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Re: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?

I've never met or worked with Mick Woods but the plain truth is that he gets results. ..and why did somebody suddenly decide to have a pop at him and his achievements? That was uncalled for. I would ask all those "coaches" on this forum who have opinions about how coaching should be delive...
by Pete S
Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:40 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?
Replies: 114
Views: 9474

Re: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?

"Can anyone explain why there seem to be so many injuries in a non contact sport?" A good question deebear - I'll have a (slightly) informed guess... A top class middle distance runner would typically be running between 40/50 miles per week (maybe more) whereas a rugby player might only be...
by Pete S
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Are GB Athletes living up to potential ?
Replies: 114
Views: 9474

Re: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance

Trickstat - thanks for the correction - of course it was Stan Long, I was experiencing a senior moment... To be clear, I wasn't writing in criticism of UKA/BA's appointment of anyone - just making the point that mass participation does not equal elite performance. On the subject of ANY governing bod...
by Pete S
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:21 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance
Replies: 34
Views: 2729

Re: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance

With respect to trickstat & larkim's comments/observations... The many factors lying behind the choice of an individual to pursue a "career" in any sport are complex. I'm not entirely sure that a broad base of participation necessarily leads to any significant increase in number of eli...
by Pete S
Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:59 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: New Performance structure: Barry Fudge for Endurance
Replies: 34
Views: 2729

Re: Coe interviews Salazar and Farah

I can't read the Telegraph piece - the link doesn't work, however... "....his views on Mo's conditioning and Mo's own comments that around 60 miles per week were "physiologically worthless" are pretty damning of his previous coaches.." This is a little disingenuous - Mo's previou...
by Pete S
Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coe interviews Salazar and Farah
Replies: 17
Views: 1920

Re: BBC Athletics Presenters

Credit where it's due - I've just seen Colin speak extremely eloquently about the last two womens' 100m heats. It was like listening to a different guy. The three of them seem to have a more considered delivery and rapport this morning than I remember of late. Commentating is a bloody difficult thin...
by Pete S
Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:17 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: BBC Athletics Presenters
Replies: 289
Views: 21588

Second - Hand Pole Vault Bed

This is a long shot - is anyone aware of any leisure centre/track etc who may be upgrading their vaulting bed in the near future? I'm trying to source a bed suitable for training and it needn't be fancy or new. I'd appreciate a PM if any poster could help me out?

Thanks ;-)

Pete
by Pete S
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:15 am
 
Forum: Notices
Topic: Second - Hand Pole Vault Bed
Replies: 0
Views: 520

Re: Coach Education Criticised

..me too Eddiscad..!

:)
by Pete S
Tue May 21, 2013 10:34 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: Coach Education Criticised

The executive summary really focusses on the management of the delivery mechanism but there are one or two criticisms of the content if you read it closely. I think we first need to ask ourselves: "What is the purpose of Coach Education?". In my opinion it should have, as its core objectiv...
by Pete S
Tue May 21, 2013 5:30 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: Coach Education Criticised

Thank you - although I'm still correcting the english..

(the language not the nation..!)
by Pete S
Sun May 19, 2013 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: Coach Education Criticised

Geoff - you make a good point and it is the behaviour of our volunteer workforce which elicits within me some sympathy for the plight of any person charged with being a coach educator. For improvement in any activity requires, first of all, that an individual genuinely desires to improve upon what t...
by Pete S
Sun May 19, 2013 4:23 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Coach Education Criticised
Replies: 25
Views: 1854

Re: Eriksson rumuored to quit?

The nationality of any NGB Head Coach is but a small part of the equation and it would be foolish to focus too much attention on this aspect. In any organisation it is usually quite healthy to bring in people with an external perspective. It's worthwhile remembering that, in the past, many of the UK...
by Pete S
Fri May 17, 2013 11:24 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Eriksson rumuored to quit?
Replies: 54
Views: 3949

Re: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!

I'm glad it wasn't just me!
by Pete S
Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:11 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!
Replies: 58
Views: 5189

Re: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!

Thanks for joining in Helen - He's done a remarkable job and fully deserves to be recognised.

As you say, it's not just the "headline act" of Holly but the others whom he has taken from lowly heights that really mark out the calibre of his work.

Long may it continue.
by Pete S
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:02 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!
Replies: 58
Views: 5189

Re: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!

