October 2022


  • January training for Squad tbc
  • Saturday 28th January 2023 Regional Finals

Round 1 Sportshall event.

Over 50 athletes competed in the first round of the Essex Athletic Networks Sportshall event, at Chelmsford.

Results, and details of Round 2 can be found HERE

February 2021
Details of our Online Coach Workshops HERE

January 2021

Happy New Year !

Not too much cause for celebration as our planned Essex Athletic Network Sportshall events will now not be planned until April at the earliest (Tiers permitting)

But, we have exciting plans for a few online training session workshops, covering Sprints, Hurdles, Endurance, Physical Conditioning, Nutrition and Injury Prevention. (to name a few ideas we have!)

More information available soon.

Stay safe, train when you can and within your regulations and we’ll be in touch real soon!


Excellent day at the Sportshall Regional Finals, with some great results….more


Endurance and Shot Putt workshop,

Details on the COACHING tab.


New Pole Vault & Hurldes workshop annouced.

Details on the COACHING tab.




All our forthcoming Sportshall events and Coach Workshops can now be booked via our Eventbrite channel:



We have offered the vacant Coaching Coordinator role to David Fewell, who I am glad to say has accepted.

David brings a vast experience of coaching, and sports participation to the role.

Essex Athletics Network have lined up Dr Amanda Wilding Pinckney MSc, BA (Hons), FHEA, Senior Lecturer, Sport Psychology & Coaching Sciences, Bournemouth University for a talk on

“Mental preparation for long distance running”

at Chelmsford Sports Centre on Friday 15th March 7pm-9pm, for up to 25 people.



We have to announce that due to extra workloads, Hayley Pegg has stood down from the Network role of Coaching Coordinator.
We thank her for all her work over the last few years, and the excellent workshops she has organised.
Therefore, please see the Coaching Coordinator Advert. (click for pdf version)

Essex Team at the Regional Sportshall Finals 9th February 2019.



Under 11 Girls 2nd

Under 11 Boys 4th

Under 13 Girls 2nd

Under 13 Boys 2nd

Under 15 Girls 2nd

Under 15 Boys 2nd


A series of movement skills workshops have been planned to support coach development and below are details of up and coming courses.

All workshops below cost £20.


Chelmsford Essex

Movement Skills 1 –  12th October . Further info can be found on this link:

Movement Skills 2-  25th November . Further info can be found on this link:

Tottenham Court Road, London.

Movement Skills 1     7TH October

Movement Skills 2     9th December

Ashford, Kent

Movement Skills 1    4TH November

Movement Skills 2   26TH Jan 2019


Round 1
Sunday 7th October 2018
12.30pm-2.30pm – Chelmsford

Round 2
Sunday 4th November 2018
12.30pm-2.30pm – Chelmsford

Round 3
Saturday 1st December 2018
10am-12.30pm – Chelmsford

Regional Finals
9th February 2019 – UEA, Norwich.

Events will be live for entries very shortly.

We are starting to prepare for our three Sportshall events, run by Essex Athletics Network, and building towards our 2019 Essex Teams to compete at the regional finals on Saturday 9th February 2019 UEA, Norwich.

Events will be live for entries very shortly, with dates in
October, November, and December.

2018 Open Timetable

Coach Workshop –  Throws

25th February 2018  – 10am to 11.30am
Chelmsford Sport & Athletic Centre, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, Essex.

read more

Essex Teams selected for Sportshall Regional Final…read more



Thanks to all our Sportshall volunteers, athletes and officials – provisional results online.

Our next TWO Workshops have been announced…read more


Sportshall Associates are delighted to announce that both 2017 All Rounder Champions Theo Adesina and Emily Tyrell will act as Sportshall Ambassadors for the forthcoming season. The roles are being handed over from previous All Rounder winners Radix Mulawarman and Amber Anning.


Our latest UK Final Under 15 All Rounder Champions will both act as role models at forthcoming Sportshall Schools and UK Championship events, presenting awards and inspiring young athletes to follow in their footsteps. Amber in particular was a huge help across last season – attending a variety of events including Schools, Regional and UK Finals.

Qualifying from the East Regional Final as the All Rounder Champion where he captained the Essex team Theo demonstrated consistently strong performances to edge Charlie Williams (Norfolk) and Harvey Darroch (Merseyside) into second and third place respectively.

Theo opened his competition with a Gold medal performance in the 4 lap (40.2 secs) and followed this up with Silver medal performances in Standing Triple Jump (8m57) and Shot (12m60).

As a member of Thurrock Harriers AC Theo, now competing in the U17 age group continues to compete in Multi-Events and currently sits second in the Power of 10 Long Jump rankings.

Emily progressed to the UK Final as the South West All Rounder Champion accompanying her Devon team after a close Regional Final competition.

Whilst both Theo and Emily go from strength to strength on the Track we look forward to welcoming them at upcoming events to aid us in spurring the next generation on to do their best and ultimately enjoy Athletics!

Welcome our Sportshall Ambassadors 2017-2018 – Theo Adesina & Emily Tyrell



Our Coach Workshop – Endurance, Transition from Track to Cross Country was held on 23rd September 2017 at Waterside Farm Leisure Centre, and 14 Coaches and Athletes were taken through their paces by Ian Pike (Benfleet AC)  read more



Following on from discussions with the Essex County Athletics Association, we are proud to announce the first new Coach Development Courses….read more.


