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Excelsior ADC: Athletics
Welcome to our Athletics Club page. We have weekly sessions in the Spring and Summer that are open to all, plus workshops and seminars. We are a fully affiliated Athletics Club and a member of British Athletics.
We accept athletes who are in school year 5 and above. Before that, we recommend they get outside and play and enjoy school activities.
Spring Training 2019:
Sessions finish on February 11th, resume on Monday February 25th until April 1st. 6 week block is £24 (18 for those also doing gymnastics).
Monday night: Strength and co-ordination training 1730-1830
Based on feedback and observation from the team sports players who came to the club last Winter. This session will help the youngsters improve their co-ordination (especially important around the growth spurt) and underlying strength.
The strength and co-ordination will help form the foundation for all sporting movements, including athletics.
£4 per session for club members (£3 if already doing gymnastics).
Feedback from the athletes
At the end of their each block of training, every athlete is asked to provide some feedback anonymously. Here is what they had to say after the September block:
I shall use this information to adjust what we do accordingly. Thanks to everyone for this useful information.
The programme shall be self-contained, but will provide foundation for future work. It will include:
- How to warm up
- Structural Integrity work (https://excelsiorgroup.co.uk/blog/structural-integrity/ )
- Jump and landing mechanics
- Strength training
- Cool down
Whilst the benefits of running are well known, there are also risks of just being a runner: overuse, monotony, one dimensional approach to fitness. As a member of the Excelsior ADC you will benefit from expert coaching to help you get better at running, but also be fitter and healthier overall.
Head Coach James Marshall is the author of Run Faster and has coached athletes from many sports to run faster. He designs the training sessions with the participants ability in mind. He is a fully licenced Athletics Coach with British Athletics
An example of the coaching tips you get is here:
For those wanting Individual running coaching with James Marshall, see the Run Faster page.
Our base is in Willand, Cullompton,Devon, Ex15 2RN. This is only 15 minutes from Tiverton and Wellington in Somerset, only 25 minutes from Honiton, Exeter and Taunton in Somerset.
Should I start running?
James has a huge breath and depth of knowledge on fitness issues. He is able to implement this knowledge into a practical course both making the task of fitness and conditioning both different and interesting from other fitness training that most are familiar with. He understands the safety issues when dealing with young adults strength and conditioning programmes. Programmes he sets are tailored to the individual needs of the group. There was a huge amount of progress made with some of these individuals in terms of their understanding of fitness and their own fitness levels.
01 Apr 2019
Athletic Development Coach – NORTH DEVON
Venue: North Devon, TBC;
Cost: £100 including materials and access to online resources. here.