Olympic star gives thumbs up to initiative 

21/10/2008 00:00 

A BRAND new athletics initiative has recently blasted out of the blocks and been given a massive seal of approval by Olympic gold medallist Lynn “the leap” Davies.

Welsh Athletics has rolled out a masterplan – which is the first of its kind in the UK - designed to revitalise the sport in Wales by honing the skills of athletes, clubs and coaches.

It involves the birth of three Athletic Development Centres (ADCs) which will run on a weekly basis out of Wales’ indoor facilities at the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), Deeside and Swansea.

And young people, between the ages of 11-15 years-old, are now under starter’s orders, having been invited to take part in the weekly sessions.

The plans have received a glowing report from former senior lecturer at UWIC Lynn Davies MBE, who is also the President of UK Athletics:

"It is great that Welsh Athletics has developed Athletics Development Centres which will benefit coaches and athletes of all age groups and levels of ability, with the emphasis on fun, enjoyment and participation, but also with one eye on those talented young athletes who are aspiring to be the best."

Creating a hub of bustling athletics activity, the ADCs offer young hopefuls the opportunity to follow a UK:Athletics programme which places emphasis on run, jump and throw skills.

Set to deliver sessions for three 12-week terms, each ADC will culminate in an Inter-ADC Run, Jump Throw competition. As well as providing new opportunities for young people, clubs and coaches are also set to further their skills from a coach and teacher education programme which will be delivered by a new National Coaching Team and specialist delivers.

By observing the weekly athletics programme, which will be delivered by the ADC coaches, it is hoped that coaches and teachers will learn new skills and techniques. The aim is also to create a forum for the sharing of good practice for the maximum benefit of the sport in Wales.

For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk