Injury Free….Not today!

Injury Free …..Not today!

Over the period of about 10 yrs or so I have coached many people, seen many people being coached and just been around some good high profile events watching whats going on. Yep I’m still learning too.I spent many weeks with my mentor, Rob Ellchuk in Bath who I consider a great coach and a fountain of information, just watching and learning, asking question, and I still ask him questions now, and run scenarios past him.

Why do i do this ? I coach young athletes and the last thing I want to do is injure an athlete through coaching and loose them from the sport. As many people know I have developed a standard set of drills, that over the years have been the start of many sessions without injury. (when done properly). When I see a new exercise / drill being carried out by other people, I look at this and think, useful, usable, yes/no as I did recently at The Muller Anniversary Games with the French and GB team. So I tried this with a couple of my athletes, asked for feedback, was there a benefit and made a decision.

The reason I write about this is because today I had news from a friend that their child had picked up an injury from a session with a new coach. We discussed the things that were done during the session and I just don’t get it. I’ve never seen this exercise performed anywhere in my athletic career from any level of athlete, and cant link it to running. So I asked my fountain of Knowledge, Rob. Very interesting reply, 4 words that just summed it up. Not Good. So its a sad time for this young athlete, foot up, iced, resting.

Whats the moral of the story?, for me. I know what level my coaching is at, I do and will keep questioning what I do during sessions, I will keep asking questions to my mentor, I will continue to make my sessions fun. It will always be  “” All about the athlete “”


Training in the Sun

Training in the sun

As this weather continues we are really enjoying the Sports hall for the shade and the School field For the grass. As more people realise that since the track closure Lodge Sports has purely moved its operation into Brimsham Green School, We are using the Sports hall for warm up and shade if needed for the younger ones and the school fields for the training. This is our weekly schedule.

Mondays 6:30 – 7:30 pm a growing number of athletes on the indoor track at Bath Uni, such a great place to train with Sprints and Hurdles taking place for all ages. As its such a great place our athletes are training alongside Olympic & Paralympic champions and being introduced of coarse.

Tuesdays 6 – 7 pm Brimsham Green school (The one By YOSC) and then a fabulous Strength and Conditioning session 7:15 – 8:15 pm, for both parents and athletes in the sports hall, the results we are having from this is fabulous, with many athletes getting stronger, weekly.

Wednesday 6 – 7 pm Brimsham Green school (The one By YOSC) Sportshall and Grass all ages enjoying multi events.

Thursday 6 – 7 pm Brimsham Green school (The one By YOSC) Sportshall and Grass all ages enjoying multi events.

Saturday 10-11 am SGS College Filton, Easy to get to, On the track just like the one at YOSC but this one is usable, Again a growing number of athletes attending this great session.

So you are very welcome to drop into any of the sessions, ran by qualified coaches, having lots of fun developing athletes skills and techniques.

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First Move 30/06/2018

Hi ALL its our first move for the NEW summer training plan, as many of you are aware we are putting in different training plans whilst the track is shut from the 9th July.

The first move is THIS Saturday 30/06/2018 we have moved on a Saturday to the SGS college track in Filton, I know its not ideal location for all but its important to keep track time during competition season.Everyone is welcome 10-11 am. Meet us on the track.

For full summer training details see below.

Open Competition

Open Competition


Hi all just to let you all know that there is a great open Competition for athletes age 9 yrs and up on Wednesday 23rd may at YOSC. Details are below.

its a great way to get competition experience.

Yes there is training 6-7pm as per usual if you dont want to compete.

Half Term Athletics Camps


Half Term Athletics Camps                         

With half term approaching, as many of you know Lodge Sports have been running successful and fun athletics camps for the 5 Years if not a bit longer. So we now have the dates for this years Camps. They are Thursday May 31st May & Friday 1st June. Over the years that we have been running these camps as we all know the weather is for ever unpredictable and we have had some very wet half terms. So this year we have booked indoors at Brimsham Green School, right by YOSC, where we will be following a Octathlon format and even fitting in the odd game or two of Dodgeball (that we know all kids love) as recovery of coarse. The Octathlon covers the Run, Jump, Throw elements of athletics. We ran the last half term camp indoors and everyone that came really enjoyed it.

To ensure the the Camps run please book in early as we always have some late comers, this could mean the difference between the camps running or not. Booking forms need to be in by Thursday 24th May.

If you click on the link below this will give you a booking form that you can download and print.

“” Click Here for Half Term Booking Form “”

The Reason I Coach



The Reason I Coach

Today was that day. I spent a good part of the day at the Brewers Games in Cheltenham supporting athletes that I coach, some belong to clubs and some don’t. It was great to see so many young athletes enjoying the sunshine although a little hot. So today, a young athlete  came to the games to compete for the first time in 2 years on the track, I can honestly say I have never seen anyone so nervous before a race. So we sat and chatted did a few drills and got ready for the race and still so very nervous. That’s what we do as a coach, different athletes require different levels of coaching at different times.

So on your marks, get set, stand up please, yep my athlete was moving on the line, lets try again, on your marks, get set, stand up please, yep same athlete not stable on the line (nervous). Third time lucky, on your marks, get set, bang yes we are off. Finished the race in second and this is where it gets good. Now the young athlete is smiling, cant believe they finished the race, good time as well. So I watch an athlete turn from a quivering nervous wreck into a young athlete with belief in their own ability. I then turn to their mum who has got the biggest smile on their face because of what they had just watched. If i’m honest that’s why i coach, its not just about the technical or skills we help athletes with, but when you can assist them mentally as well that’s where it really counts.

When i got home i had a great email from the athlete that just summed up how they felt. If you think this is pretty normal, the bit i haven’t told you is, where and what the athlete has come from and been threw over the last few years and that’s what makes is great…

Anyway lots of New PB’s today..

Competition Reminder


Competition reminder

Hope all is well with all our young athletes, just thought i would let you know about a couple of competitions that if your interested you may like to enter, as the deadline for entry is very soon.

Competition No1 – Bank Holiday Monday 7th – Brewers Games – Prince of Wales stadium, Cheltenham. If your looking for a good day at the races, that’s athletics, then this is a good one for all ages. You can enter on the day (you have to pay) but check out the website for all the info before you travel to check on events and timetable. You can find the info needed at

Competition No2 – Saturday 12th May – Avon County Championships – Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. You only have until Midnight on the 5th of May to enter this one but its local and a good competition. Check out the details and info needed, Click on  Avon County Championships.

Hope to see you there.

Invictus Games – They must have missed me !!


Just to lighten the mood when things can seem so gloomy. I had a phone call today from British Athletics asking if i was available to train some athletes at the trials for the Invictus Games who were potentially going to Australia. Ha Ha that’s where it all started last time, So obviously I accepted the challenge, then they ask my availability for 3 more dates to train some athletes at the Invictus trials. Well i’m checking my diary to see if it fits, i’m sure it will.

This was a lovely reminder today for me to realise why, i do what i do and what i am actually able to offer as a coach. To be recognised by British Athletics as someone who can train athletes at a high level is a privilege, so “”thanks”” to British Athletics and this is what makes it great for all our young athletes that I and my team work with. To be able to bring this experience and knowledge back to help develop YOUR young athletes is a real pleasure for me. So coaching for the Invictus trials….here we go again. Maybe a meeting with Harry……again .