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  1. 1. Progressing Coaching for Performance‘Preparing Coaches and Athletes to Represent Walesand Win Commonwealth Games Medals’Prepared by: The Welsh Athletics Performance & Coaching TeamContents Foreword 2 Purpose 3-4 01 Coaching 1.1 Progressing Coaching 5-9 02 Performance & Coaching Structure 2.1 Performance & Coaching Structure 10 2.2 Job Descriptions 11-14 03 Athlete Support 3.1 Support Structure 15 3.2 Athlete Support Packages 16 3.3 Criteria for Athlete Support 17 3.4 Athlete Support Expectations 17 3.5 Athlete Performance Targets 18 3.6 Facilities 18-19 3.7 Equipment 19 04 Competition 4.1 Competition Structure for Performance Athletes 20-21 4.2 Selection Process for International Competitions 21 4.3 Selection Guidelines for International Competitions 22-23 05 Summary 241|Page
  2. 2. ForewordWales has a reputation for being a great sporting nation and at times over-achieves for a country ofits size. The purpose of the 2011-2015 Welsh Athletics Progressing Coaching for Performance plan isto establish a consistent level of International Performance across all age groups and clearly define apathway for progression. The aim of ‘Preparing Coaches and Athletes to represent Wales and winCommonwealth Games medals’ is a shift in focus for Welsh Athletics.To achieve our objective, performance athletics in Wales will be focussing on progressing coaches,providing appropriate support systems for our highest performing athletes and to ensure there aresuitable competition opportunities throughout the four year cycle towards Glasgow 2014.Working in partnership with United Kingdom Athletics (UKA), the quality of performance across alllevels of practice will be the focus in the build up to the 2012 London Olympics. Welsh Athletics canand will contribute to the rise of performance throughout this historic time in Great Britain.In 2010 three Welsh athletes won European Athletics Championship medals and there were severalathletes on the UKA World Class Performance Plan. The 2011-2015 Welsh Athletics ProgressingCoaching for Performance plan will assist by providing expertise on a regular basis to Welsh athletesand their coaches. This will further their development and contribute towards Wales’ success atboth the London 2012 Olympic Games and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.Following the 2010 Commonwealth Games success of five medals and all twenty-three athletescompeting in a final, Sport Wales has selected Athletics as a Category A Sport. This classificationcomes with a higher level of responsibility and therefore a comprehensive performance plan mustmeet the demands of the 8 medal target set for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. These aspirationswill only be achieved by developing coaches and athletes with specific skill sets capable ofestablishing Wales as consistent multiple medal contenders.John DagataNational Performance CoachWelsh Athletics2|Page
  3. 3. PurposeThe first step towards international success is preparing coaches and athletes capable ofrepresenting Great Britain at the highest level, both junior and senior. Wales has a great history ofproducing athletes capable of competing for Great Britain at these levels, and our top athletes atpresent highlight this very fact. The next stage in the process is helping those identified athletes andcoaches produce performances at crucial times to be competitive in major games finals andultimately make the podium.Sport Wales has set targets for the next Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Glasgow 2014 aiming toachieve 25 base medals and 35 stretch medals as outlined in the Elite Sport Strategy. Following thesuccess Athletics experienced in Delhi, Welsh Athletics will be aiming to bring home 8 medals as asport, a significant increase on our medal count from Delhi. This is a jointly agreed target betweenWelsh Athletics and Sport Wales and one we look forward to working hard towards as anorganisation. It is important that this task be taken on board with a clear strategy that demonstrateshow athletics in Wales will achieve this target in a little over 3 years.The purpose of the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan is to clearly outline the directionWelsh Athletics as the National Governing Body will be taking to respond to the targets set and howwe will develop Coaching and Performance in Wales over the next four year CWG cycle (April 2011 –March 2015).This document will focus on key areas including the Performance Structure, Athlete Support,Coaching and the importance of having an International Competition structure that is bothsustainable and appropriate to ensure the highest level of success across all age groups.The expectations UKA has for a return on their investment are equally challenging. The number andquality of athletes progressing through the Performance Pathway to World Class competition levelsfrom Wales is one of the ways of reviewing how well UKA investment has been utilised. Performance Structure International 8 Progressing Teams Medals Coaching Athlete Support3|Page