SPORTSHALL 2017-2018 Fixtures

15th October

12th November

2nd December

Early January 2018 – training for selected athletes for Regional Finals

February/March 2018 Regional Finals

April 2018    National Finals


Twenty two Coaches attended the recent Drills for Endurance Runners Workshop, held at Chelmsford Athletics Centre on 19th May 2017. Simon Mennell discussed drills, what they are and what they are used for. He also explored the key coaching points for a variety of drills.



Drills for Endurance Runners……READ MORE






Huge congratualtions to our Sportshall competitors at the National Final in Manchester last weekend….

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Our Under 15 Girls Sportshall team has now received an invitation to compete in the National Final in Manchester on 22nd April as the best second placed team across all the Regional Finals.

Well done to all !


David Dixon a British Athletics tutor and university lecturer on Sports Nutrition shared his expertise about the facts on Nutrition, the best recovery drinks and what an athlete should have within their diet for training and competing. 

David started the workshop by asking the coaches what they wanted to get out of the workshop. With 10 coaches present the list was vast, ranging from what an athlete should eat before, during and after a competition to what the differences should be in nutrition for a jumper to a marathon runner……read more


Great Track Training workshop by Simon Mennell, full report to follow.


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As well as wishing all our athletes Good Luck at the Sportshall Regional Finals this weekend, I wanted to remind you of some upcoming workshops being organised by the Network…

Track training – is it just running in circles?

Braintree Sport & Health Club

Panfield Lane, Braintree, Essex, CM17 1FF

24th February 2017    7pm to 8.30pm


This workshop session is the second of the “Endurance” series of seminars provided by coaches within the Essex Athletics Network.

Simon Mennell (Braintree AC) is an Endurance Coach and England Athletics tutor who has experience in coaching all abilities and ages.

Simon will discuss the pros and cons of track running and how this can be introduced into an athlete’s training schedule. A closer look on the benefits of track running will be explored and where to start.

A practical session will allow coaches to see these pros in action and all coaches will have the opportunity to ask any questions about the transition during the evening.

This session is FREE to coaches from clubs within the Essex Athletics Network.

(£5 to coaches from clubs not within the Essex Athletics Network) Early booking is recommended. Refreshments will be provided.

To sign up, click here:


University of Essex

Friday 3rd March 2017: 7pm to 9pm

march_2017_nutritionNutritional advice in the importance of eating a balanced and healthy diet to underpin everything an athlete does

Specific food to eat pre-training, competing and recovery, sources of nutrition

Supplements that should only be considered after working through the above and recognising that there is a risk to supplements

Updated list for 2017 of prohibited substances and methods

The workshop will be delivered by David Dixon who delivers the British Athletics ACE programme and a anti-doping advisor

Booking Information

This workshop is FREE to coaches / leaders from clubs within the Essex Athletics Network

(£10 to coaches from clubs outside the Essex Athletics Network)

Coaches can bring one athlete along to the workshop

To book please contact Hayley Pegg on or book through here:


Sportshall Athletics: Regional Team selection:

This Autumn there were three fantastic competitions in our area leading to selection for the Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals at Hertfordshire Sporting Village, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9E on

Sunday 12th February 2017 (12.30pm start confirmed)

Under 11s: Team manager – Wendy & Kirsty Tydeman: A team of 15 boys & 15 girls has been selected…READ MORE

Under 13s & Under 15s: Team manager – Karl Sumun & Cathy James (Thurrock Harriers) : A team of 11 boys & 12 girls  (U13s) and 6 boys & 7 girls (U15s) has been selected…READ MORE

We are very grateful for Essex County AA for their support for the teams at the Regional Finals.


Report from Workshop on Mental Preparation for Controlling Nerves & getting in the Zone for Performance Workshop held at Basildon Sporting Village Saturday 14th January.

Amanda Wilding, a Psychologist lecturer at Bournemouth University shared her expertise and knowledge on mental preparation for controlling nerves and getting in the zone for performance.

Amanda started the workshop by sharing her experiences with the eight coaches on the different types of athletes she has worked with. She shared her experience across a variety of sports and specifically her experience in coaching athletes in athletics in and out of competition.  The group were asked to discuss experiences of nerves, how they help control nerves and do they know where the nerves were coming from.

The workshop guided coaches through the stages of mental success, different types of nerves an athlete has, and effective techniques to assist the athletes with coping with these nerves. Amanda asked the coaches “Does your athlete talk themselves into competition or out of it?” this allowed coaches to share experiences and knowledge.

BE POSITIVE was a key factor when coaching and the group worked through some somatic techniques and pictured below focusing on relaxation.

The top tips to take away from this workshop were:

  • Coaches to understand how they and athletes respond to nerves
  • Know your and your athletes signature strength
  • Provide the right type of support at the right time

“Thank you for organising this course, I really enjoyed today it was very informative”

This workshop session was the first of the “Psychology” series of seminars provided by coaches from the Essex Athletics Network. Our next workshop will be on Nutrition in February  at the University of Colchester.






A new national programme set up by England Athletics, RunTogether aims to motivate thousands of new people to join their local running group. All aspects of the RunTogether programme, whether our RunTogether ‘Groups’ or services, such as ‘Find a Guide’ share a common theme, they have been created to help people to run with others.






