Coaching at the Club Print
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 11:18

Coaching at Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers
The "Club"

The following information about Coaching and Coaching Practices is for all competing Members of the Club who use the training groups, and is particularly important for the parents of Junior athletes to understand the protocols involved with preparing their children for competition in the activities the club participates in.

Essentially, coaching falls into two parts within the Club:

  • 1. Evening groups.

    These are for Senior and our more experience (generally slightly older) Junior athletes. We have a large number of Coaches who between them cover the full range of events.

    Some are volunteer Coaches and others work for Momentum Sports, a coaching company closely associated with the Club. Most Coaches are qualified under UKAthletics, with younger Coaches under supervision and preparing for accreditation. All coaches are required to hold current Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certification with Cashel Riordan as the designated DBS verifier.

    Training is generally on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, but can be at other times too in some groups.

  • 2. Kestrel Club.

    This training group is for junior athletes who are beginners or younger athletes and offers a general grounding across all events in a fun and fast moving way.  Athletes are exposed to every athletic event and also learn to improve general co-ordination and speed, attributes which youngsters pick up very well.

    After a period of time athletes progress first to High Flyers within Kestrels (and get a slightly more advanced level of coaching) and then are invited to join one of the evening groups.

    The ages for the various Kestrel groups are set out in the link below, but across the course of the week there are sessions for all ages from those in school year 2 up to 13.

    See for full details.

All groups within the Club are focused on getting the best from athletes, in terms of enjoyment, athletic advancement and personal development.

To achieve this we have a set of agreed standards we adhere to which is based upon the Coaches Code of Conduct.

These Standards / Practices include the following:

  1. All athletes will be treated individually and their requirements put above those of others, and in team selections, Coaches will advise Team Managers accordingly.

  2. No Coach will try to recruit, either overtly or covertly, athletes who are already receiving coaching. If approached by an athlete receiving coaching they will refer immediately to the Coach currently providing coaching support.  Extra sessions, away from an athlete's normal coaching set up may be desirable, but this will be cleared with the athlete's regular Coach before any approach is made to the athlete or parent.

  3. Coaches will develop an appropriate working relationships with athletes based on mutual trust and respect, especially with those athletes under 18 years or vulnerable adults.

    There is a strong culture of anti-bullying in our Club. Issues related to anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and as required by Clubmark, any concerns are to be directed to our Welfare Officers: Tom Parry and Louise Doherty, whose contacts can be found on the Officers of the Club page.

  4. No coach will develop an inappropriate relationship with any athlete, particularly with athletes under 18 years or vulnerable adults, and this follows our Safe-guarding Policy under Clubmark.

    Any such relationship is damaging to the athlete, coach and entire Club and can lead to removal from K&P, England Athletics (EA) withdrawing their coaching licence and in extreme cases, criminal charges made.

  5. Athletes may move between training groups, but this is to be fully discussed with their current Coach as well as any receiving Coach prior to it occurring.  It should also be discussed with the Coaching Coordinator or Head Coach as well.

  6. Athletes progressing from Kestrel Club do so by achieving a number of points (explained elsewhere) within the Kestrels, so that we have a fair and equitable definition of when they are ready to move to a more senior group.  Information about this can be discussed with the Head Coach or Lead Coach of Kestrels.  When they are ready to make this move, the options for more senior groups will be explained and the individuals needs will be discussed within the group of suitable Coaches.

  7. If there is more than one appropriate evening group the athlete / parents will be given flyers for these groups so that they can make an informed, unpressurised decision about what is best for them.  This decision is not fixed in stone, as discussed above athletes can move between groups going forwards if this is appropriate, but at this point will need to be discussed between all involved.

As with all aspects of the Club, there are officials happy to help you through any queries you may have.  With respect to coaching, please contact either the Head Coach, Richard Holt, or Coaching Coordinator, Pat Logan.

RH/PL   Season 2017.