  4. 4. The Key Outcomes • To progress the level of coach education opportunities relevant to the aims and ambitions of the athlete and coach, with an athlete-centred approach • To progress the implementation of the UKA Coach Development Pathway across Wales • To develop a comprehensive level of Coach and Athlete performance support • To establish a Performance structure with decision making capabilities in relation to performance athletics and be held accountable for the success of international teams during the 2014 CWG cycle • To develop a Performance structure capable of achieving 8 medals in Glasgow 2014 • To significantly contribute to the preparation of Coaches and Athletes for international competition • To increase the number of Welsh Athletes achieving Great Britain vests • To develop a demanding, yet realistic, set of performance guidelines for athletes to represent Wales • To increase the number of employed coaching opportunities in athletics • To clarify the roles and responsibilities of each position within the coaching and performance teamsThis document contains four key sections;Section 1: CoachingSection 2: Performance & Coaching StructureSection 3: Athlete SupportSection 4: Competitions4|Page
  5. 5. Section 1: Coaching1.1 Progressing CoachingIntroductionThe athlete and coach relationship is the foundation stone of athletics performance. Raising athleticsperformance standards across all ages and stages is dependent on improving coaches’ knowledgeand the quality and consistency of delivery. Viewing coaching as a lifelong learning process is crucialfor a coach.Part of this lifelong process requires coaches to maintain an up to date understanding of importanttheoretical topics such as long term athlete development. An understanding of these principles willaid the coach in creating the most appropriate training environment relevant to the athlete’sdevelopment stage. The track side implementation of this knowledge will help further enhance thelevel of delivery, providing the athlete with a high quality experience planned to progress them froma talented junior athlete to a successful senior.Furthering ones knowledge can be a timely and demanding process, but one that is both rewardingand enjoyable. Part of what makes coaching such a satisfying role is relishing the challenges andresponsibilities ahead, by maintaining an adaptive approach to producing athletes. An effectivecoach will ensure that the progression and achievement of every athlete within the group is of equalimportance, especially during the early development stages.Education Pathways – Qualifications & Coaching ProgrammesThe progression of a coach from an educational perspective can be summarised into two distinctpathways of learning; Qualifications and Continuous Personal Development (CPD).The qualifications aspect of learning follows a uniform programme of delivery designed to provide allcoaches with a consistent introduction to coaching. These courses help to provide a framework fromwhich coaches can build a personal action plan and begin to create a network of coaches that willcontribute to their progression over a period of time. Creating a personal network is a great way ofexploring new areas of study, benefiting from the experience and advice provided by other coachesand creating bonds with people that turn into lifelong friendships.Qualifications are essential for coaches to be able to practice the art of coaching in a safe, effectiveenvironment for athletes. A coach that achieves a qualification, which is part of the UKA CoachDevelopment Pathway, will become a licensed coach with UKA and insured to deliver within theremit of that chosen role. The progression of qualifications for a Coach would be; Coaching Assistant(qualified to assist) followed by either Children’s Coach or Athletics Coach (qualified to coachindependently).For detailed information about the new coaching qualifications structure, please refer to the ‘UKACoaching Qualifications Q&A’ document available to download from the qualifications page of theWelsh Athletics coaching web pages.5|Page
  6. 6. Athletics is a sport that consists of many different events that require coaches to attain a range ofunique skill sets, knowledge and understanding. Events can be categorised by ‘Event Group’ whichcombines several events that have a similar theme, these are traditionally covered by the followingevent groups; • Speed • Endurance • Throws • JumpsCombined events covers all of the event groups which requires a fully diverse range of technicalknowledge and skills, as well as detailed programming to incorporate all of the disciplines with atraining cycle. Often this means coordinating a network of coaches that can assist with thedevelopment of an all round combined events athlete.The event groups will play a significant role within the Progressing Coaching for Performance planand each area will be led by a National Event Group Lead coach (NEGL). The event leads will in partbe responsible for progressing both the coaches within their event group, as well as providingsupport to the athlete and coach pairs identified within the Athlete Support tiers.As part of their roles and responsibilities the NEGL will be required to deliver coaching workshopsacross Wales throughout the year. These will be delivered in various formats including evening, halfday or full day sessions. These workshops will be delivered as part of the coaching programmes, aswell as addressing the specific event group needs identified by the NEGL.The two main aims of the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan are; 1) Progressing Coaching in Wales 2) Win Commonwealth Games medalsTo fulfil these aims two Coach Development programmes will contribute to the progression ofcoaching throughout Wales at all levels; • Club Coach Programme • Commonwealth Games Podium Coach ProgrammeClub Coach ProgrammeThe target audience for the Club Coach Programme will be club coaches working with Young athletes(u13-u17) and Junior athletes (u17/u20).The key objectives of the Club Coach Programme are; 1. To help coaches prepare athletes to represent Wales, with particular emphasis on the u20 age group. 2. To progress coaches who have responsibility for Young athlete development, by expanding skills, knowledge and understanding through resources and structures capable of implementing successful developmental programmes across Wales.6|Page
