Brentwood running club the Thrift Green Trotters looking to train more coaches as part of national #GoCoach campaign

PUBLISHED: 13:00 27 October 2018

Picture: Tomasz Wozriak

Picture: Tomasz Wozriak

Tomasz Wozriak

Fancy a new challenge?

The Thrift Green Trotters, also known as the Brentwood Running Club, is inviting residents to get involved and become a qualified run leader or coaching assistant as part of England Athletics’ national #GoCoach campaign which aims to get 10,000 new coaches into the sport by 2020.

The club, which is based at The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, will be offering the community the chance to get involved in coaching with a selection of courses including Coaching Assistant and Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF).

You don’t need to have a sporting background to become a coach, those at the club will demonstrate that people of all ages, backgrounds and aspirations can get involved in coaching.

It is said that being a coach or run leader is a great way to get involved in the sport, build new friendships and positively affect the lives of other people in your local community.

The joint fastest woman in the world in 2018, Dina Asher-Smith, is fronting the #GoCoach campaign as she is fully aware of the importance of great coaches in the sport having trained with the same coach John Blackie since she was nine-years old.

John said: “Being a coach is incredibly rewarding.

“Not only are you able to share achievements, but you’re also there to support and motivate during any low moments.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Dina for 14 years now, and share her journey to being the fastest British woman in history.

“The joys of coaching don’t just apply to working with elite athletes though.

“Being a volunteer coach or leader is an extremely worthwhile role.

“I would encourage everyone to get involved.”

To find out more about England Athletics’ #GoCoach campaign visit gocoach.englandathletics.org

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