I have been asked to forward the statement attached to all Youth Endurance athletes & coaches. This outlines that AAI will not be sending a team to the championships and the reasons why. Thanks.
National Junior Endurance Coach
At an IAAF meeting during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, one of the areas discussed at length was the area of youth sport. The IAAF made a decision at that meeting to cancel the IAAF World Youth Championships from the International Calendar starting from 2018.
Sebastian Coe, IAAF President, said: “We decided it’s not the best pathway for those athletes at that stage of their career”. He added that the decision was arrived at after "thorough research and consultation with coaches”. Research by the IAAF had shown the majority of athletes competing at the World Under-18 championships did not progress to the Senior level and that this level of competition provided an "unwelcome distraction’ to their development”. Coe stated that the IAAF has “instead decided to support area (continental) competitions in this age-group."
This is a strong message from IAAF, and one which Athletics Ireland supports.
Athletics Ireland will not be sending a team to the 2017 World Youth Championships in Kenya.
The Long-Term Athlete Development Model underpins Athletics Ireland’s philosophy for both Athlete & Coach Development.
Athletics Ireland offers age-appropriate competition experience to youth athletes through participation in:
- County, Regional & National Championships (both at School & Club level)
- Tailteann Games (Interprovincial Championship)
- Celtic Games & Celtic XC
- Schools International (SIAB)
- European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF)
- European Youth Championships
Carded youth athletes are further encouraged to develop a plan, with the long-term goal being International competitions at Junior (U/20), U/23 and Senior level, and (depending on their Carding Level) are supported to travel to smaller Meets in UK and Europe.
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Link to flickr album of photos from Leinster Master Championships and Juvenile Cross Country held in January.
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Level 2 Course 2017
A Level 2 course is planned for early 2017 in Athlone IT. This is a further opportunity for coaches to up-skill and network with their peers. The course will be offered in four streams and coaches selects their desired discipline. These include:
- Sprints and hurdles
- Middle distance, endurance and walks
The proposed dates are as follows:
- March 4th / 5th
- April 15th / 16th
- April 22nd / 23rd
The course will run from 9am to 5pm on each of these days. This course is open to coaches who are actively coaching and hold a Level 1 coaching qualification for at least a year.
On-line registration is available at the following links:
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All athletes over 12 years are welcome on the Development Squad. This is a great opportunity for athletes to get some training done in Athlone ahead of the Indoor Championships. Please encourage your athletes to come along.
Pole Vault will be added to the remaining two dates. This is open to anyone who wishes to learn how to Pole Vault as a beginner. The session will run alongside the Development Squad from 2-4pm.
The remaining dates for the squads are listed below.
Development Squad Performance Squad
January 7th 2017 Athlone IT Arena 2pm – 4pm 4pm-6pm
April 22nd 2017 Morton Stadium, Santry 11am – 1pm 1pm-3pm
The Development Squad takes place each day and is open to all athletes aged 12 years +. The squad will cost €5 per athlete each day. Events covered on the Development Squad are as follows:
Jan 7th 2pm-4pm Sprints, Middle Distance, Shot, Long Jump, Pole Vault
Apr 22nd 11am-1pm Hurdles, Middle Distance, Javelin, High Jump, Pole Vault
The Performance Squad is for selected athletes only from the U16 to U19 age groups. A list of those athletes selected for the Performance squad is available HERE.
Online registration for the Performance Squad is now closed. For those athletes who have not registered yet they can do so on Day 3 in Athlone.
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