  7. 7. The Club Coach Programme will focus on the development of fundamental skills and general athleticability, which athletes require from an early age, as well as event specific progressions. Working withthe Development team we aim to establish a progressive and successful introduction programmeutilising resources currently available such as Elevating Athletics, Athletics 365 and our very ownAthletics Development Centre curriculum. Coaches and clubs can implement these schemes locallyover the course of a year. [For more information about Club and Junior Development please refer tothe ‘Athletics Network Club Development Plan’ document published by Welsh Athletics.]Development opportunities will be available to all coaches working with all levels of athlete;however even when working with the junior age groups, the concept of developing athlete’s longterm for performance purposes should always be at the forefront of our vision. The key message forall developmental coaches should be that Wales is seeking to create a nation of ‘CommonwealthChampions’ rather than a nation of ‘junior champions’ that do not progress to senior athletics.Athletics is a late specialisation sport with the average age of top level international finalists being intheir mid 20’s to early 30’s.Throughout every level, appropriate competition should be utilised providing the coach withopportunities to continually refine the art of preparing athletes for International representation andmoving athletes to the next stage.Every year there are major domestic competitions both in Wales and across the UK in the formWelsh Championships and UK Championships for all age groups. These competitions provide thestepping stones to international representation and should be a major focus of club coaching andathlete performance.Key areas to address; • Provide athletes with a relevant and comprehensive athlete progression pathway from both a training and competition perspective • The transition from Junior to Senior athletics; Implement gradual and appropriate training and competition plans to help athletes remain competitive through these crucial years and prepare them for future Commonwealth Games and success in the sportThe junior to senior transition element of the programme will, over time, help address the commonperception that athletes leave the sport during or prior to their involvement in the u20 age group.There are a number of potential reasons cited as to why this may be the case; however the majorityof drop out issues can be addressed through coaching.If athletes continue to progress their level of performance, achieve personal targets, remain injuryfree and enjoy the time they invest into the sport, the retention of athletes becomes a lesssignificant task.Commonwealth Games Podium Coach ProgrammeThe task of winning Commonwealth Games medals from a coaching standpoint has led to thecreation of a targeted coaching programme. It is important to create opportunities for coachesworking with Commonwealth Games potential athletes to network and provide both an open andsharing culture, in which coaches can exchange experiences and further develop their knowledge.Creating a positive working relationship with fellow coaches is important to progress coaching at alllevels.7|Page
  8. 8. The podium group of coaches need to be well supported and valued. There would be great benefitfrom the informal nature of the sessions by effectively providing a form of mentorship to oneanother, but also to provide the opportunity to learn from some highly respected coaching experts.With the aim of winning 8 medals at Glasgow 2014 the Commonwealth Games Podium CoachProgramme will be a key factor in helping athletics secure the medal target set.The Commonwealth Games Podium Coach Programme will have one specific focus; 1. To help coaches prepare athletes to win Commonwealth Games medals.Coaches will primarily be invited to be part of this programme and they will be identified throughthe performance level of the athletes they are working with. All coaches currently working withCommonwealth Games (CWG) level athletes, as well as coaches to athletes identified via the CWGshort and long list will be invited. The short and long list athletes are those considered by thePerformance team to have the potential to medal and/or final at the Glasgow 2014 games andbeyond.The National Event Group Leads (NEGL) will contribute to the delivery and success of thisprogramme. Along with the NEGL we will be targeting coaches residing in the UK that have coachedathletes to podium performances at previous major games or championships. As well as the UK-based coaches, we will also be drawing upon the expertise of coaches from other countries.Athletics coaching in the UK is currently in a very strong position in the build up to London 2012.There is a wealth of knowledge throughout the UK, and many coaches have considerable experienceand proven success in preparing athletes to achieving medal winning performances at global events.As well as the UK based coaches we will also be working with UKA and England Athletics to bringinternational guest speakers to Wales. We aim to utilise these valuable relationships to help furtherthe progression of coaching in Wales.This process started in December 2010 when Welsh Athletics jointly hosted a coaching conferencewith England Athletics and UKA. This event managed to secure the expertise of Loren Seagrave as akeynote speaker, as well as workshops delivered by successful coaches from Wales and