Invitations have been sent by email this morning to those selected for the teams for the Under 11 Sportshall final.

Selection invites Teams for U13s & U15s should be emailed tomorrow.

Teams will only be shared on the website once confirmed.


 Round 3
Sat 10th December 2016

provisional FIELD RESULTS

 provisional TRACK RESULTS



To book please contact Hayley Pegg on or book through here:



To book please contact Hayley Pegg on
Or book here


Sprinting – Developing Speed

new date 28th January 2017


 To sign up, click here: Contact Hayley Pegg on or call 07763 839863





A packed attendance enjoyed the 2nd Network Endurance Workshop on Friday 21st October.

Download the Workshop report here:    pdf-icon

Martin Branfoot gave an excellent talk on the transition from 10k to Marathon, and it was good to hear that some attendees took the information and used some of the points raised successfully at the Chelmsford Marathon at the weekend.


RESULTS for our R1 Sportshall Event


Entry Form and Online Link for R2 Sportshall Event

More Details Here






Endurance Workshop

Transition from 10k to the Marathon

To sign up, click here:

Contact Hayley Pegg on or call 07763 839863


To sign up, click here:

Contact Hayley Pegg on

or call 07763 839863

red-shiney-ball-clip-art    Movement Skills Workshops

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Lower limb – anatomy & injuries workshop was held on Friday 26th July 2016, and was another well received workshop, with great feedback from all who attended.

Cedar Hall Clinic one of the Essex Athletics Network’s external partners shared their expertise and knowledge on Lower Limb, anatomy and injuries. This workshop was the first of the Body works series of 2016.

JIMG_0343ames Di Cicco opened the session with explaining the anatomy and discussed with the network coaches signs to look for of common lower limb injuries. Kimberley Hughes continued the session by explaining the rehabilitation process for the injuries. Sara Lovett Cedar Hall Director was also present to give examples of recent injuries from local athletes that they have seen in the clinic.
The coaches also gained an insight in taping and how to correctly tape an athlete correctly. This part of the work generated an interest and suggests more coaches would benefit from this information.

“A big thank you to Cedar Hall for hosting and presenting this evening.  All three professionals have experience and knowledge in the area which all network coaches learnt from. The feedback has been positive which coaches confirming an increase in their knowledge and how enjoyable the workshop was”

Cedar Hall are fully committed to the local athletes and coaches.

This workshop session was the first of the “Body Works”  2016 series of seminars provided by our external partners Cedar Hall Clinic which looked at various parts of the body and the injuries that athletes may typically experience – how they occur, how they can be treated  and – most important of all – what can be done to try to avoid them.

  • “Well presented”
  • “Good content at an appropriate level”
  • “Very interesting and increased my knowledge”
  • “Presenters were very knowledgeable”
  • “Enjoyable”


red-shiney-ball-clip-art  update 29th June 2016 – Running Club Forums announced

The workshops have been organised for Leaders and coaches who would like to gain more support to deliver more effective sessions or promote running sessions to the community.

Planning for complete beginners/intermediate and runners’ goals
Friday 9th September 2016
@ Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre
Simon Mennell
7pm to 9pm   (Free Workshop)

Speed Endurance and Interval Training
Friday 25th November 2016 @ Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre
Simon Mennell
7pm to 9pm   (Free Workshop)

How to observe, analyse and improve individuals running technique
Saturday 25th March 2017 @ Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridan Way
Simon Mennell
9.30am – 11.30am  (£10 to attend the workshop)

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To book onto the workshops please contact Karen Stephanou, Club and Coach Support Officer on or 07718394335

red-shiney-ball-clip-art update 21st June 2016 – Flying Coach visits planned.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact  Karen Stephanou.
Club and Coach Support Officer for Essex and Herts, England Athletics
07718394335    Karen Stephanou

  • Tuesday 12th July
    Speed open session with Tony Gordon at Braintree and District AC
  • Thursday 14th July
    Javelin flying coach visit at Harlow AC with Alison O’Riordan
  • Monday 1st August
    Long Jump/Triple Jump flying coach visit at CATS with Eddie Hawkins
  • Wednesday 3rd August
    Long Jump / Triple Jump flying coach visit at Braintree Sport and Health Leisure Centre with Eddie Hawkins
  • Tuesday 30th August
    Speed open session with Tony Gordon at Braintree and District AC

red-shiney-ball-clip-art update 16th June 2016 – new EAN Coach Education Workshop announced

Lower limb – anatomy & injuries on Friday 26th July 2016.


This workshop session is the first of the “Body Works”  series of seminars provided by our external partners Cedar Hall Clinic which will look at various parts of the body and the injuries that athletes may typically experience – how they occur, how they can be treated  and – most important of all – what can be done to try to avoid them.

The session, led by Cedar Hall’s James Di Cicco & Kimberley Hughes, will include both theoretical & practical – hands-on – elements and will be suitable for coaches at all levels.
The areas covered include: mechanics of the lower limbs

common lower limb injuries; chronic tendon injury (tendinosus); knee injuries; anterior cruciate injuries, hamstring tears; muscular imbalances and how to spot potential injuries before they occur. Rehab will include K-taping techniques.

This session is FREE to clubs within the Essex Athletics Network.

Early booking is recommended as this is a small group session for a maximum of 12, with preference given to Club Coaches.   Refreshments will be provided.

