Chris Mole is nominated for talent coach development programme

John Stacey, Club Coach Support Officer, England Athletics, has nominated Chris Mole, North Shields Polytechnic Club, to take part in  Tyne & Wear Sport’s talent coach development programme ran by the County Sport Partnership, between October 2016, and January 2017. 
Tyne & Wear Sport have asked all National Governing Bodies (NGB’s) to nominate coaches who have been highlighted as the next generation of talent coaches in their sport. TWS will then provide 4 continued professional development workshops and an offer a bursary of £250 to all talent coaches. As a talent coach, Chris will access the:
•             Sports coach UK “what is talent” workshop (Monday 24th October 6pm – 9pm, Sunderland University)
•             App’s for coaching development workshop (Monday 28th November 6pm – 8pm, Gateshead Academy for sport)
•             Sports coach UK “talent across the ages” workshop (Tuesday 13th December, 6pm – 9pm, Sunderland University)
•             Video Analysis – Northumbria University (Monday 16th January, 6.30pm – 8pm, Northumbria University)
•             £250 Tyne & Wear Sport coaching bursary to help with his onwards development
Following his nomination, NOTAN happily covered the £50.00 administration charge to enable Chris to attend the talent programme. We wish Chris all the best, and hope that he continues to pass on his knowledge and experience to one and all. 


Would you like to take your first steps to becoming a coach contact your Club Secretary and/or Chairman and together with NOTAN we will work to get you on a course that most suits your wants. 

A new award is now available Leading Athletics it is open to anyone aged 14yrs +.

Alternatively if you are over 18 you may like to try the Coaching Assistant course we have courses coming up, or you may prefer to do a Leadership in Running Fitness “Lirf”. Again, course are available.

For those that wish to take the next step and become a coach.

Athletic Coach – a four day course followed by an assessment

There are also Coach in Running Fitness courses (CiRF) 

There are also Local Development Programme (LCDP) coaching days available for those coaches who share the same expertise. Information available on request. 

Online Modules

On line modules can either be in a new area discus… triple jump… wheelchair racing…?  Or could be something that is already on your coaching licence but at a more advanced level see for more information on Event Group Training or any other modules.  If you have not been on the site before you will need to log on using your coach licence number and a password then simply click on learn at the top of the page and choose an option.  All modules are free to register for so why not give them a go!!



If coaching isn’t for you but officiating is, then let your Club Secretary and/or Chairman know and together with NOTAN we can meet your wants.


For both Coaches and Officials, NOTAN and our partners provide financial help to enable individuals to develop their coaching and officials’ ambitions, just ask.

The following link gives the list of most upcoming coaching courses available in the area. Please get in touch with us if you are interested (Athletics Courses)

New information on u coach site




If you have an interest in running for fitness and you’d like to lead a group, then this is the course for you.


One day, with no assessment.



Anyone aged 18 or over, who is interested in taking the first step into a coaching pathway and wants to understand the fundamental technical principles of coaching.


Two days (normally delivered over the course of one weekend) with no assessment.



Anyone who has completed the Coaching Assistant Award and feels ready to take the next step to managing their own coaching groups. Currently qualified UKA Coaches looking to broaden their technical skills can also choose to attend as part of their continued education.


The course and assessment period is four days in total. Two days delivered as a weekend, a third day several weeks later and then a formal assessment on a final day.


Events need people to run the rules and we need more volunteers. Without individuals who know how athletics events should work they cannot take place!

We are working with UK Athletics Northern Region to develop more officials in athletics. Details of what is involved in the Level 1 Assistant Officials’ Course can be viewed here

If you want to become an Assistant Athletics Official then contact us to discuss how we can help you get involved.



A network of coach mentors is being set up around England, headed up by a National Coach Mentor (NCM) team.  The National Coach Mentors will lead the National Coach Development Programme and focus will be on event specific support and development, but will also cover topics specific to the needs of participating coaches in other more generic areas.

The mentoring programme aims to support you, the coach and offers regular contact with a National Coach Mentor, an individual development plan tailored to your needs and goals, and access to top level support services, technical conferences and workshops.  In return, you will be asked to participate fully in the programme’s activities and to pass on what you have learned by mentoring up to two other coaches in your local area, thus cascading best practice through all levels of the sport. In this way England Athletics will be able to build a network of supremely qualified coaches to ensure a great future for our sport for 2012 and beyond.

The National Coach Mentors:

Clarence Callender



Bud Baldaro

(Endurance, 10k and above):


John Crotty

(Long Jump):


Scott Simpson

(Pole Vault):


Tony Hadley

(400m and Speed):



Martin Rush

(Endurance and Walks):



Denis Doyle

(High jump):



Tim Newenham




Dave Sunderland

(Middle Distance and S/C):


Peter Stanley

(Triple Jump):



Graham Ravenscroft

(High jump):


Malcolm Fenton




Darrell Bunn

(Combined Events):



Dave Rowland

(Physical Preparation):



Rob Thickpenny

(Physical Preparation):


Scott Grace

(Youth Development):



Jenny Harris

(Youth Endurance):





England Athletics has announced a team of Area Coach Mentors who will work to build the future of endurance running in England. The new team includes some of the most respected coaches in endurance running in England.  These coaches will work with the national coach mentors covering endurance (Martin Rush, Dave Sunderland and Bud Baldaro) to ensure learning and best practice are shared and spread among coaches who want to develop their skills to the highest level possible and help their athletes maximise their potential.

They will work to provide mentoring for an identified local network of endurance coaches, manage up to twice-monthly local group training sessions in partnership with club networks and local network of coaches, and deliver Flying Coach sessions to clubs to help coaches and athletes develop and improve. The ‘mentors will work with local coaches and clubs on talent identification and ensure that talented endurance athletes are given the pathways they need to progress.’

To become involved with this part of the England Athletics Coach Development Programme download an application form below and return it to Martin Rush at


The Endurance Area Coach Mentor:

Stan Taylor:

(Cumbria & Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Durham & Tees Valley)


The Hurdles Area Coach Mentor:

Paul Wibberley

(Midlands and North)