across theUK.The podium programme will predominately be delivered at the National Indoor Athletics Centrebuilding relationships between Welsh Athletics and the Sport Science expertise from the Universityof Wales Institute Cardiff. On occasion Podium Programme sessions will be held at other facilitiesacross Wales such as hotels & conference centres, universities and the Sport Wales National centre.Continuous Personal Development (CPD)Through the delivery of the coaching programmes Welsh Athletics will begin to prioritise additionalsupport to coaches who will significantly contribute to achieving the Progressing Coaching forPerformance plan vision. These coaches will be offered support to create a personal developmentplan, which will be owned by the individual coach and remain their responsibility to implement andmonitor with guidance. This will help in two ways; 1. Coaches will be required to self analyse their current coaching practice and provide a detailed SWOT analysis. This will provide a basis from which to identify consistent areas of8|Page
  9. 9. development required to meet coaches’ needs across Wales. 2. Welsh Athletics can specifically address these needs by organising workshops and material based on the requirements of coaches as well as utilising the strengths of these individuals to help with the delivery of the Club Coach Programme.Funds will be available for coaches working with athletes at the highest levels, including the NEGL tohelp further their development. This can be provided in several ways; • Part or whole contribution to conference fees • Part of whole contribution towards coach education courses • Part or whole contribution towards travel to other countries to source information and spend time with expert coaches in their field • The purchasing of educational resources / library of information for coachesMentoring SupportThe programmes identified above will provide opportunity to begin a system of focused coachsupport. Mentoring is a term often used and can sometimes be perceived as an area that requiresconsiderable resource and a comprehensive structure to support it. In simple terms mentoring couldbe considered to be the ‘sharing of information between people’. This can be achieved formally inthe way of scheduled one to one sessions, or simply the occasional email, telephone conversation orbrief encounter during a training night. Mentoring can also occur during an organised coachdevelopment event or indeed as a consequence of networking with other coaches.As the National Governing Body, Welsh Athletics encourage clubs and coaches to pursue individualmentoring programmes and to seek mentors that suit their individual needs. By encouraginginteraction between coaches within the same club and indeed between clubs, this would provide thebasis from which to produce a nationally based mentoring programme. In due course a morewidespread mentoring programme will be established.In the first instance the NEGL coaches will help to progress both coaches and athletes within theirevent group of which mentoring will be a part. Additionally with the performance vision at theforefront of everything we do, resources will be aligned to meet the needs of coaches contributingtowards ‘Preparing Athletes to Represent Wales & win Commonwealth Games Medals’.9|Page
  10. 10. Section 2: Performance & Coaching Structure2.1 Performance & Coaching StructureThe Off Track running community have an opportunity to engage with the Run Wales initiative toraise the profile of off track events and enhance athlete experiences. The Performance and Coachingstructures will engage with both the Run Wales and Development functions of the sport. A joined upapproach is important for the successful delivery of all Welsh Athletics plans.10 | P a g e
  11. 11. 2.2 Job DescriptionsNational Performance Coach – Full TimeResponsible to: Chief Executive OfficerResponsible for: National Event Group Lead Coaches (Joint scheduling responsibility with the Coaching Manager) Physiotherapist Sport Wales Science and Medicine resourcesKey interface with: UKA Strategic Head of Coaching and Development Sport Wales Performance TeamLocation: National Indoor Athletics CentreBudget Responsibilities: PerformanceOverall Purpose of the role: The leader of Welsh Athletics Performance, as outlined in the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan 2011-2015. The NPC will be required to provide strategic direction and leadership to the team that deliver performance athletics for Wales.Key Responsibilities: • To deliver Performance within the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan • To report on the Performance delivery of the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan to the appropriate governance structures of Welsh Athletics • To manage, control and report on the relevant budget headings • To act as the primary Welsh Athletics interface with the Sport Wales Performance Team • To provide leadership and direction to the Performance Team • To provide leadership to all athlete and coach partnerships as identified in the plan and to ensure all matters related to performance coaching are effectively delivered • To jointly manage all performance staff, including a 6 month review and annual appraisalPerformance Preparation and Delivery • To achieve success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning 8 medals • To be responsible to the Chief Executive Officer on all matters pertaining to team performance across all disciplines • To work with the Coach Development Manager to ensure effective use of the National Event Group Lead Coaches • To appoint and oversee a team of relevant experts to act as the ‘Selection Advisory Group’ for International Selection for all Welsh International teams of all age groups and their support staff • To lead all Welsh International teams of all age groups and their support staff, including all Welsh teams on training camps and competition preparation events. Alternatively, select and be responsible for deploying a replacement as and when necessary • To work with the relevant committees to appoint all support staff for International competitions for all age groups including; Team Coaches, Team Management and Medical staff • To be responsible for and to monitor the performances of Welsh athletes identified through the Athlete Support Systems • To complete all necessary performance administration duties11 | P a g e
