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Group Training Sessions - Kingston

    

Why Train with Momentum Sports?


Expert Coaching from one of the strongest coaching teams in the UK
Use of the track during training included
Track night physio support included
Use of a free weights gym included (whenever the track is open)


For details of each of these - see below

About Training with Momentum Sports in Kingston


As well as running this website, we run a large and successful set of training groups at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London KT1 3PB coaching athletes from all over south west London and northern Surrey.

Details of the track and Places for People, the company who run it, can be seen HERE.

Our youngest athletes train with Kestrel Club, if you are looking for this please click the link.

For more senior athletes we have a large team of coaches, each with a successful group of athletes on a Tuesday and Thursday. More elite groups also train on Saturdays. The groups have athletes of all standards from complete beginner up to international level, and training for all athletics and running events.

We always welcome new members to our groups and we believe we have the knowledge and passion to take you to the next level with your sport.

Between us we have literally hundreds of years experience of athletics coaching and in that time we have helped athletes who have run at international level, won English Schools, are National age-group Champions and more at the elite end.

At the other end of the scale, it is equally gratifying to see beginners breaking Pbs and enjoying their running, and we have helped a large number of beginners of all ages right up into their 50s, 60s and even 70s.

Overall, the groups are about enjoying your sport, meeting new people and having athletes to train and compete with / against.

Why not try us out and see if you like it (the first couple of sessions are totally FREE - we are that confident you will love it!!)

Coaching Groups

Performance Track Group - all events

Richard Holt's group contains many of the more elite senior track athletes we have at Momentum Sports, which includes Tom Parry, Sam Ige, Mae Thompson, Scott Evans and Chris Hall to name just a few and in the past has coached Phoebe Law, Nicole Kendall, Molly Renfer and Linda Staines. As well as Momentum Sport's head coach he also holds this position with Kingston & Poly athletics club. He as been coaching for over 20 years and was formally a 52.11 400m hurdler and National Finalist and more recently multi British Masters Champion.

His philosophy is to treat each athlete as an individual so all athletes have personalised training, which is then brought into a co-operative relaxed, but hard working training environment. He works on the fundamentals first (technique and robustness for training), builds in the speed needed for an event and then adds the required endurance as necessary. This has seen excellent results over the years with National and International level performances across U17, U20, U23, Senior and Masters age groups.

Performance Horizontal Jumps Group


Momentum Sports jumps squad is run by John Shepherd. It also incorporates the multi-events training where John co-ordinates training with Nathan Standing (see below) and sometimes with other coaches too. They are seeing some great results across the board

John was an international long jumper in the 1985 before becoming both a leading Masters and athlete and coach. He is features editor at Athletics Weekly, was the editor Ultrafit magazine and has written many books on coaching of all ages. He is also the coach to the 2013 European Junior Long Jump champion.

Performance Junior Sprints Group

Pat Logan has done it all and now he is passing on that knowledge to lots of talented young sprinters. His group profile is generally athletes aged 14 to 18 who run at a good club or county level with the vast majority of his group running PBs year on year. Speed is a key element of his coaching and a focus on detail. He is also very strong on the sports psychology side of the sport.

He started as a marathon runners in his mid-twenties, before deciding that sprinting was more his cup of tea. He has won numerous medals at Masters level at National and International level. In 2013 he became the World Masters 100m Champions for the M50 age group.

Performance Junior Middle Distance Group

Vanessa Hammett's group has many excitingly talented youngster who have excelled at County level and beyond and works on the philosophy of developing skills and habits for long term success.

Her group have won countless County titles at U15, U17 and U20 level and is now the strongest it has ever been.

In the past she was a top level 400m hurdler and is also a qualified sports masseur, treating athletes from across all the Momentum Sport groups.

Adult Sprints Group

Formerly an sprinter, Mary Dimbleby now coaches our more novice adult sprints group.

It is a fairly small group, which is perfect as she can dedicate a lot of time to improving the skills of her athletes, which she does with great expertise.

The adults in this group range from 21 upwards and Mary is able to assist both club level athletes and also total beginners.


Adult Distance Group

Nicky Atkins is an established Masters distance runner who has been competing for about 20 years and coaching for more than a decade.

She has achieved notable success on the track and over roads and cross-country and now helps a number of our longer distance runners to get the most from their running as well.

She will help you whether you are a total novice or a more experienced distance runner, having helped athletes who've never run before be able to complete marathons and at the other end of the spectrum assisting athletes running as fast as 17 to 18 minutes for 5k.

Development Middle Distance Group


Another athlete turned coach, Richard Vassall ran under 3.50 for 1500m in his day and brings this experience to our novice juniors, who have progressed beyond the Kestrel Club at Kingston and Poly. His young, dedicated group show what can be achieved by application with an experienced coach in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.

Development Sprints Group


With PBs of 6.86 for long jump and 14.98 for triple jump, David Wellstead was an accomplished athlete well acquainted with the needs of speed and power for athletics events. He leads our group of more junior sprinters and has seen many of them surprising both themselves and others with the speed of their improvements.

Multi-Events Group


Nathan Standing is both an multi-events athlete and coach. He works with a group of athletes who primarily focus on being Decathletes, Heptathletes, Octhathletes and Pentathletes, although he also helps some of our throwers and vertical jumpers too. His degree course is also in coaching, so he brings a wealth of both learnt coaching abilities as well as experience to the role.

Gym


All athletes in any of these groups also have access to use the Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers free weights gym (by the 100m start at the Kingsmeadow Track) within their subs - any time that the track is open. There are some rules for this use of this based around athletes age and experience and for safety no athlete is to lift on their own. All athletes will need to undergo an induction with a coach to show them how to use the gym safely.

Support


In addition to our coaches, we have a sports therapy and massage on hand, which has proved to be very important in the reduction of both the numbers of injuries and also the shortening or rehab times when the do, unfortunately, occur. James Saunders is our sport therapist and has worked at Headley Court, with injured service personnel, and Brentford Football club amongst other things.

About the coaches in general

All of our coaches are UK:Athletics qualified and strive to achieve the most for all their athletes.

We believe we are good at what we do and do so as a career, so there is a charge ** (160/quarter or 495/year) to be in the group and receive coaching specifically aimed at meeting your goals. This cost includes the use of the track as well as the coaching (if you did two sessions a week with no coaching at the track - this would actually work out more expensive!!)

Several of our coaches are full-time and all work very hard at their coaching away from the track meaning we have a lot of time to research all the latest techniques and liase with you to hopefully ensure that your training is as good as it can be. All athletes training with us benefit from online training diaries (apart from the youngest members, who won't have a need for one), regular appraisals of how training is going and regular technique sessions in addition to the 2-3 sessions a week at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track.

You are welcome to come along and train with us to try us out for a couple sessions before committing.

So, why not come and try it out? Contact coaches@momentumsports.co.uk if this is something that you might be interested in.

** Elite Athletes (in or near the top 100 in their event in the UK) need not pay for coaching at all. You are welcome to join the group and also have the opportunity to join the Momentum Sports Academy. This is because we are always striving to improve the standard of athletics in the area. (These athletes will be asked for a much smaller fee primarily to contribute towards the cost of the use of the track.)

 

 


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