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UK Athletics

paralympic coaching symposium

Paralympic Coaching Symposium

British Athletics will host the inaugural Paralympic Coaching Symposium over the weekend of 28-29 September 2019 in Loughborough.

Taking place at the British Athletics National Performance Institute and Burleigh Court hotel, the theme of the event is integration. The classroom and practical based workshops will offer guidance and new ideas to ensure para athletes can be fully included in all aspects of club athletics.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together coaches who are currently predominately working within a club environment, and those coaching athletes who are competing at grassroots to national level.

British Athletics recognise the importance of growing the number of opportunities for specific para athletics coach development and learning in the UK. Therefore, the symposium offers an educational event specifically catered for coaches working within a club environment who either currently coach para athletes or wish to do so in the future.

In addition, the event will aim to raise awareness of the para athletics landscape in the UK, as well as promoting the British Athletics Paralympic Performance Pathway which is for athletes and their coaches, aspiring to reach Great Britain and Northern Ireland teams for major championships. 

With key note speakers including Paralympic champions Danny Crates and Noel Thatcher, the first day will cover a range of sessions including understanding the five disabilities, impairment considerations for the event groups led by coaches with expertise in these areas, and breakout sessions including physio, S&C & nutritional support for para athletes. The Sunday programme reflects day one with the opportunity to explore another area of interest. A full timetable of events can be found in the delegate pack below. 

Coaches who have led athletes to multiple Paralympic, world and European medals including Keith Antoine, Jenni Banks, Michael Khmel, Joe McDonnell, Alison O’Riordan and Ryan Spencer-Jones are among the cohort of top-quality coaches who are sharing their expertise in their specialist area, so there really is something for everyone in where they’d like to advance their knowledge. 

We are pleased to offer a range of delegate packages.

Packages range from one day admission to two-day admission with accommodation.

Sign up here:

One Day

Two Day Accommodation

Two Day no Accommodation






In the Full Symposium Residential delegate package, accommodation at Burleigh Court will be provided.

The single day admission packages to the Symposium do not include the Dinner event on the Saturday evening but coaches can attend at the additional cost of £15.

If you have any questions, please contact coacheducation@britishathletics.org.uk