  12. 12. • To liaise with the Welsh Athletics Competition Manager with reference to International team logistics • To coordinate Sport Science and Sport Medicine servicesCoach Development Manager – Full TimeResponsible to: Chief Executive OfficerResponsible for: National Event Group Lead Coaches (Joint scheduling responsibility with the National Performance Coach)Key interface with: Athletics Networks Manager UKA Strategic Head of Coaching and Development Sport Wales Coaching TeamLocation: Cardiff International Sports StadiumBudget Responsibilities: Coach Development and EducationOverall Purpose of the role: The leader of Welsh Athletics Coach Development and Education, as outlined in the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan 2011- 2015Key Responsibilities: • To deliver Coach Development within the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan • To report on the delivery of Coach Development within the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan to the appropriate governance structures of Welsh Athletics • To manage, control and report on the relevant budget headings • To coordinate and implement the ‘UKA Coach Development Pathway’ in Wales • To work closely with the National Event Group Lead Coaches to coordinate and deliver the Progressing Coaching programmes for each event group • To coordinate both the Podium Coach and Club Coach programmes • To coordinate coaching conferences and seminars • To develop a coaching mentorship scheme in line with the Progressing Coaching for Performance plan • To be the key interface with the UKA Coaching and Development team • To be the key interface with the Athletics Networks club development team • To establish an annual programme of education, training and CPD courses at all levels across Wales • To be responsible for the coaching database • To take a lead on coach welfare within the equality framework • To increase the number of coaches to improve the infra-structure within the sport in Wales • To actively support coaches following initial training12 | P a g e
  13. 13. National Event Group Lead Coaches(Endurance, Sprints and hurdles, Jumps, Throws)Employer: Welsh Athletics LtdLocation: National Indoor Athletics Centre, CardiffSalary: Individual contracts (full time or part time) depending on experienceContract: To 2014, subject to ongoing external fundingCoordinated by: National Performance Coach, Coach Development ManagerMain purpose of role: Welsh Athletics is responsible for leading Athletics in Wales and is seeking toappoint dynamic and motivated individuals to performance and coach education roles, to work withcoaches & athletes in their event group, ensuring that their improvement is supported in accordancewith the ‘Progressing Coaching for Performance Plan’.The successful candidates will work as part of the ‘Progressing Coaching for Performance Group’ tocontribute to preparing athletes and coaches to represent Wales and win Commonwealth Gamesmedals and to deliver Wales-wide coach education. The preparation of coaches and athletes is vitalto success at future major international events including the London 2012 Olympic Games and theGlasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.Key responsibilities: • To work with the National Performance Coach and Coach Development Manager to deliver the Welsh Athletics Progressing Coaching for Performance plan • To create and deliver an event group coaching programme that inspires learning • To deliver event group specific and generic coach education opportunities across Wales • To provide coaching & mentoring support to the coaches of athletes identified through the Athlete Support Systems • To provide coaching support, where required, to athletes identified through the Athlete Support Systems • To attend all selection advisory team meetings and provide selection recommendations for all relevant internationals • To be the event group coach for all relevant Welsh International competitions and training camps • To achieve success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, winning 2 medals within their event group13 | P a g e
  14. 14. Medical Staff / Sport Science Support ServicesLead Physiotherapist [2 days a week or 16 hours] • To coordinate the medical support staff on a daily basis • To develop a working plan to coordinate the medical team under the guidance of the National Performance Coach • To develop and maintain an Injury Audit of athletes identified via the Athlete Support Systems • To provide appropriate provision of acute and over-use injury management • To coordinate athlete support services led by the National Performance Coach, including the rehabilitation planning for injured athletes, establishing Strength and Conditioning (S&C) support and offering guidance for the personal coach during ongoing implementation • To develop preventative strategies for CWG and WAA athletes • To conduct annual musculoskeletal profiling, group sessions to target key areas for each discipline coordinated by the physiotherapist for the S&C Coach and Personal Coaches to continue • To provide education to coaches, and work closely with the Coach Development Manager to organise workshops with input from Physiotherapists, S&C Coaches and the National Event Group Leads • To organise appropriate medical and physiotherapy cover at Welsh Championships, training camps and potentially other events organised by Welsh Athletics for performance athletes identified & supported by Welsh AthleticsServices Accessed Via Sport Wales: • Sports Doctor [½ a day a week or 4 hours] • Sports Massage [1 day a week or 8 hours] • Strength & Conditioning Coach [2 days or 16 hours] • Nutritionist • Sport Physiologist • Biomechanist14 | P a g e
