Training Groups & Coaches’ Profiles




Whichever event you are interested in, track and field, sprinting, throwing, middle distance or cross country, the club provides free coaching. Some groups train more than once a week, meeting up at the weekend, to take part in competitions or just to train.

Coaching is provided for the following events

  • Track events for all ages
  • Javelin, Hammer, Discus & Shot throwing
  • Distance/middle distance running And, if you want to meet a group of joggers to keep you company you will find them, men and women of all ages and abilities who get together for a run.
  • If you have never been a member of an athletics club before don’t be put off, if you visit our club on Tuesday or Thursday evening, you will realize that not all members are finely tuned athletes.
  • For junior members, dedicated coaches offer a wide-ranging introduction to athletics which continues throughout the year.

Fundamentals – Age from 7 up to 8 years.  Fundamental movements and agility sessions for the young athlete. 6.30pm to 7.30pm Tuesday and Thursday.  Coaches Mandy and Carol.

Training for fitness and agility – Age from 8 – 11 years.  Running, agility, games.  6.30pm – 7.30pm, Tuesday & Thursday.  Coach: Wendy Mclean-schipperijn.

Javelin throwing – Ages from 10 years and upwards. Tuesday  6.15pm to 7.30pm. Coach Simon Forster

Hammer throwing – Thursday’s 6.30pm till 7.30pm. Coach Jess Arnison.

Friday 6.00pm till late *Advanced Throwers Only*. Coach Simon Forster.

Shot Putt Throwing – Ages from 10 years and upwards. Tuesday & Thursday 6.30pm to 7.30. Coach Joe Ashton.

Middle Distance & Cross Country – age 10+ years.  For the athlete who wants to compete for the club in middle distance or cross country.  Coaches: Margaret Galvin, Diane Denney, Karen Jones and Angela Pike.

Sprint Training – There are two groups: age under 13 years (minimum 9 yrs old) & 13 + years. Both groups train on Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm.  For the athlete who wants to compete for the club in sprint races. Coaches Andy Bridge, John Charleson.

College age and adults, training takes place from 7.00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Coach Joe Galvin and Margaret Galvin.

For those looking to get fit/run with others  training takes place on a Tuesday night at 7.00pm. Ask for Dianne.
For more information contact  01942 605201 or e-mail:


If you are interested in taking up coaching, or are already a coach and would like to join in here at Leigh Harriers, we would love to hear from you. Whether you are a parent looking to get involved or perhaps a sports student and would like some hands on experience to add to your CV, then talk to us.

We provide access and funding to training and qualifications via the UK Athletics pathway, so if you are interested, please either call us on 01942 605201 between 10.00am – 12.00pm weekdays and ask for Margaret or Joe Galvin or email

The UK Athletics Coaching Pathway has been created to cater for the needs of those (clubs and individuals) who wish to assist athletes of all ages and abilities in their athletic preparations.

Several roles and qualifications have been formed. All roles are regarded as being equally valuable to the sport and where appropriate the system is flexible. This allows individuals to choose a pathway that meets the needs of the athletes they are working with as well as their own personal aspirations.

As well as covering the generic “how to coach” skills, the awards focus more on the technical “what to coach” skills required to coach across events.

A decision tree diagram has been designed to direct you to the most suitable course which best suits your current circumstances. Please follow the path of the decision tree from the top down to find the course for you!