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Coaching Assistant Course

Posted: 14th Oct 2018 by Lewis Smith

Are you interested in becoming qualified as a Coaching Assistant?

England Athletics are running a two-day Coaching Assistant course on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018. The course will be held at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford from 09:00-17:00.

The Coaching Assistant qualification is for those who wish to move towards becoming a coach, and begin to gather experience in the detail of making coaching decisions. Once qualified, you will be able to coach under supervision from a fully licensed coach. The Coaching Assistant qualification is required to progress to the full Athletics Coach qualification.

There are strictly 18 places available on the course, with registration closing on Friday 26th October 2018. Please book now to avoid disappointment. The cost of the course is £245, or £185 for EA affiliated athletes. The minimum age to attend this course is 16 years old.

The course code is 'SC1256'.

For further information about the qualification, please visit:

English Schools' Combined and Race Walks Championships

Posted: 21st Sep 2018 by Lewis Smith

Ashford AC had three young athletes at this year’s English Schools' Combined Events and Race Walking Championships, last weekend.
Jacqueline Benson and Grace Whittingham were representing Kent in the Walking Championships. Jacqueline just missed out on a medal in the grueling Senior Girls 5000m Walk. Jacqueline finished a very impressive 4th place and was delighted to achieve a new personal best time of 30m56.13s. This was the 5th year of competing at English Schools', which in itself is a major achievement, and her best ever result. The season has seen Jacqueline break her personal best no less than eight times!
Grace was less fortunate in the Junior Girls 3000m Walk. Grace was on target for a personal best and a potential medal, but was eliminated from the race due to a technical infringement spotted by a very strict official.
In the combined events, Faith Cox was thrilled to be selected for Kent in the Senior Girls Heptathlon. Even though Faith finished 21st in a very large field, this was only her 2nd ever Heptathlon. Faith did, however, get a personal best in her favourite event - the 100m Hurdles - and another personal best in the Javelin.
All three girls agreed that as well as being proud to be representing Kent Schools' at a Major National Event, they all gained a lot from the experience.

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