Athletes are most likely to achieve their potential and enjoy their sport to the full if properly coached. Younger participants in particular need guidance on how to run efficiently, on the mechanics of throwing and jumping, on how to train effectively to improve performance/avoid injury and on the rules and guidance for competition. They also need someone to provide them with additional motivation and encouragement. The coach is the athlete’s partner on this journey.
Track and field competitions cannot take place without officials to run them. As a club, Poole Runners must provide officials for league events its athletes take part in. Being an official means you are on track or in field right next to the athletes who are bringing months or years of hard work to a head in competition. You are part of the competition without actually competing; this is a privileged and exciting position to be in.
Both coaching and officiating are incredibly rewarding. We all love this sport and to help children and adults fulfil their own individual potential, have fun and make friends for life is very special.
On a practical note, Poole Runners needs to maintain a large pool of coaches and officials to be able to provide continuous, high-quality support to its athletes. Without this, the Club will be very different and arguably much weaker.