I'm sure that we can all echo the sentiments aired by many of the fans who have contributed to this thread, this young lady's achievement is very inspiring. But for curious coaches it should raise a few questions - how is it possible for one coach to propel a kid from 2.00m in 2008 to a World leadin...
by Pete S
Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:14 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Holly Bleasdale New National Record!!
Replies: 58
Views: 5189

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

With the greatest of respect to many of the posters and in acknowledgement of Hank's last comment, this thread is drifting further and further away from the subject. There is a lot of interaction between the various aspects of our sport, naturally, but given that the subject here is coaching then we...
by Pete S
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:15 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

I think I see what you're getting at Fangio..a couple of names come to mind though; Denise Lewis ?Kelly Sotherton? Wasn't Daniel Caines a Birchfield "product"? Of course the point is that these athletes and others like them, were brought "up to standard" by individual coaches, Da...
by Pete S
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: UK middle distance (women).

PJS - DJ has dealt with the hair "issue" that you raised - basically these kids aren't moving fast enough for it to be an issue. On the subject of "form" though, what exactly do you mean? Do you mean that she "looked good" while she was running? It's all about the stopw...
by Pete S
Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: UK middle distance (women).
Replies: 30
Views: 5571

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

Sidelined/Geoff - for the most part athletics clubs (or more accurately the coaches within them) have proven themselves utterly unwilling to learn or operate outside of their comfort zone. You can put on any number of roadshows/coaching workshops/whatever and the minute the show is over, all the les...
by Pete S
Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:56 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

I fully agree with the general thrust of this discussion, it's heartening to read some of the posts. Observer - I believe that you have made some excellent points. I would however make the following observations: Clubs have, for decades, proven themselves entirely useless at implementing coaching sc...
by Pete S
Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:13 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

I think that the point about paying hitherto voluntary coaches has been well made - I do however see a problem that needs to be addressed... How does paying for coaching improve the quality of that which is done? The likelihood of an awful lot of the coaching that I see ever helping athletes towards...
by Pete S
Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:50 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

Au contraire mon ami.....! And what a magnificent job he is doing ;-)
by Pete S
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:47 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?

With the greatest of respect Gruffalo, I don't believe that is a fair reflection on the quality of British coaches. Just "being foreign" doesn't bestow greater coaching ability on an individual - I'm sure that is not what you meant? Bruce Longden, Malcolm Arnold, John Anderson, Wilf Paish,...
by Pete S
Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:59 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Lack of Trust in UK Coaching?
Replies: 109
Views: 47053

Re: Triple Award joy for Athletics

Well I am obviously (thankfully?) isolated from this type of people or have learned to filter them out! The only people I come into contact with are either those with massive experience who air their criticisms at the same time as they proffer solutions, or the people who just accept whatever is pre...
by Pete S
Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:55 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Triple Award joy for Athletics
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: Triple Award joy for Athletics

I know this will do me no favours, but perhaps if people actually got behind the plans it might actually work. Maybe it is the bickering and stubborness that stops these ideas working not the validity of the ideas themselves. Which parts are not working? I recently saw a weekend gathering in Birmin...
by Pete S
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Triple Award joy for Athletics
Replies: 9
Views: 709

Re: UK middle distance (men).

BG/Steve - I think you have both made some interesting points. On the subject of speaking to Seb about m/d training - I'm sure that he could tell you what he did, which may be illuminating in some way but he won't really be able to tell you why he did it - he's no coach and has no track record in co...
by Pete S
Sat Nov 26, 2011 12:47 am
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: UK middle distance (men).
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: UK middle distance (men).

It's a good question Steve. For my money it highlights a big issue amongst the coaching fraternity - nobody is prepared to listen to those coaches who have done "the hard yards" in the past. I see it everywhere and every day. A lot of people/coaches(?) on this forum for instance, are happy...
by Pete S
Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: UK middle distance (men).
Replies: 14
Views: 1299

Re: 365 Ways to bore the kids..

Hank, RS10, SRB, Geoff and others.. "...focussing on process as well as outcome.." "...technical expectations higher at each level..." IF I had had no exposure to the world of youth athletics then these would strike me as fine, academically sound phrases. But..dig a little deeper...
by Pete S
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:22 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 365 Ways to bore the kids..
Replies: 24
Views: 3292

Re: Read It In The News 2011

SteveK26 - No, definitely not Steve Backley.
by Pete S
Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:14 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: Read It In The News 2011
Replies: 373
Views: 22779

Re: 365 Ways to bore the kids..

Geoff, maybe if the governing body has proved itself incapable of producing good quality coaching materials, those with the necessary experience, enthusiasm and expertise should do it themselves. In these days of electronic publishing it's not expensive - except it terms of time and effort, that is...
by Pete S
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:44 pm
 
Forum: Current events
Topic: 365 Ways to bore the kids..
Replies: 24
Views: 3292
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