Hayley Pegg2To sign up:

For more information please contact:

Hayley Pegg on

red-shiney-ball-clip-art update 15th June 2016

Reminders of the up-coming Sight Loss Awareness workshop, and the local NCDP Open Speed Session workshop.

red-shiney-ball-clip-art  update 18th April 2016


Congratulations to William Adeyeye on winning two individual golds and overall silver at the National Sportshall final in Manchester on 17th April.


Wins in standing triple jump and shot, and third in two lap race left Will one point short of the individual gold medal in the under 15 all rounder competition.


red-shiney-ball-clip-art update Sportshall National Finals 17th/18th April 2016


Budding Young Athletes’ from across the UK are set to compete in Manchester’s Regional Indoor Athletics Arena at the Sportshall Athletics UK Finals on the weekend of April 16th & 17th. The most promising young athletes will battle it out to be crowned UK champions at the flagship athletics development event of the year.

Many current members of the GB & NI Athletics Team experienced their first taste of Athletics  through Sportshall competition including High Jump UK Junior record holder Morgan Lake who completed her Sportshall career winning the Under 15’s All Rounder competition in 2012. Athletes such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Kelly Sotherton and Mark-Lewis-Francis also took part at this event in previous years. Dina Asher Smith also competed in Sportshall and is now amongst a strong generation of young British sprinters.

William Adeyeye (Essex, Thurrock AC) unfortunately couldn’t attend last year after a strong regional performance so will be looking to replicate his dominating display in taking the East Regional under 15 Boys title with particularly impressive performances this year. We will see a new Under 15 girl take the All Rounder title this year after Ellie Hodgson (Hampshire, Southampton AC) bowed out in 2015 after winning two consecutive titles. There are some strong contenders for the girls title with Amber Anning (Sussex, Brighton & Hove AC) amongst those in with a chance after recording the best Vertical Jump this season!

Teams from across the UK will be looking to win titles and after combined Yorkshire & North East Competitions in previous years it was great to see the establishment of separate events for these regions in 2016. It is particularly pleasing to see teams from Merseyside and Leicestershire & Rutland qualifying for a place in the UK Final. Both these teams have not previously been represented at the UK Final for many years.

Sportshall as a programme was created 40 years ago and now engages over a million children in athletics each year through club and school games programmes. The event is supported by Eveque Leisure Equipment, Eastlands Trust, the Amateur Athletic Association, British Athletics and all the Home Country Governing Bodies.

red-shiney-ball-clip-art update 24 March 2016

Outgoing Essex Athletics Network Activator Tony Benton:

“Just to advise that I’m in the process of handing over all aspects of Network administration to Karl Cadman, the new Network Administrator, so this is probably the last you’ll hear from me for a while, until competitions planning for this Autumn gets under way. Karl will also now be your general point of contact and he has already been working on a long-overdue revamping of our website which hopefully will be launched soon.

I’m also pleased to advise that Hayley Pegg is back on board as the new Network Coaching Cooordinator, so again, any future communications about coach education will in future be from Hayley, not myself.

You won’t be completely rid of me as in addition to concentrating on the Network competitions from now on, I’m replacing Doug Tierney as the Havering AC Network rep.”

red-shiney-ball-clip-art  update Essex Athletics Network Indoor Competition – RESULTS
21st Feb 2016

red-shiney-ball-clip-art update Essex Athletics Network – Paid Coordinator Opportunities: Tony Benton is standing down from his role as Network Activator at the end of March after over five years (since Network started in 2010). His current role is being split into three smaller (paid) roles: MORE – 17th Feb 2016.


Under 15 All-rounder Sportshall Victory for Will: Multi-talented Will Adeyeye (Thurrock) defended his Under 15 Boys’ All-Rounder title at the East Region Sportshall Final at Hatfield to earn him a place in the National Final in Manchester next month. MORE – 1st Feb 2016.

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Workshop focus on turning nerves to positive use: Coaches from a variety of backgrounds went away better equipped to support athletes in turning nervous energy to positive advantage, after the latest Network coach education workshop delivered by Hannah Austin from SEEVIC College MORE – 25th Jan 2016.

Essex Coaches enjoy interactive endurance planning workshop: There was a good turn-out of coaches and leaders as the Network’s Autumn & Winter programme of coach education workshops got underway at Chelmsford AC clubhouse MORE – 11th Nov 2015

Theo & Funmi win National Sportshall Medals: The two Essex representatives in  Under 13 Final did the county & their club Thurrock Harriers proud by wining bronze medals at the National Sportshall Finals at SportCity Manchester on Saturday. MORE – 27th Apr 2015

Three compete in National Sportshall Final: Although the Essex teams have missed out on winning places in the National Sportshall Finals this year, we’re pleased to say that there will be a strong Essex presence in Manchester this weekend. MORE – 23rd Apr 2015

Coaches learn about building successful relationships  Coaches from across the Essex Athletics Network received tips on how best to build successful relationships with young athletes, in the most recent coach education workshop delivered by an expert speakers from the network’s external partners SEEVIC College, Benfleet. MORE – 14th Apr 2015

Under 15 All-rounder Sportshall Victory for Will Adeyeye: Will Adeyeye won the Under 15 Boys’ All-Rounder competition at the East Region Sportshall Final to earn a place in the National Final next month. Five of the six teams placed third, with the Under 11 boys just one point off second place. MORE – 23rd Mar 2015

