ULSTER & NI ENDURANCE DEVELOPMENT SQUADBringing endurance athletes & their coaches together to learn and improve
The Squad Weekends will begin on Friday evening and run until Sunday afternoon. Athletes may either travel in each day or stay in the self catering accommodation provided at the venue. The weekends activities will include structured endurance running sessions as well as practical workshops on topics such as running mechanics, strength and conditioning, psychology and nutrition. The various sessions will be delivered by a team made up of ANI staff and identified endurance coaches from across Ulster and Northern Ireland.
In order to be invited to the squad weekends athletes must meet specified selection criteria and have the approval of their personal coach to attend.
Squad Reports & Training Sessions
Look back at the schedules for previous squad weekends.
The NI & Ulster Endurance Squad came together for their third squad of the season on Sunday 25th February 2018 at Antrim Forum. The day was attended by twenty - three athletes and many of their coaches and parents. Sessions were delivered by Michael Dyer, Bashir...
The first of the 2017-2018 NI and Ulster Endurance Squad coaching days took place on Saturday 16th September at Greenmount CAFRE Campus. The day was attended by fifty-seven athletes and many of their coaches and parents. Sessions were delivered by Michael Dyer, Bashir...
The third NI and Ulster Endurance Squad took place at Greenmount CAFRE Campus on Saturday, 18th March. The squad attended by twenty two athletes was delivered by Trevor Painter, Teresa McDaid, Mark Kirk, Allister Woods and Michael Dyer. Trevor Painter, coach to World...
The second edition of the NI and Ulster Endurance Squad took place in Share Centre just outside Lisnaskea from Friday 30th September until Sunday 2nd October 2016. This report explains the key elements of the squad weekend so that coaches and athletes who did not...
The NI and Ulster Endurance Squad Pilot took place in Gortin just outside Omagh from Friday 25 September until Sunday 27 September 2015. This report explains the key elements of the squad weekend so that coaches and athletes who did not attend can benefit from the...
Athlete & Coach Views
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Frequently Asked Questions
What the the selection criteria?
The selection criteria for the Pilot squad being held in September 2015 are as follows:
- Athletes must have a birth date that falls between 1st January 1996 and 31st December 2000
- All selection performance must occur while the athletes is in the under 16 and under 20 age groups. Performances that occur when an athlete is in the under 14 age group will not be counted.
- Have represented Great Britain or Ireland in International competition in 2014/2015 (European XC Championships 2014, Celtic International XC 2015, Schools International XC 2015, Schools International T&F 2015, EYOF 2015, World Youth T&F 2015, European Junior T&F 2015)
- Have finished in the top 5 places at an outdoor All Ireland T&F Schools or Clubs
- Have finished in the top 20 places at an All Ireland Schools XC or All Ireland Clubs XC Championship (Inter Club XC discounted here due to low numbers)
- Have finished in the top 5 places in an Indoor All Ireland T&F
- Have finished in the top 3 paces at the Ulster Schools Cross Country Finals
- Where an athlete has previously achieved the above standards as an under 16 or under 18 athletes and then been injured for a long period of time and missed a whole season, the the selectors may select an athlete on a trial basis for the squad to prove form
- Where an athlete is new to the sport and has shown tremendous performances & potential, the selectors may select an athlete on a trial basis for the squad to prove form.
*Please note: The selection criteria will be updated after the Pilot is complete, to take into consideration feedback collected during the pilot process.