  15. 15. Section 3: Athlete Support3.1 Support StructureKey:Sports Aid = Financial assistance available for athletes aged 16-22Welsh Athletics Academy = Support packages available for athletes with CWG potential, aged 17-22Welsh Athletics CWG = Support packages for potential Commonwealth Games medallists, aged 22+UKA Futures = UKA support for athletes and their coaches. Targeting athletes aged 17-20. WCPP Development & UKA WCPP Podium = UKA support for high performance athletes = World Class Performance Pathway15 | P a g e
  16. 16. The Welsh Athletics Athlete Support systems will integrate with the UKA model, and will also focuson providing financial and sporting assistance to Welsh Athletes who have the potential to deliversuccess at the next Commonwealth Games or, who are an U20 (or U17 in some exceptional cases)athlete who the Performance Team feel has the ability to deliver at the Commonwealth Games forWales in the future. This will therefore be divided into 2 support strands; 1. Commonwealth Games support (Levels 1, 2 and 3) 2. Welsh Athletics Academy support (Levels 1, 2 and 3)The CWG support will be targeted at Senior and U23 athletes who have the ability to make the finalof the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The WAA is intended to support future Welsh talent.3.2 Athlete Support PackagesCommonwealth Games Support • Any athlete added to the CWG support programme will have access to coaching support from the National Event Coach in their event group • Any athlete added to the CWG support programme will have access to medical support on a priority basis through levels 1-3. • Any athlete added to the CWG support programme will have access to sport science support* on a priority basis through levels 1-3 (* via Sport Wales) • Any athlete added to the CWG support programme will have free access to facilities and equipment at the main performance hub and satellite centres • Athletes will be eligible to receive the additional financial assistance; o Level 1 - £5000 o Level 2 - £3000 o Level 3 - £1500Welsh Athletics Academy Support • Any athlete added to the WAA support programme will have access to coaching support from the National Event Coach in their area • Any athlete added to the WAA support programme will have access to medical support on a priority basis through levels 1-3 • Any athlete added to the WAA support programme will have access to sport science support* on a priority basis through levels 1-3 (* via Sport Wales) • Any athlete added to the WAA support programme will have free access to facilities and equipment at the main performance hub and satellite centres • Athletes will be eligible to receive the additional financial assistance; o Level 1 - £3000 o Level 2 - £2000 o Level 3 - £100016 | P a g e
  17. 17. 3.3 Criteria for Athlete SupportCommonwealth Games and Welsh Athletics Academy Support • The athlete should have attained the performance funding standard displayed in Appendix A for their age / year of birth during the 2010 season • The athlete should display a positive upward or stable performance profile trend • The athlete should be considered by the Performance Team to have the potential to make a final in Glasgow 2014 • The athlete should be in a positive, stable and recognised coaching support system • The athlete should submit an annual training programme; detailing the competition plan, training cycles, and other key information which will be considered by the National Performance Coach and the performance team • The athlete’s geographical location will be consideredNote: Following the assessment of these key criteria by the performance team, the athlete will theneither be assigned to a level of support at either Level 1, 2 or 3 or not supported.3.4 Athlete Support ExpectationsCommonwealth Games and Welsh Athletics Academy Athlete Support Expectations • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be required to submit a bi-annual update report on their progress throughout that period. This will include information on; o Performance improvements (competition) o Training improvements (testing and monitoring battery) o Injury status o Expenditure o Future planning o Review of the service provision • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be expected to make themselves available for any Welsh International events that they are selected for • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be expected to compete at the UK senior Championships for which they qualify • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be mandatory to compete at the Welsh Senior Championships in the Commonwealth Games year in their event • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be expected to compete at the Welsh Senior Championships in non-Commonwealth Games year • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be expected to attend various marketing and publicity events as required by Welsh Athletics (minimum 2 per year if requested) • All athletes in receipt of CWG/WAA funding will be required to maintain a professional working standard and be a strong ambassador for the sport of Athletics in Wales17 | P a g e
