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blog spot: uka futures programme - dan cossins

Danny Talbot
Dan Cossins coached Danny Talbot to this summer's European U23 Championships (above)

11 October 2011

Dan Cossins is coach to sprinter Danny Talbot who made his Aviva GB & NI debut at the 2010 IAAF World Junior championships in Canada and was selected this summer to represent the Aviva GB & NI team at this summer's European Under-23 Championships and IAAF World Championships in Daegu.

Watch out for more blogs from UKA Futures Programme coaches on www.uka.org.uk 

Blog Spot: UKA Futures Programme - Dan Cossins

User AvatarPosted by Site Administrator at 11/10/2011 9:41:06 AM

This week has seen the start of winter training for my group, and I could definitely sense the excitement and anticipation as to what the next year might hold.

As usual, we started the first session with a meeting where I outlined exactly what I was expecting from the athletes, what I expected them to improve on from last year and also a brief explanation of how I have set out their programmes.

I’ve changed things quite radically from last year in terms of how I have periodised the track work and the weight training. In the past I have tapered both types of training down to the season, meaning when the athletes are lifting heavy weights, they are also running fast. I think this has, at times, left them feeling totally worn out and on occasions has led to the really fast performances being left in the locker.

I’ve also observed from analysing Danny’s programmes that he runs his fastest times in training and in races when his weight training is around the 6 rep mark (average intensity, in other words), so this year I have reversed the weight training. The athletes will start the year with all their heavy strength training, power work and plyometrics and the intensity of these workouts will be decreased as the running gets faster.  I think it will give us many advantages, including: the nervous system will get constant training year round; the nervous system should not be overtrained; and also that the bulk of the strength work will be done when the really fast running takes place meaning that they should be more resistant to injury.

Danny’s great results have attracted a few new athletes into the group, most notably Joe Kibirige. Joe has run low 21 second 200 metre times, so along with Scott Bajere I will be coaching the three fastest students at Bath and I think Danny has some great training partners now to train with into 2012.

I have been sure to make them aware that in a year like the Olympics, where Danny will have a great chance of running really fast and making the team for London, that if they do things right they will also be dragged along to great performances.  I remember this happening when I was running in 2004 when we all followed Jason Gardener’s lead as he was on his way to being World Indoor champion. Everyone else in the group was able raise their game in his wake.

I’ve also been pleased to bring two 400 metre runners into the group as I’ve not really coached events other than 100 and 200 metres. My own experiences as a 400 metre runner have largely shaped a lot of my coaching ideas so I look forward to applying them to that event and seeing if I can develop some really fast one lappers.

As the athletes set off on their first reps of their first session of the year (a 10 x 100m session on grass), I couldn’t help but wonder what this training might lead to for the group, and especially for Danny. I have true belief in him and I think if everything goes to plan, he could very well be lining up against Bolt and Blake in the Olympic stadium next year. Let’s hope, that with the new training programme, his new training partners and continued support from the UKA futures scheme, I will be proven right.

The UKA Futures Programme underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) and was borne out of the restructure of UKA’s WCPP and the drive towards more targeted support for athletes and their coaches.

The Programme targets young athletes with the potential to deliver global medals for Britain in the future.

Athletes and their coaches will be supported in their individual development plans allowing for more flexibility and individual discretion around distribution of resources. 28 coach-athlete pairs have been included in the 2010/11 Futures Programme.