Athletics Northern Ireland/Ulster ‘Rising Stars’ Regional Squads kicks off in Donegal Town, Shercock and Derry/Londonderry

 

On Saturday and Sunday, over one hundred young athletes and coaches from across the province attended the first series of the 2010 - 2011 ‘Rising Stars’ Regional Coaching Squad training days. Blessed with glorious summer like weather the venues at Donegal Town, [Saturday] and Derry/Londonderry [Sunday] and Shercock [Sunday] were hives of activity as the coaches during a two hours sessions put the youngsters through a series of tests and introduced all to the fundamentals of speed [sprinting] and jumps[long jump].

 

Acceleration/speed over thirty metres - using speed gates; power/strength via a standing broad jump and medicine ball chest push for distance - 40mins

Event specific coaching followed when all athletes were introduced to the fundamentals of speed - 40minutes and jumps - 40minutes

 

The coaches delivering the sessions were very impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment shown by all the young athletes in attendance and by the personal coaches and parents who observed and assisted at the various venues.  The ‘Rising Stars’ squad imitative, promoted and ran in partnership between Athletics Northern Ireland and Athletics Ireland R.D.O.’s Elaine McCafferty and Eamon Harvey will find the youngsters and their coaches coming together for eight event specific coaching sessions and for two multi events competitions between now and next April.

 

Finally a word of thanks to the management of the various venues at Templemore, Derry, Tir Chonaill Athletics Club  and Shercock  Athletics Club for putting their facilities at the disposal of the squads and to the following  coaches who led event specific sessions:

Templemore - Jim Herron, Damien Crawford, Danea Herron and Paddy Cox;

Donegal Town - David Doherty, Paul O’Gara, Francis Shaw, and Eamon Harvey;

Shercock - John McGeever, Aidan Watters, James Ruxton, Noel Kennedy and Eamon Harvey

  

See attached for dates/venues of upcoming Rising Stars session.

 

 

Northern Ireland/Ulster ‘Rising Stars’ Provisional Dates 2010 – 2011

Donegal Town and Shercock Dates

 

Month Sat Sunday Comments

1

Sept 2010

25th Donegal Town

26th  Shercock

10.30 -1pm

2

Oct 2010

9th   Donegal Town

10th  Shercock

10.45 -1pm

3

Nov 2010

13th  Shercock

14th  Donegal Town

10.45 -1pm

4

Dec 2010

18th  Shercock

19th  Donegal Town

10.45 -1pm

5

Jan  2011

15th  Donegal Town

16th  Shercock

10.45 -1pm

6

Feb  2011

26th Donegal Town

27th   Shercock  

10.45 -1pm

7

Mar 2011

19th Shercock

20th  Donegal Town

10.45 -1pm

8

April 2011

9th   Shercock

10th  Donegal Town

10.45 -1pm

Indoor Competition U.U.J. or Meadowbank   Sat, 05 Feb 2011 – Multi event

Outdoor competition & BBQ               Sat    April 30th  2011  -All rounder

Belfast [U.U. Jordanstown] and Derry/Londonderry [Templemore] dates

 

Month

Sat Sunday Comments

1

October

2nd   UUJ

Sept 26th  Derry

2pm -4pm

2

Oct 2010

9th    UUJ

Oct  10th  Derry

2pm -4pm

3

Nov 2010

13th  UUJ

Nov 14th   Derry

2pm -4pm

4

Dec 2010

18th  UUJ

Dec  19th  Derry

2pm -4pm

5

Jan  2011

15th  UUJ

Jan  16th   Derry

2pm -4pm

6

Feb  2011

26th  UUJ

Feb  27th  Derry            

2pm -4pm

7

Mar 2011

19th  UUJ

Mar 20th     Derry

2pm -4pm

8

April 2011

9th     UUJ

April 10th     Derry

2pm -4pm

 

Shercock: Med ball Chest Push

 

Shercock: Rising Stars

 

Donegal Town: Speed Gates Test

 

Donegal Town: Speed Test

 

Shercock: Speed Test

 

Shercock: Standing Broad Jump