Coaches have it taped – thanks to Cedar Hall Clinic Advice: Expert staff from one of the Essex Athletics Network’s external partners Cedar Hall Clinic once again shared their knowledge and expertise with a group of coaches at the third of the “Body Works” series of coach education workshops. MORE – 10th Mar 2015

Essex Coaches digest Nutrition information: There was a good turn-out of 16 coaches at the most recent coach education workshop organised by the Essex Athletics Network. And with the topic being “Nutrition for athletics training and competition”, those present were left with much new information to digest. MORE – 9th Feb 2015

Endurance coaches get in condition Ten endurance coaches and leaders from Essex Athletics Network clubs attended an interactive “Conditioning for Endurance” workshop at Chelmsford led by experienced L4 Coach (& Network Chairman) Steve Reynolds, MORE – 19th Dec 2014

First Essex Network Coach and Athlete workshop a success: Coaches and athletes from clubs within Essex Athletics Network and further afield came together on Saturday at Lee Valley Athletics Centre for a successful indoor Coach & Athletes sprint hurdles workshop for under 13 & Under 15 hurdlers. MORE – 27th June 2014

Essex Run England Project Coordinator Takes Up Challenge The Essex Athletics Network is delighted to announce the appointment of Becky Jones as our Essex Run England Project Coordinator. MORE – 6th June 2014

Four medals for Under 13 Boys in National Sportshall Final  The Essex Under 13 Boys team performed well against the country’s best at the prestigious National Sportshall Final held at Sport City Manchester last Saturday. And a great afternoon was capped by four individual medals – two gold, a silver & bronze. MORE – 11th April 2014

Writtle workshop gives coaches technical insights: Ten endurance coaches from Essex Athletics Network clubs attended an expert presentation into how the body adapts to training at the latest of the Network’s series of coach education workshops presented by Dr Greg Deacon, from external partners Writtle College…. MORE – 14th Feb 2014

Under 13 Boys Sportshall team reach National Final: Victory for the Essex Under 13 Sportshall teams at the East Region Final on Sunday has earned them a place in the National Final in April. And the other Essex teams’ results ensured the most successful set of performances since the county competition was resurrected n 2011…. MORE – 5th Feb 2014

Workshop confidence boost for coaches Coaches from across the Network received a boost to their knowledge about motivating athletes, following the latest coach education workshop delivered by speakers from the external partners SEEVIC College…. MORE – 15th January 2014

Essex & Herts Networks combine for jumps workshops Coaches and athletes from clubs within the Herts & Essex Networks came together recently at Lee Valley Athletics Centre for two indoor workshops to support novice high jumpers & triple jumpers. …. MORE – 16th December 2013

Cedar Hall Clinic advice strengthens core practice: Expert staff from one of the Network’s external partners Cedar Hall Clinic shared their knowledge and expertise with a group of 10 coaches, at the second of a series of coach education workshops, covering “Core Stability” offered by the practice at their Thurrock Clinic recently…. MORE – 4th December 2013

Workshop comes up trumps for endurance coaches: The first of the Essex Athletics Network’s 2013-14 series of coach education workshops  was held on Friday when Sam Coombes spoke to coaches about meeting the needs of older endurance athletes… MORE – 4th November 2013

National Athletics Network of the Year winners!  After winning the East Region Athletics Network of the Year Award, the Network were put forward to the National Awards and last Saturday the Network received the prestigious England Athletics National Award … MORE – 22nd October 2013

Novice Athletes Attend Network’s Try Athletics Day: It was third time lucky for the Network’s annual Try Athletics Day as twenty plus happy, smiling young athletes aged 6 and upwards had a fun-packed morning at Eastwood Academy track, recently…. MORE – 6th August 2013

Could you be an Essex Athletics Network Ambassador? Exactly one year after the start of the 2012 London Olympic Games we have started the search for twelve Ambassadors to be the face of our Network and to be present at our events… MORE – 27th July 2013

Cedar Hall Clinic share expertise with coaches: Staff from the Cedar Hall Clinic shared their knowledge and expertise with a group of 12 Essex Athletics Network coaches, at the first of a series of coach education “Body Works” workshops held at their Thurrock clinic..MORE – 24th Jul 201

Coaches benefit from diary session: The Network’s Year 4 programme of coach education workshops has kicked off with an informal drop-in session with Level 4 coach and UKA course tutor/assessor Brian Mackenzie to support those progressing towards their Athletics Coach award with the completion of their coaching diaries… MORE – 19th June 2013

Southend PE Teachers support workshop series: Southend PE teachers have given enthusiastic support for a series of three coaching workshops organised at local schools by the Essex Athletics Network. The three practical workshops, covering hurdles, high jump and discus & hammer, offered teachers the opportunity to … MORE – 29th Apr 2013

Sportshall Under 11 teams both second in Regional Final: The Essex Under 11 teams were both runners up at the East Region Aviva Fun in Athletics Sportshall Final at Wodson Park on Saturday, coming through strongly to notch up impressive results to achieve their best overall finish since returning to the competition two years ago… MORE – 18th Mar 2013

Eamonn Martin reflects: 20 years on: Over 20 Essex coaches learnt from one of the all-time greats of British middle-distance running as Eamonn Martin looked back on his momentous career some 20 years after his stunning marathon debut to win the 1993 London event in 2 hours 10 minutes 50 seconds … MORE – 6th Mar 2013

