Rising Stars is Athletics NI’s weekly athlete development initiative for 12-15 year olds. Beginning next week and with the support of clubs, councils and keen coaches the programme will be delivered in 8 regions including Downpatrick, Newry, Belfast, Bangor, Jordanstown, Larne, Coleraine & Antrim. To increase the capacity and geographical reach of the initiative for 2016/17 Athletics NI will be working with local clubs to assist with sustainable delivery and to provide coach development opportunities. New athletes will also be signposted to join their local club in addition to attending 1 Rising Stars session per week for 3 terms.
The initiative focuses on delivering a sound physical preparation programme and a multi event approach to athletes aged 12-15 years old. Many of these young athletes are identified through school taster sessions and have limited previous exposure to athletics. The recent success of Rising Stars athletes such as Katie Monteith (Irish U15 60m Champion and Ulster Schools Combined Events Champion,) Kate O’Connor (European Youth Championships, Hepthathlon-7th) and Ethan Williamson (Double Irish Schools Champion- Hurdles and Triple Jump) demonstrates the benefit of early exposure to a multi event approach.
Each 90 minute Rising Stars session prepared by the Athletics NI Coaching Department includes…a dynamic warm up focused on movement competency, a running component with an acceleration, maximum velocity or hurdling focus, a push or pull throw progression and a long or high jump progression. Athletics NI have prepared resources for delivery and will share term time programmes on a regular basis.
Athletes or parents who have a query about a Rising Stars programme should contact Athlete Development Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coaches who would like to gain experience by delivering alongside Athletics NI Coaches on a regional programme before embedding this multi event initiative within their own club should contact Coach Development Lead: laura@Athleticsni.org. Mentoring, coaching apprenticeships and resources are available for 10-15 coaches per year across NI.