The Northwood Academy of Hurdles was founded some 26 years ago by Graham Knight (Great Britain National Hurdles Coach and Technical Director of Sprints, Relays and Hurdles) however the increasing demands created by his role as the GB National Coach, inevitably resulted with a change of directorship at the Academy.
It was at this point in time, some 18 years ago, that Ted Grey (UKA 3 Hurdles Coach) stepped up from his existing coaching position at the Academy to take on the role of Director and Head Coach.
At the conclusion of the 2017/2018 sessions, Ted Grey announced his intention to retire and take a well earned rest from the organisational demands, commensurate with the position as Director and Head Coach. He has however made clear his intention to continue in a coaching role at the academy, for the foreseeable future.
Steve Oldham (UKA 3 Hurdles Coach) who has coached at the Academy for over 20 years under the direction of both Graham Knight and Ted Grey, will now take up the position of Academy Director & Head Coach, complimented by a regular team of experienced hurdles coaches.
Natalie Stinton and Charlotte Whitcombe manage the accounts, membership matters and purchase of Academy themed sportswear, in addition to their role as coaching assistants.
Sessions provide the opportunity for coaches to work in small teams, enabling them to share ideas whilst working with athletes of their selected age group. Coaches will be encouraged to input their ideas and extend their experiences by planning sessions or parts of sessions
The emphasis is on the technical development of hurdlers but other aspects of athlete development e.g. strength and conditioning will also figure
Through the Academy coaches will experience the progressive nature needed by hurdlers from the winter, through competition preparation for the indoor and outdoor seasons
Suitable for coaches of any level...