Coaching workshops hits the target: Judging by the positive feedback from coaches from Network clubs the latest coach education workshop held at Basildon on Friday certainly hit the target – which was just as well as speaker Ian Gummery’s topic was “Hitting the target: goal setting and motivation for athletes” … MORE – 12th Feb 2013

Essex Sportshall teams bag 18 medals: An excellent all-round team performance marked the third year back on the Regional Sportshall scene for the Essex teams.  An individual win for the Under 13 Girls 4×2 lap relay squad was the highlight of the day but every performance by the 36 strong Essex team was cheered to the rafters … MORE – 6th Feb 2013

Ability & potential workshop engages coaches: Coaches from Network clubs played their full part in ensuring the success of the latest coach education workshop of “Identifying ability and potential” delivered by Steve Surety from SEEVIC College … MORE – 18th Jan 2013

Network volunteers scoop six Region awards: Last Monday was an evening to celebrate the achievements of officials, coaches, clubs and other volunteers in the East Region and there were five worthy winners from Essex Network clubs and partners. And on Wednesday at the London awards a sixth award went the Network’s way. MORE – 7th Dec 2012

Coaches praise developing teenagers workshop: The first of three coach education workshops delivered by experts from SEEVIC College saw Sam Coombes speak to coaches about how best to meet the needs of 12 to 15 year old athletes. MORE – 12th Nov 2012

Sportshall season off to flying start at Upminster: The 2012 Essex Sportshall season got off to a flying start at Upminster on Saturday with the first of a series of four fixtures run by the Essex Athletics Network. MORE – 22nd Oct 2012

Winter coaching workshops start at Chelmsford: The Essex Athletics Network’s programme of coach education workshops got off the ground with two well-received workshops held at Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre on Saturday 6th October… MORE – 8th Oct 2012

Sportshall programme launched at Chelmsford: The Essex Athletics Network’s Autumn 2012 Sportshall programme was launched at an enjoyable “Try Sportshall” morning at Chelmsford on Saturday when almost 30 youngsters from across the Network were able to get a free taster of Sportshall events. .. MORE – 24th Sept 2012

Benfleet encouraging budding athletes of the future: Following the inspirational two weeks of the Olympic Games, around 50 children attended the Benfleet Running Club hosted Aviva Startrack event. The children competed in runs, throws and jumps and club members were invited to “bring a friend” .. MORE – 28th Aug 2012

Marathon talk goes the distance: It was a marathon session in every way as 18 endurance coaches attended a coach education workshop on “Improving Marathon Performance for Club Runners” held at Chelmsford on Friday led by all-time great Paul Evans and experienced coach and Area Coach Mentor David Chalfen.. MORE – 3rd July 2012

Havering QuadKids event celebrates the Jubilee: On a weekend of river pageants, celebrity concerts and royal carriage processions, a Jubilee celebration of another kind took place when Havering Mayesbrook AC hosted a QuadKids competition as part of the London Borough of Havering’s Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival.. MORE – 6th Jun 2012

Paralympians add inspiration to All Ability Athletics Challenge Cup A fantastic competition was held on Saturday 21st April at Mark Hall Athletics Track, Harlow. The presence of Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike and London 2012 Paralympic hopeful Richard Chiassaro made a successful day even better. MORE – 27th Apr 2012

Sun shines on Network’s Try Athletics Day:  The threatened rain did not materialise and it was sunshine all the way as 38 happy, smiling young athletes aged 8 and upwards had a fun-packed morning at the Essex Athletics Network’s Try Athletics Day at the Eastwood Academy track, Leigh-on-Sea on Saturday .. MORE – 16th Apr 2012

Third Essex Athletics Network Newsletter available:  It’s hard to believe that our third newsletter coincides with the half-way through our three-year Essex Network project and that work is about to start to develop our plans for our final year of funded plans. .. MORE – 4th Apr 2012

Endurance talk attracts good support: Possibly the biggest gathering of Essex endurance coaches for many years took place at Brentwood on Friday as 25 coaches from Essex clubs attended a coach education workshop on led by Chelmsford’s Jeremy Freeman. MORE – 26th Mar 2012

Benfleet hosts first 2012 QuadKids event: Around 30 children braved the ever-changing early Spring weather to compete in Round 1 of the Network’s QuadKids event, run by Benfleet Running Club and held at the new Eastwood Academy Mondo-surface track.  MORE – 5th Mar 2012

Essex Athletics Network coaching day proves a success: After snow affected the Network’s event specific indoor workshops in February normal service resumed on Saturday when hurdles, high jump and pole vault coaches and athletes got together at Chelmsford. MORE – 5th Mar 2012

SEEVIC Launch New Athletic Academy: The Network’s external academic partners SEEVIC are setting up an Athletic Academy which aims to support athletes wishing to combine athletics and education in order to progress onto higher education..  MORE – 24th Feb 2012

Harlow Sportshall & Boccia All Ability Challenge An Athletics Event for people with a disability or learning difficulty was held on Saturday 11TH February at Mark Hall Sports Centre with teams taking part from the Harlow Athletics Club All Ability Section.. MORE –  20th Feb 2012

Network Volunteer Coordinator takes up the challenge The Essex Athletics Network is delighted to announce the appointment of Hayley Pegg as our Network Volunteer Coordinator. MORE –  14th Feb 2012

