Meet Our TeamWe are a group of coaches passionate about Athletics and athlete development
Director of Coaching & Athlete Development
Tom is responsible for the strategic direction of Athletics in Northern Ireland. He works closely with Laura and Tom Reynolds to develop coach and athlete development initiatives across the province. A technology enthusiast and former coach at Loughborough University he founded uCoach.com in 2009 and NIfutures.com in September 2015.
Coach Development / Physical Preparation Lead
Laura is responsible for providing coach development opportunities in Northern Ireland and supports coaches in their continuous professional development through delivery of formal coaching qualifications, workshops and mentoring.. As a UK Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach Laura also develops the Physical Preparation programmes for athletes in Athletics NI’s Talent Development squads.
Athlete Development Lead
Tom is responsible for providing athlete development opportunities including selecting and monitoring Youth Academy & Rising Stars athletes. With 14 years coaching experience Tom’s role includes team selection & management, weekly session delivery, co-ordinating athlete services and competition support.
Recent Blog Posts
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The Coach as The Leader of the Performance Team? Reflections on Athletics NI’s ‘Elite Coach Development Programme’ Launch
On the 11th of November Athletics Northern Ireland launched our first ‘Elite Coach Development Programme’ with the aim of supporting the development of a group of coaches working with athletes towards upcoming major championships. The programme running over the next 8...
This year's coaching conference, 'Aspiring to Coaching Excellence', took place on the 29th September at Ulster University, Jordanstown. The conference featured a stellar line-up of presenters headlined by Fuzz Caan, Olympic High Jump Coach who guided Robbie Grabarz to...
During winter 2016 and 2017 we increasingly included basic gymnastics, calisthenics and primal movement (crawling and animal patterns) in our Athletics NI Youth Academy Physical Preparation sessions. I have specifically worked with young pole vaulters and javelin...