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Judkowski have been selected for combined events and George Dale for the shot putt.

Coming up Availability sheets are out for three cross- country championship events in January and February and entry forms are out for the U11, U13 and U15 West Yorkshire Sportshall Athletics trials in the New Year. We are also organising two track sessions before Christmas at University Academy Keighley led by Joan Matthews to see if we can fit sprinting into our programme.

Shirley Wood

VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH September – Ian Marshall Ian is a Level 2 coach and has been coaching for 3 or 4 years in the junior section. He started with the Thursday 8 to 10 year old Sportshall Athletics sessions but has been coaching the 11-15 year olds on a Monday for the last two years. A regular at the Saturday morning Family Fell Run and leads this session when Neil is unavailable.

October – Max Greaves When we set up Ilkley Sportshall Athletics back in 2002 Max was our youngest junior at 7. I think it is fair to say that Max’s attention span in those days was not great and he definitely kept the coaches on their toes. Max did 8 years of Sportshall Athletics before ‘graduating’ out of the sessions last Easter and although does not hold any coaching qualifications due to his age has been a junior helper on a Thursday for the last 18 months. He helps to set up for the session, coaches during the sessions when required and is generally a fantastic help. Back in 2002 I don’t think any of us would have predicted such an outcome.

Our coaching structure

he junior coaching structure is always changing as we review what we are doing and make changes to cope with demand for the activities we provide; cater for the expertise and requirements of our coaches and try to make what we do sustainable.


After eight years of trying different formats and ideas I believe we are now very close to having an athletics programme that makes maximum use of our facilities, coaches and time. However we are still falling short on making Junior Ilkley Harriers sustainable.

In a normal coaching week, 42 people are involved in the delivery of our junior athletics programme – 6 Level 2 coaches, 12 Level 1 coaches, 9 parents and 15 junior helpers aged 14 to 16 years. It could not work with any less support. Junior Harriers coach requirements are different from the seniors as a coach or parent helper is only likely to be active while their child is in the athletics programme. Most get involved to support their child rather than from a desire to coach athletics. However we now have an excellent pool of coaches who are ex- athletes and this is one of reason why we are putting as much emphasis on specific coaching as general Sportshall Athletics. However there is a big turnover of coaches and each September the coach schedule is re-arranged as children move groups or out of the programme.

Since 2004, coach education has cost over £6,000; 32 people have qualified at Level 1 and nine at Level 2. However less than half are actively coaching now. So it is with some concern that I view the new


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