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  • Christian Malcolm to leave Role as Head Coach

    Following restructure. He'll still be in post until end of Euro Champs.

    Always happens in any organisation when new people at the top come on board - they like to put their stamp on things. Article references more support for personal coaches. Will be interesting to see what that involves once fleshed out.

    Christian Malcolm: Ex-Olympic sprinter loses role as head coach of UK Athletics - BBC Sport

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    I've often wondered how these Head Coaches or Performance Directors fill their work-days. And do they actually have any positive impact on the performance of our top athletes? Beyond coming up with the details of the holding camp for major championships and providing a few soundbites for the media what do they actually do?! Make a few phone calls to check how our athletes are doing??

    Thinking about what an international athlete needs, how is a Head Coach or Performance Director involved in that? ...
    • A track to train at - Really doesn't need the help of Christian Malcolm
    • A coach - If an athlete is changing coaches is there anything useful that Christian can do to help??
    • Access to appropriate competition opportunities - Their coach and/or agent has a good grasp of all this. No need for Christian here
    • Access to a good sports physiotherapist - If they need a new one I'm sure there's a receptionist at UKA who can email them a list of approved practitioners. Christian doesn't need to get involved
    • Some funding if they're a full-time athlete - Yeah, Christian might be involved in decisions but there's a big committee that does all that
    Is it just jobs for the boys?

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    • trickstat
      trickstat commented
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      It is quite a good question really. A few other possibilities that might be relevant but this is largely guesswork:

      Maybe identifying specific shortcomings in terms of coaches for particular events or a geographical area.

      When it comes to funding decisions, the head coach may have knowledge that other members of the committee e.g. X didn't have a great year but they may know specific reasons why that happened that shouldn't apply next year.

      I think in more specialist events in particular, athletes tend to know each other and possibly each other's coaches as well. So, for example, if a Pole Vaulter's relationship with their coach breaks down or their coach becomes unable to commit the time needed for whatever reason, they will often know a coach who is reasonably local via somebody they compete against.

    • Ladyloz
      Ladyloz commented
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      I think it's a good question overall. I guess the medical staff; sports science staff etc. and any other employed coaches also report to the Head Coach/Performance Director.

      I suspect there is a lot of politics involved as well - dealing with UK Sport and the like

  • #3
    It is like playing the concertina.

    Position 1. Let’s support personal coaches at local level!.
    Position 2: Let’s concentrate skills in Centres of Excellence!

    Alternate every four years until the National Lottery system is abolished & the mighty money river dries up!

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    • #4
      Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post
      I've often wondered how these Head Coaches or Performance Directors fill their work-days. And do they actually have any positive impact on the performance of our top athletes? Beyond coming up with the details of the holding camp for major championships and providing a few soundbites for the media what do they actually do?! Make a few phone calls to check how our athletes are doing??

      Thinking about what an international athlete needs, how is a Head Coach or Performance Director involved in that? ...
      • A track to train at - Really doesn't need the help of Christian Malcolm
      • A coach - If an athlete is changing coaches is there anything useful that Christian can do to help??
      • Access to appropriate competition opportunities - Their coach and/or agent has a good grasp of all this. No need for Christian here
      • Access to a good sports physiotherapist - If they need a new one I'm sure there's a receptionist at UKA who can email them a list of approved practitioners. Christian doesn't need to get involved
      • Some funding if they're a full-time athlete - Yeah, Christian might be involved in decisions but there's a big committee that does all that
      Is it just jobs for the boys?
      Lucky , so appropriate. !!

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      • #5
        Well, he didn't last long, did he?

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        • #6
          and he seemed to do a good job in Australia

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          • #7
            Stephen Maguire appointed Technical Director: Stephen Maguire lands UKA technical director role - AW (athleticsweekly.com)

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