Ans Botha: what a line-up at IFAC!

Did you not sleep the last 5 nights waiting for the coach who will speak in the same session of Helena Duplantis? Well, it was worth it: Ans Botha, the coach of 400 World Record holder  Wayde van Niekerk is that name. 

Ans will talk about how to “hold athlete competition readiness throughout Covid-19”, sharing her experience in managing Wayde’s positivity at the virus right before his first race of the season and still getting a huge result after a few weeks he returned healthy.

Ans’ slot is scheduled at 2:05PM GMT in the Session 2 of the conference, next Novembre 7th. She will also speak in the panel at the end of the session together with Helena Duplantis and Maria Chiara Milardi, the italian coach of Davide Re, one of the best European quarter milers in 2020.

This will probably be the last time Ans Botha will speak in public to share her great experience with other coaches so don’t miss the opportunity and sign up to IFAC 2020!

Charles van Commenee at IFAC!

Another big shot for the 2020 International Festival of Athletics Coaching: Charles van Commenée enters in the conference’s line-up!

Charles is one of the world”s leading experts in managing performance, initially as personal coach to a number of elite athletes who won medals at Olympic Games and World Championships, then as Technical Director for Dutch and British Athletics and finally as Performance Director for the Dutch Olympic Committee and later for British Athletics.

He will talk about how to “Lead the team through Covid-19” in the third session of the conference, scheduled November 7th at 6:55PM GMT. 

If this announcement helps your last doubts to fade away, subscribe to the 2020  International Festival of Athletics Coaching for only €99,00

Helena Duplantis in the IFAC line-up!

Great news for the upcoming International Festival of Athletics Coaching, scheduled for next 6-8 November: Helena Duplantis will speak about how phenomenal ‘Mondo’ Duplantis and his entourage dealt with Covid-19 restrictions to achieve the incredible set of new World Record in pole vault.

Helena will be interviewed by Wolfgang Ritzdorf in the IFAC session entitled “Remaining competition ready in a climate of uncertainty”, scheduled at 2:55PM GMT on Saturday, December 7th. 

She’ll be also one of the hosts in the final panel of the session, with two other female coaches. Want to know who they are? Stay tuned: they will be announced soon here!

In the meantime, don’t lose time and subscribe to the 2020 International Festival of Athletics Coaching for only €99,00!

Finally: IFAC 2020 !

We were hanging on for as long as we could to be able to have a conference in person but we had to give up, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives and the end seems to be still far in the future.

In these last few months we had many doubts about the fate of the 2020 edition of our International Festival of Athletics Coaching. Initially scheduled for January, then postponed until the end of March at Loughborough University, it was only a few weeks before the event that we had to cancel to avoid any issues with this new pandemic.

We finally decided to have a completely virtual IFAC 2020 in November, from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th. Compared with the original program of last March 2019, we amended some topics to make room for conversations related to how successful coaches were dealing with the constraints of access to training facilities, travelling and attending competition sites during the 2020 season.

We had an incredible coach who shared their experience of one of their top athletes who tested positive with Covid-19 right before the opening of the season. You must listen to this one!

The Festival’s line-up includes great speakers like Dawn Scott, Vern Gambetta, Donna Fraser and Malcolm Arnold.

As always, the European Athletics Coaches Association believes that coaches can learn from an array of different related areas. For this reason, at IFAC 2020 we will hear from Bryony Dunne and Gareth Grier who are leading London’s Air Ambulance in these challenging times.

Many more great names for the IFAC 2020 line-up will be announced in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

The event will be streamed live on the new EACA website. The standard price for the all seven sessions of the conference is €99,00. However, if you decide to become a member of the European Athletics Coaches Association by registering on our website, you’ll get a discount. If you apply for the Free Membership you’ll get a 10% discount, while if you choose to sign up for the yearly Premium Membership the discount will be a big 30%!

Applications are already open! All you need to do is register yourself for the conference!

A new era for EACA

As the Beatles song goes, it’s been a “long and winding road”, with many dead end streets and crossroads. But now we have finally reached a point, which is nothing else than… the starting line!

The big difference now is that the European Athletics Coaches Association has a clear and well defined pathway to continue their journey. As we now have the appropriate technological equipment and support, we are growing our skills on how we can serve you as the coaches, in the best way possible.

In the year of its 60th birthday, the European Athletics Coaches Association has reinvented itself, embracing the virtual world to deliver services to it’s coaches. Here are some of the ideas we have worked so far, and will continue to work on to bring the best Membership possible:

  • EACA aims to create a community of coaches where they can connect and network with each other, exchange opinions, share videos, and knowledge. This is similar to a Social Media Coaching Networking group, where the concept of “growing faster together” is the key
  • We have a lot to share with you, especially from our many years of running our main event, the world renowned International Festival of Athletics Coaching (IFAC). At the moment, we are offering more than 150 presentations from over 90 coaches from a wide range of different sports who have previously spoken at one of our IFAC conferences from 2006 to 2020. In the following months we will publish footage taken from our IFAC events between 2012 and 2019, while the recorded sessions of IFAC 2020 live stream is already available
  • Of course, Technical Articles are one of our projects. We’ll be inviting columnists and editors to have the opportunity to publish articles. Please keep an eye on our website!
  • Also in our plans is an online platform offering courses to coaches who want to improve their skills. We don’t want to clash with the new World Athletics eLearning platform so our courses will be very specific and not just technical. We’re also trying to set up a credits system based on EU rules. The online Academy will be dedicated to our late vice-president Elio Locatelli

I’m sure at this point you are wondering, what is the price of all of these new services? The good news is that a wide variety of content will be available as part of the Free Membership, including; access to the coaching social network, elements of our IFAC presentation, selected online courses, discounts for applying to our events or events created by our partners and many other benefits. It’s easy to register as an EACA member without paying any money.

For those who want more, they can apply for the Premium Membership which costs only €2,99 billed monthly or €30,00 billed annually. Further down the line in 2021 we will also offer a Pro Membership with even more benefits and higher discounts at a cost of €9,99 billed monthly or €100,00 billed yearly. We offer incredibly competitive rates compared to other membership fees and can’t wait to have you as an EACA Member! 

So, what are you waiting for? Choose your preferred membership level and become an EACA member. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t a European Coach, the EACA Membership is open to coaches from all around the world.