01452 741711
Athletics Coaching We offer performance level athletics coaching for ages 11 to adult. The coaching is specific to your age and stage of training and will follow the correct long term development. We will help you achieve your full athletic potential. Our focus is on long term gains, correct development and achieving your highest possible level. We offer regular group combined events coaching as well as small group and private coaching of combined events and the individual events that make up the heptathlon and decathlon. Each group has a maximum number of athletes to ensure you get individual attention and work on the areas you need to develop. We focus on the athletes development stage to make sure you take advantage of some key times when you are sensitive to improvement in certain areas. The coaching is provided by Matt who is an experienced performance level athletics coach. He is also a level 4 strength and conditioning coach, youth strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer and triathlon coach. He coaches athletes of all ages who compete at National and World age group level. Matt regularly works with elite level coaches and athletes to continue expanding his skills and experience. He will provide you with the highest level of coaching. Please email info@balance-hf.co.uk or phone 01452 741711 to join a group or for further information.
Combined Events Group The combined events group coaching is split into two separate age groups in order to provide the correct development for the athletes. The groups are kept to a low size so every athlete gets the required attention. The first group is for ages 15 and below. In this age group the focus is on development and taking advantage of the windows of opportunity to improve certain areas and skills. The aim is for the athletes to then compete at the highest possible level as they progress through the age groups. The athletes are required to train at least twice a week. The competition aims of the group will be achieving personal bests with good technical performances. Athletes grow and develop at vastly different rates in this age group so winning an event is not the best guide to ability. For example in the U13 age group a 10 year old born in August can be up against a 12 year old born in the September of almost 2 years before. The second group is for ages 15 and above. In this age group the focus is on training, competing and developing the athletes to perform at their highest possible level. The athletes will compete regularly and have specific targeted events throughout the year. The athletes are required to train at least three times a week. Athletes will train in the whole area of athletic development. This includes speed and agility, event technique, conditioning, appropriate strength and endurance training, mobility, power and confidence. Athletes will train in all of the events specific to the heptathlon or decathlon. All athletes will receive coached sessions which follow a long term periodised annual plan, support at all targeted competitions, email support, nutrition and recovery advice, 4 weekly training plans to follow, specific additional advice and exercises, analysis of technique from videos taken during a session, upkeep of individual records for each athlete (with their PB’s, targets and training performances), support at regional training days. We strongly believe everyone can enjoy sport and exercise and we provide a supportive environment to make this possible. Anyone can join our groups providing they have the right level of commitment.
Email info@balance-hf.co.uk or phone 01452 741711 to book your space or for further information.
Performance level coaching to achieve your highest level from club to elite Combnined events coaching for the pentathlon, heptathlon and decathlon covering all the events, sprints, hurdles, high and long jump, pole vault, discus, javelin and shot put Sprint hurdle coaching for the heptathlon and decathlon for men and women athletes from youth to senior
Combined Events Group Session days & times Mondays (Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track) - 5pm to 6:30pm (ages 15 and below) 6:30pm to 8/8:30pm (ages 15 and above) Wednesdays (Our studio and other nearby training areas)- 5:45pm to 7:15pm (ages 15 and above) Fridays (Various dependent on time of year)- 6:30pm to 8pm (all ages trained at their appropriate level) Saturdays (Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track) - 10am to 11:30am (all ages trained at their appropriate level) 11:30am to 1pm (Pole Vault only, all ages for those doing the decathlon and any heptathletes who want to do it) Cost We charge £2.50 per session. Some sessions have an additional facility fee dependent on where they take place (track fee etc). There are additional other costs over a year for some competitions and club membership. The athletes are encouraged to compete for and become members of Gloucester Athletic Club.
Individual and Small Group Coaching We offer private individual and small group coaching for all ages (for masters specific coaching please click here) covering the events that make up the heptathlon and decathlon. We offer technique coaching and strength and conditioning specific to your age and event/s. You don’t need to be a member of a club or currently be training in athletics or have even been to an athletics track before. The amazing thing about athletics is everyone can find an event they enjoy and all levels are welcome. We offer event technique training plus specific strength and conditioning. Strength and conditioning helps with athletics for many reasons. It isn’t just about lifting weights but also agility, mobility and motor skills. It helps reduce the chance of getting injured by working on your body’s ability to deal with the forces you will face. It makes your events easier and improves your performance as getting stronger means you produce more force which means less effort and more power and speed. Your posture will improve as your core and trunk gets stronger. It is such a beneficial area for all athletics events. Our strength and conditioning training is specific to you and your aims and ability. It takes place in our exclusive studio or outdoor training area in Eastington near to Junction 13 of the M5. The event technique work will take place at our outdoor training area and Blackbridge Jubilee athletics track off Podsmead Road in Gloucester dependent on what we’re working on. Event technique is very important as it doesn’t matter how strong or fit you are if you can’t do the event technically well you’ll never perform to your full potential. Bad technique can also be a cause of injuries and pain. Good technique means you’re efficient, won’t waste energy and use the forces you create correctly which improves your performance. In addition to your training we can provide detailed training plans. You will receive a long term plan which will give an overview of your whole training period up to the start of your event and throughout your training season. You will receive weekly plans with each session written in detail for you to carry out. These will be reviewed on a weekly basis making sure you are meeting your aims. Training plan prices vary and are based on the number of weeks you require one for. Please discuss this at your initial meeting.
Prices 1 hour strength and conditioning and coaching sessions 1 hour - £30 Pay for 10 x 1 hour sessions in advance for only £250, that’s only £25 per session Off peak rates - Train between 10am and 2pm (Mon to Fri, term time) and save off our usual rates. Pay for 10 x 1 hour sessions off peak in advance for only £220, that’s only £22 per session Sessions will be in our exclusive studio or outdoor training area or around the local area depending on the training. Track sessions - our track sessions are an additional £4 per person payable per session to cover the cost of the track use. Longer sessions are available, please ask for details. Training plans - prices vary and are based on the number of weeks you require. Please discuss this at the initial meeting.