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 ankles can lead to improved rate of force development and decreased ground contact times, which are important for improved sprinting performance.

Event Videos: Tom Crick – Relay Fundamentals

In the following videos Tom Crick starts from scratch as he introduces the most fundamental concepts of relay running.

Event Slides: Tom Crick – Fundamental Speed Concepts

Here Tom Crick discusses some of the most fundamental concepts in speed training.

 


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Official Press Release

Athletics Northern Ireland are pleased to announce that they will begin piloting a new Speed & Relay initiative that aims to develop speed athletes and their coaches. Following the success of the first NI & Ulster Endurance Squad Pilot in September, Athletics NI would now like to expand our offering to coaches and athletes in the speed events. Tom Crick, Director of Coaching and Athlete Development said, “In 2016 we are planning to pilot 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.” Tom continued, “Before setting selection criteria and actively bringing athletes together for relay practice in 2016, Athletics NI will begin with a relay focused coach development launch event. The hope is that this will provide an appropriate opportunity for coaches to familiarise themselves with core relay concepts so they are better prepared to assist with future relay practices, where athletes will be in attendance.” The NI Speed and Relay Squad Coach Development Launch will be held on Saturday 28 November at University of Ulster Jordanstown. It will begin at 09:30 and finish around 16:00. This will be a pure coach development event. Athletes are not expected to be in attendance. Tom said, “This coach development opportunity is FREE to attend until we reach capacity. It is open to all coaches in Northern Ireland as well as any coaches who wish to travel to Jordanstown from the UK mainland and Ireland. We have made it open to all because we have athletes who will potentially be in the NI squads who have coaches from across Europe and I actively encourage anyone with an interest in Speed or Relays to attend.” Ireland’s faster women Amy Foster will take part in an “open workout” so coaches can observe her training in real time. This will be accompanied by insights from her coach David Reid and reflective commentary and discussion led by Athletics NI Director of Coaching & Athlete Development Tom Crick. “The idea is to begin the process of coaches openly sharing what they do”, said Crick. “We are starting with Amy but in the future I hope others will join in and we can also get coaches and athletes from outside Northern Ireland over to visit.” The afternoon will feature a presentation and hands on practical relay session with former GB Relays coach Harry King. A Great Britain representative at Commonwealth and European level as an athlete, Harry has been a sprints coach for over 20 years and worked with the GB junior and senior relay teams during the 2000s. He is also the former coach of the Antigua & Barbuda National Team and has also worked as a sprints coach with Reading Football Club. “Harry has many years of hands on practical experience coaching relays to both Junior and Senior athletes. He is also a National Coach Mentor for England Athletics and used to working with other coaches. All this made him the obvious choice to help get the initiative started”, said Crick.

Full Details

The first NI Relay Squad event is a for COACHES ONLY. It is designed to provide an opportunity for coaches to familiarise themselves with core relay concepts so they are better prepared to assist with future relay practices. The NI Speed and Relay Squad Coach Development Launch will be held on Saturday 28 November at University of Ulster Jordanstown. It will begin at 09:15 and finish around 16:00. This will be a pure coach development event. Athletes are not expected to be in attendance. This coach development opportunity is FREE to attend until it reaches capacity. It is open to all coaches in Northern Ireland as well as any coaches who wish to travel to Jordanstown from the UK mainland and Ireland. We have made it open to all because we have athletes who will potentially be in the NI squads who have coaches from across Europe and I actively encourage anyone with an interest in Speed or Relays to attend. Ireland’s faster women Amy Foster and former GB Relays coach Harry King will feature on the day. Foster will take part in an “open workout” so coaches can observe her training in real time. This will be accompanied by insights from her coach David Reid and reflective commentary and discussion led by Athletics NI Director of Coaching & Athlete Development Tom Crick. The afternoon will feature a presentation and hands on practical relay session with Harry King. A Great Britain representative at Commonwealth and European levels as an athlete, Harry has been a sprints coach for over 20 years and worked with the GB junior and senior relay teams during the 2000s. He is also the former coach of the Antigua & Barbuda National Team and has also worked as a sprints coach with Reading Football Club. The full schedule for the day was as follows: 09:15 – Arrival and Registration (Indoor Track) 09:30 – Fundamental Concepts in Speed Training 11:00 – Break 11:15 – Example sprint session featuring Amy Foster & David Reid 13:00 – Lunch 13:45 – Relay theory with Harry King 14:45 – Relay practical with Harry King Approx 16:00 – Departure