UK Athletics (UKA) has launched a dedicated coaching website offering media-rich content and on-demand video resources for 11,500 registered UK athletics coaches.
uCoach (uka.org.uk/coaching) - designed by Hampshire-based Pixel Scene - features 12 on-demand coaching and mentoring films, as featured here, shot and edited by production agency Line Up.
The coaching initiative will provide coaches with a one-stop shop for information about coach development, coaching qualifications, events, news and coaching resources.
The site has been designed to provide an interactive online community for coaches, with regular new blogs, video and audio content planned for coming months.
Coaches will also be able to login according to their existing qualifications, and then customise and filter content according to their specific needs.
Line Up’s 12 films, devised in partnership with England Athletics, focus on the benefits of coaching using an involving style.
Two introductory films feature interviews from David Hemery, CBE and winner of the 400m hurdles at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and Kevin Tyler, Strategic Head of Coaching and Development at UKA.
The remaining ten films will be released over the next few weeks, offering specific advice on coaching individual track and field disciplines, including hurdles, discus, pole vault and distance running.
Each film features coaches and athletes in action, discussing their experiences of a ‘Performer Centred Approach’ to training.
“This website and the new films being streamed on it will provide a practical and valuable on-demand training resource to our extensive network of registered athletics coaches in a move designed to improve standards across the board,” said coaching professional development manager at UKA, Tom Crick.