Meet the coaches

Jason Jeffery

How did you get into athletics and coaching?

I started running when I was in year 5 at Blacklands Primary School (that makes me feel old!). I caught the bug from then! I remember my teacher saying to us 'We're going to be competing in a cross country against other schools, today, we are going to train for it'. My teacher thought I was going to quick as I came first in training. I won both the races that were held that year for cross country at Blacklands and Sandown Primary School, much to my surprise! I then thought I'd try sprinting at Town Sports, where I won the 100m too. The rest is history.....and I'm still going today, even winning the odd race too.

 

I got into coaching when I was just 15, technically I wasn't old enough but I remember Jo Larkin letting me rake the sand pit whilst the U11 group (called the panthers back then I think) did some long jump practice. I've always loved helping, teaching and making things fun so I then asked about going on a coaching course. Reg Wild who was chairman allowed me to attend a coaching course to become an assistant when I was 16. I'm 28 nearly now, still coaching every week when work allows....AND I still love it! I'm sure some of the parents still look at me and think, ooo, he's too young to be a coach, then I introduce myself as the coach.

What coaching qualifications do you have?

I've got a few qualifications:

  • Coaching disabled athletes

  • CiA - Children in Athletics Coach

  • Fully qualified coach - Athletics Coach

 

What do you coach?

All track and field disciplines
 

When and where are your sessions?

 

I coach with a group of 3 other U11 coaches (Jules, Jo & Martyn), our sessions are Every Tuesday & Thursday 17:30 - 18:30.

 

What do you enjoy the most about coaching?

I love the interaction between me and the kids, I try and just be myself....which is usually silly and messing around. Often, they'll be going round the track and I'll throw some fist pumps and high fives out there, they love it!

 

I also enjoy watching athletes come through the ranks, from being a shy timid athlete on their first session. Flourishing into excellent teenage athletes, there are a few athletes about now who I have coached as an U11 still going which is great to see. When they end up being taller than me, that's always worrying which is why I'm nice to all of them, haha!

Jules Lovell 

How did you get into athletics and coaching?

I started running in October 2010 after my Nephew was diagnosed with leukaemia. I ran the Hastings Half Marathon in 2011 and joined HAC and after that as I got the bug!  I started as a parent helper when my Son started running with the AC at the track about 2 years ago. Then I trained as a coaching assistant and jumped into train the U11’s when Jason was doing his studies.  

What coaching qualifications do you have?

In 2017 I trained and qualified in the summer as an athletics coach. I’m able to coach run, jump and throw.

 

What do you coach?

I coach the fundamental stage athletes. I love it!!

When and where are your sessions?

 I coach with a group of 3 other U11 coaches (Jason, Jo & Martyn), our sessions are Every Tuesday & Thursday 17:30 - 18:30.

 

What do you enjoy the most about coaching?

I love seeing the children running freely, I love seeing their skills develop, I love the fact they show up rain or shine and put so much effort in!! They inspire me!!

Martyn Cooper

How did you get into athletics and coaching?

I got into coaching because the under 11s groups were getting bigger and the club needed more coaches. I have been with the Club for 11 years and all my (6) children have been Athletes at the club and 3 of them are competing and training there now.

What coaching qualifications do you have?

I have a coaching assistant qualification and coach running, jumping and throwing, I will be looking at doing a Leadership in running fitness (LIRF) in the future. 

 

What do you coach?

Running, jumping and throwing.
 

When and where are your sessions?

Our sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. I also do a session on a Saturday when there’s no Competitions on for the kids who like to compete in the under 11s x country. These sessions are normally at 8:30am in the same place where Terry takes his sessions. The information is always found on the Hastings u11s [Facebook] page.

 

What do you enjoy the most about coaching?

  • Working with children to find their individual strengths and helping them to develop and learn.

  • Making the sessions fun and challenging.

  • Helping the children understand that there’s not a “can’t “ just a “can’t  yet” and with determination they can achieve what they want.