Darren delivers development skills to Borders’ coaches

Local long jump legend Darren Ritchie runs a coaching clinic at Tweedbank
Local long jump legend Darren Ritchie runs a coaching clinic at Tweedbank

Fifteen coaches from four different clubs attended a development workshop organised by Borders Sport and Leisure, featuring instruction from local long jump legend Darren Ritchie.

The workshop, which took place at Tweedbank Outdoor Sports Complex, was designed to give club coaches the opportunity to gain new skills and learn techniques to assist an athlete’s development.

Ritchie, Scottish Athletics’ performance manager and a national coach, said: “I had a great day and the coaches really engaged with the session.

“Hopefully, it will have given them an insight into the observation and assessing skills required to address and develop the physical literacy and competency of the next generation of athletes coming into our clubs, ensuring they maximise their potential at senior level.”

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of Borders Sport and Leisure, said: “We would like to thank Darren for hosting this session.

“The Borders is fortunate to benefit from some brilliant clubs with dedicated coaches and we are keen to play our part in providing these coaches with the chance to improve their skills so they can continue to support and develop our next generation of sportsmen and women.”

Topics covered at the workshop included identifying the fundamental movements that underpin every sport-specific action, with the coaches observing and assessing athletes’ movements and patterns 
against a technical model, and the importance of the warm-up process.