  18. 18. 3.5 Athlete Performance Targets2011-2012Senior Great Britain Major Games Targets [World Championships]Total Attendees 6Finalists 1Medals 1Junior Great Britain Internationals [European U23/ European U20/ World University Games]Total Attendees 14Finalists 6Medals 3Youth Great Britain Internationals [World Youth Championships]Total Attendees 2Finalists 0Medals 0Youth Wales Internationals [Youth Commonwealth Games]Total Attendees 6*Finalists 4*Medals 2*These are projected figures based on the potential number of team places available3.6 FacilitiesIn Wales we are very fortunate to have a versatile indoor arena capable of hosting a multitude ofathletics events for training and competition purposes. As part of the Progressing Coaching forPerformance plan, the National Indoor Athletics Centre will play a key role in the success of ourprogramme. Athletics needs to establish a priority presence in the centre and resources utilisedtowards helping the sport achieve its primary performance objectives.Partnership working between the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Welsh Athletics, Sport Walesand UKA is crucial if we are to drive forward a performance vision. Part of this relationship will helpretain our top junior Welsh athletes in Wales and training at the centre and attending university.The National Indoor Athletics Centre [NIAC]To develop our top junior and senior athletes, fixed training times need to be established to avoidclashes with university lecture timetables and external bookings. The table below outlines thetraining times required for sole athletics use:18 | P a g e
  19. 19. Morning Afternoon EveningMonday 09:00 - 12:00 (120m) 13:00 - 16:00 (200m & throws) 17:00 – 21:00Tuesday 17:00 – 21:00Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 (120m) 13:00 - 16:00 (200m & throws) 17:00 – 21:00Thursday 17:00 – 21:00Friday 09:00 - 12:00 (120m) 13:00 - 16:00 (200m & throws) 17:00 – 21:00Saturday 09:00 - 13:00 (whole arena) 17:00 – 21:00The Weight RoomThe NIAC weight room has undergone a significant transformation over the last few months withinvestment secured from Welsh Athletics, UWIC and Sport Wales. This gym is to become an ‘AthleteOnly’ gym and an agreed list of users (both athletes and coaches) should be produced to help controlthe quality of the training environment.The Welsh Athletics National Performance Coach will liaise with the centre management regardingthe upkeep and maintenance of the facility. Issues such as equipment storage, track maintenanceand scheduling will become part of this regular dialogue. Processes and protocols need to bedeveloped with input from all major stakeholders; Welsh Athletics, UWIC, Sport Wales and UKA thathave an interest in the success of the centre with regards to athletics. These should include updatingthe user agreement for the facility to be agreed upon, signed and monitored by all parties.Any decisions that impact major changes to the usage, maintenance and development of the centreshould be discussed and agreed upon by all concerned. A monthly meeting should be put in place todiscuss all issues relating to the successful functioning of the centre.3.7 EquipmentTo maintain a performance orientated environment capable of winning 8 medals at the Glasgow2014 Games, NIAC needs to be able to provide our top athletes and coaches with first class facilitiesand equipment on a daily basis. The major training and competition items such as Pole Vault Beds,High Jump Beds, maintenance of the Long/Triple Jump pits, netting and curtains, track surface etcshould remain the responsibility of the centre with grants available to access via Sport Wales inconjunction with Welsh Athletics.To enable Welsh Athletics to maintain equipment a safe and secure storage facility will be requiredseparate to that of the university and public. This facility will be controlled daily by our PerformanceStaff. A signing in sheet and booking form process will also be implemented to monitor the usageand maintenance of the equipment.The replacement of larger more expensive items that may be damaged or broken during the courseof the year will need to be negotiated upon between Welsh Athletics, UWIC and Sport Wales.19 | P a g e
  20. 20. Section 4: Competition4.1 Competition Structure for Performance AthletesThe WA competitions structure should not only be focussed on providing appropriate competition toour CWG athletes, but also help to develop the next generation of CWG athletes. The CWG athleteswill be aiming to achieve the qualifying standards for the following events each season; o Commonwealth Youth Games o World Youth Games o World Junior Championships o European u20 / u23 Championships o European Championships o Commonwealth Games o World Championships o Olympic GamesThe competition structure needs to provide clear pathways for both current international athletesand talented junior athletes to gain vital International experience. Athletes that achieve theInternational Guidelines and who are worthy of International standard competition will be selectedto compete in two international opportunities indoors and outdoors. These opportunities willenhance their development and provide them with an appropriate platform to achieve qualifyingtimes for the events highlighted above, as well as credible performances to gain selection onto UKAfunding schemes.The pathway has indentified the need for athletes to support and compete