Coaching events programme – latest additions: Two more Coach Education workshops have been added to our programme & details of our event specific practical workshops have been updated  MORE – 10th Feb 2012

Chelmsford Conquer Clubmark Accreditation: The freezing conditions did not stop the members turning out to training at Chelmsford recently, for the club to receive its Clubmark certificate. MORE – 10th Feb 2012

All-round win for Ashleigh Lewis caps Essex Sportshall return  An individual victory in the Under 15 Girls’ all-rounder competition by Havering Mayesbrook’s Ashleigh Lewis to qualify for the National Final capped an excellent team performance and confirmed that Essex are well & truly back on the Sportshall map. . MORE – 6th Feb 2012

Sportshall Teams raise the roof at Norwich: The Essex Under 11 teams came close to victory at the East Region Aviva Fun in Athletics Sportshall Festival at Norwich on Saturday but if there had been a prize for the best supported team they could have won!.  . MORE – 23rd Jan 2012

New Volunteer Coordinator Role Gears Network up for 2012: With 200 days to go until the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games the Essex Athletics Network is offering a unique opportunity for someone to make a difference by working with local clubs as the Network’s new part-time Volunteer Coordinator. MORE – 9th Jan 2012

Two club volunteers win East Region awards: Last Wednesday at Histon, Cambridgeshire was an evening to celebrate the achievements of club  officials, coaches, clubs and other volunteers in the East Region and we’re pleased to say that amongst those receiving awards were two worthy winners from Essex Network clubs.  MORE – 12th Dec 2011

First Essex Network Sportshall season ends on a high:  It was a morning of high quality competition and superb performances as the third and final Aviva Sportshall fixture hosted this year by the Essex Athletics Network took place at Chelmsford on Saturday. MORE – 7th Dec 2011

Long Term Athlete Development session a hit: Nineteen coaches from Essex Athletics Network clubs, including Network Chairman Steve Reynolds and Activator Tony Benton, were at the fifth network coach education workshop..  MORE – 5th Nov 2011

Sportshall series goes from strength to strength:  Over 90 enthusiastic entrants ensured that the second of the Essex Athletics Network’s three Sportshall fixtures, expertly hosted by Benfleet Running Club at the superb Southend High School for Girls facility on Saturday, was a resounding success. MORE – 14th Nov 2011

First Essex Athletics Network coaching workshops underway The Essex Athletics Network’s programme of event specific workshops got underway at Chelmsford on Sunday with sessions on high jump, led by Phil Sergeant, and a coach and athletes hurdles development workshop, run by Steve Mitchell and Tony Benton. MORE –  10th Nov

Cedar Hall sponsors another Essex Athletics Network athlete  The Essex Athletics Network is delighted that the Cedar Hall Clinic will be providing support and sponsorship for a third aspiring Olympian athlete as part of their link with the Network. Joshua Olawore (Havering Mayesbrook AC), joins Georgia Atkins  and Hayley McLean (both Chelmsford) in receiving a treatment package from the clinic. MORE –  2nd Nov

Nutrition Workshop gives coaches food for thought: The second coach education workshop organised by the Essex McCain’s Athletics Network, in conjunction with the network’s external partners SEEVIC College, Benfleet gave coaches much to food for thought as the College’s Rebecca Cruickshank delivered an expert session on “Nutrition and the competitive athlete”..  . MORE – 25th October

Sportshall season gets underway in Essex: The 2011 Sportshall season got off to a flying start at Upminster on Saturday with the first of three Sportshall fixtures run by the Essex Athletics Network. The opening at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, Upminster attracted over 70 entrants, many competing for the first time. MORE – 25th Oct 2011

Coach Education Workshop Programme issued: The Network’s programme of Indoor Coach Education Workshops for Autumn & Winter 2011-12 covering key technical events has now been launched.  . MORE – 11th October

Sportshall programme launched: Three competitions leading to selection for the Regional Sportshall Athletics Finals at Norwich early in 2012, with a chance of progressing to the National Final in March/Area 2012, are being held in our Network area. Events are available for Under 11s (Year 5 & 6), Under 13s (Year 7 & 8) and Under 15s (Year 9 & 10)… MORE – 29th Sept 2011

Second Harlow QuadKids events build on success: Another chilly and breezy evening at Harlow’s Mark Hall track on Tuesday 20th September didn’t prevent an enjoyable second QuadKids competition organised by Harlow AC with help from the Essex Athletics Network as almost 60 youngsters battled it out to post new marks and improve on their previous scores. MORE – 21st Sept 2011

Second Essex Athletics Network Newsletter available:  Our first year is coming to an end. For news of what’s been happening across the Essex Athletics Network in our second newsletter .. MORE – 19th Sept 2011

Benfleet go solo with QuadKids event  After earlier joint forays into QuadKids competitions with Basildon and East Essex Triathlon Club, Benfleet Juniors Running Club successfully ran their own fixture at a seasonally warm but breezy Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre on Saturday 10th September. MORE –  13th Sept

First Flying Coach Visit – SHOT & DISCUS: The session will look at: technical observations; feedback and its benefits for coach/athlete relationships; and developing force.Rob Earle has thirty years of competitive experience  and is a highly experienced heavy throws coach from beginner to international level.  MORE –  2nd Sept

