day will be held on Saturday 2 April 2016 at Ulster University Jordanstown. The day will also act as a preparation camp for teams that wish to enter the Belfast International relays...

1st NI Relay Squad – Saturday 28 November 2015

Event Videos: Davy Reid & Amy Foster In the following videos of the "Open Workout", Amy Foster and coach Davy Reid demonstrate and explain the ankle strengthening exercises Amy used during the 2015/2016 season to improve her ankle stiffness. Strengthening the...

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to UUJ?
Campus address Ulster University Shore Road Newtownabbey Co. Antrim BT37 0QB Campus telephone Tel: 028 7012 3456 For more details please visit the UUJ website.
Do I need to bring my eTicket?
Please just turn up on the day. There is no need to bring your eTicket if you have been issued with one.
Do I need to bring lunch?
Lunch is not provided at the event. Candidates are encouraged to bring a packed lunch with them to the venue.
Where can I find videos from previous events?

Just take a look at the reports from previous events! The links are further up this page.