to a higher standard atboth Welsh National Championships and also UK National Championships for all age groups. Athletesidentified through the Athlete Support Systems are required to compete in Welsh Championshipevents, to both help promote athletics in Wales and provide aspiring athletes the best possiblechampionship competition in Wales. The Welsh Championships should be a key stepping stone to UKNational championships at all age groups.Under the new format, Welsh athletics aims to take teams to The UK Senior Championships and theEngland Athletics u20 Championships, both indoors and outdoors. This will promote a strong teamethos, thus helping the development towards 2014 CWG. This support also ensures that eligibleathletes are maximising the opportunities provided by competing at the UK Championships, andprovided with the correct level of support.The Welsh and UK National Championships, provide progressive competitive opportunities that willcontribute to athlete’s progression towards International selection. Competing at the appropriateUK Championships or England Age Group Championships will become a prerequisite to Welshrepresentation at International competitions. This scheme also gives the potential CWG teammanagement more key interaction time with all athletes, whether it be seniors or those developingthrough the age groups.20 | P a g e
  21. 21. Figure 1. Competition Pathways Indoors Junior Senior Open Meetings Open Meetings ↓ ↓ Welsh Junior Championships Welsh Championships ↓ ↓ England Junior Championships UK Championships ↓ ↓ Welsh International Opportunities Welsh International Opportunities Celtic Cup Celtic Cup International Invitation Meets ↓ Grand Prix Meets ↓ GB InternationalsFigure 2. Competition Pathways Outdoors Junior Senior Open Meetings Open Meetings ↓ ↓ Regional Championships Regional Championships ↓ ↓ Welsh Junior Championships Welsh Championships ↓ ↓ England Junior Championships UK Championships ↓ ↓ Welsh International Opportunities Welsh International Opportunities Celtic Games Loughborough International ↓ ↓ GB Internationals GB Internationals4.2 Selection Process for International CompetitionsThe selection panel will consist of the relevant committee selectors and team managers plus thefollowing Performance Staff; • National Performance Coach • National Event Group Lead Coaches (advisory)The National Event Group Leads will research the athlete performances within their event group andprovide a comprehensive list of athletes for ‘consideration’. To obtain this information the EventLeads may call upon the services of assistants and personal coaches to provide the most accurateinformation possible at the time of selection.21 | P a g e
  22. 22. 4.3 Selection Guidelines for International Competitions Welsh Athletics has previously issued a set of International Selection guidelines for both Senior and Junior athletes. Athlete’s achieving these guidelines will be eligible for selection to represent Wales. The guidelines are designed to enhance the significance and value of gaining a Welsh international Vest. These guidelines are shown below in Figures 3 & 4 and include both outdoor and indoor performances required from U16 through to senior level. Figure 3. Indoor International Guidelines Senior Men Event Senior Women U20 Men Event U20 Women 6.85 60m* 7.70 7.15 60m* 8.00 21.8 200m* 24.4 22.4 200m* 25.4 48.5 400m* 56.0 50.5 400m* 58.0 01:52.0 800m* 02:10.0 01:56.0 800m* 02:15.0 03:50.0 1500m* 04:24.0 04:00.0 1500m* 04:38.0 8.15 60mh* 8.80 8.50 60mh* 9.25 2.03 HJ 1.72 2.00 HJ 1.70 4.70 PV 3.80 4.40 PV 3.55 7.15 LJ 5.65 7.00 LJ 5.40 14.25 TJ 12.30 13.75 TJ 11.75 14.55 SP 13.00 14.25 SP 12.00 Figure 4. Outdoor International GuidelinesSenior Men Event Senior Women U20 Men Event U20 Women10.7 100m 11.9 11.0 100m 12.321.7 200m 24.3 22.3 200m 25.248.5 400m 55.5 49.9 400m 57.501:51.8 800m 02:09.5 01:54.8 800m 02:14.203:48.5 1500m 04:24.0 03:55.0 1500m 04:35.0 3000m 09:40.0 8:40.0 3000m 10:00.014:15.0 5000m 16:10.0 14:45.0 5000m 17:00.008:58.5 3K/2K SC 10:10.0 06:05.5 2K SC 7:50.014.2 110/100mh 14.0 14.4 110/100mh 14.552.6 400mh 61.0 55.0 400mh 62.82.03 HJ 1.72 2.00 HJ 1.704.70 PV 3.80 4.40 PV 3.557.15 LJ 5.65 7.00 LJ 5.4014.25 TJ 12.30 13.75 TJ 11.7514.55 SP 13.00 14.25 SP 12.0046.75 DT 45.00 45.00 DT 38.0059.50 HT 50.00 61.10 HT 48.0065.00 JT 45.00 58.00 JT 40.00 22 | P a g e
  23. 23. U18 Men Event U18 Women U16 Men Event U16 Women11.1 100m 12.5 11.8 100m 12.822.6 200m 25.7 24.1 200m 26.651.0 400/300m 42.0 54.4 400/300m 43.0001:57.0 800m 02:15.0 02:07.5 800m 02:21.004:04.0 1500m 04:40.0 04:27.5 1500m 04:52.008:57.5 3000m 10:15.0 12.00 80/75mh 12.0006:26.0 2K SC 08:00.0 1.72 HJ 1.6013.8 100/80mh 11.75 3.30 PV 3.0556.5 400/300mh 45.00 5.90 LJ 5.001.90 HJ 1.68 12.75 SP 10.004.20 PV 3.45 35.00 DT 27.006.40 LJ 5.35 45.00 HT 40.0013.25 TJ 11.35 42.5 JT 30.0014.00 SP 11.1543.00 DT 34.0053.00 HT 43.0053.00 JT 38.00 23 | P a g e
  24. 24. Section 5: SummaryAs a National Governing Body we feel the proposed plan will help contribute towards the rise ofperformance athletics at the Commonwealth Games level, as well as the club and regional level thatare vital for developing the next generation of champions.The positive steps taken and the significant shift towards a performance culture within Wales, willlead to an area of the sport that is innovative, forward-thinking, accountable and most importantlyin control of its own destiny.The considerable target set for athletics of achieving 8 medals in Glasgow 2014 starts here and weare ready to direct energy and resources into achieving this target and elevating the importance of‘Preparing Athletes to Represent Wales & win Commonwealth Games Medals’.24 | P a g e