FREELAP Timing Demonstration: A FREE demonstration has been arranged at Hornchurch on Sunday 2nd October to show coaches the FREELAP system in use and to provide feedback to the Network on whether to buy the system for our clubs and coaches to use. MORE – 8th Aug 2011 & revised 2nd Sept [NOTE – CHANGE OF DATE & VENUE}

Nutrition Workshop rearranged: This FREE coach education workshop will now take place at Holiday Inn, Basildon on Friday 21st October, led by Rebecca Cruickshank from SEEVIC College, will provide an overview of good nutrition, covering nutrients, food groups and the issue of nutritional adequacy for growth and development for young athletes.  . MORE – 8th Aug & revised 2nd September [NOTE – CHANGE OF DATE & VENUE}

Help your club as an official: All clubs need volunteer officials to help out at their fixtures, home & away. Most leagues now award extra points for officials so not having enough officials can affect how well your team does. To encourage volunteers the Essex Athletics Network is meeting the fees of those attending the next course… MORE – 10th August 2011

Using video analysis workshop: Fifteen coaches from clubs in the Essex McCain’s Athletics Network gave positive feedback about the value of the second coach education workshop, arranged on Monday 18th July in conjunction with the Network’s external partners, Writtle College on using video analysis to improve sprinting and running performance. MORE – 21st July 2011

QuadKids takes off at Harlow: Sixty enthusiastic youngsters aged eight to 13 enjoyed the first QuadKids competition organised by Harlow AC with help from the Essex Athletics Network at an often cold and windy Mark Hall track on Tuesday 12th July MORE – 15th July 2011

Planning pays off at Havering QuadKids Festival: Weeks of careful planning, including hours of discussion, came to fruition on Thursday 23rd September with two noisy and enjoyable QuadKids competitions for Havering Primary Schools held at Hornchurch Stadium. MORE – 27th June 2011

Havering team win London Youth Games Super8 Title.  In the exciting atmosphere of the National Athletics Stadium at Crystal Palace on Saturday (18th June), Havering’s young athletes – managed by Havering Mayesbrook’s Doug & Jean Tierney put up a tremendous performance to win the London Youth Games Super 8 competition beating six other London Boroughs in the process.  MORE – 20th June 2011

Preventing, treating & recovering from injuries workshop: Coaches from the Essex McCain’s Athletics Network were full of praise for the first coach education workshop organised in conjunction with the network’s external partners SEEVIC College, Benfleet as Rebecca Cruickshank gave an entertaining & informative session lasting almost two hours on preventing, treating and recovering from sports injuries. MORE – 14th June 2011

QuadKids launched in Havering: Despite the best attempts of the British climate to dampen the proceedings QuadKids came to the London Borough of Havering for the first time with a small but enjoyable event at Raphael Park, Romford on Saturday. MORE – 9th May 2011

All Ability Athletics Challenge celebrates 500 days to the Paralympics A fantastic competition for people with a disability, took place in Harlow on Saturday 16th April at Mark Hall Athletics Track with over 50 participants from all over Essex taking part in events such as 60m, 100m and 200m races, javelin, long jump, shot and distance club. MORE – 2nd May  2011

Recruiting and retaining volunteers: Volunteers from clubs and partners within the Essex McCain’s Athletics Network came together to hear from Rhian Horlock about the successes and challenges of the Newham Athletics Network in successfully increasing the number of volunteers MORE – 12th Apr 2011

First Essex Athletics Network Newsletter issued:  Find out what’s been happening across the Essex Athletics Network during our first six months of operation .. MORE – 28th Mar 2011

Cedar Hall Clinic extends support for the Essex Athletics Network: The Cedar Hall Clinic has extended its support for the Essex Athletics Network by awarding a treatment sponsorship to Chelmsford’s Hayley McLean, who has joined fellow Cedar Hall sponsored athlete Georgia Atkins.. MORE – 25th Mar 2011

Essex coaches learn to toughen up!: The first coach education workshop organised by the Essex Athletics Network has been declared a success and has whetted appetites for future events as 16 coaches learned from Writtle College’s Dr Kirsten Spencer about the importance of developing mental toughness in athletes to help them make the most of their talents. MORE – 18th Mar 2011

Cedar Hall Clinic support for the Essex Athletics Network: The Essex McCain’s Athletics Network is pleased to announce that members of the seven network clubs are able to benefit from discounted treatment at the Cedar Hall Clinic, Benfleet. The clinic will also be providing support and sponsorship for aspiring Olympian Georgia Atkins (Chelmsford AC) as part of this link up. MORE – 28th Jan 2011

Sportshall competition revived in Essex Teams from Essex will again be competing in the Regional Sportshall finals after a very successful relaunch of the format in the county through the Essex McCain’s Athletics Network which hosted an excellent selection event at Chelmsford Sport & Athletics Centre on Saturday. MORE – 24th Jan 2011

Essex Athletics Network QuadKids event defies the elements On a cold and wind lashed Basildon track complete with JCBs working away on the refurbished stadium – 65 young athletes from Basildon AC, Benfleet Running Club and East Essex Tri Club embraced Essex Athletics Network’s Event 2 in the QuadKids series MORE – 18th Jan 2011

The Essex Athletics Network is up and running.  After months of planning, discussions and a successful bid for funding to England Athletics, the Essex Athletics Network was officially launched on Saturday 23rd October 2010. MORE – 25th Oct 2011