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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 13/12/2011 11:18:52 AM

Winter training is now well under way and there is a definite buzz within my group that seems to be centred around Danny’s very possible goal of making the Olympics.

Danny is in fantastic shape already and is far ahead of where he was at this point in 2010 with all his training results on track or ahead of our targets.

This year I have changed the training programme quite dramatically while trying to strike a balance between what I felt really worked in the past. The main change I have implemented is a complete reversal of the weight training periodisation. In the past I’ve used a pretty traditional long to short on the track and light to heavy (high volume to high intensity) in the gym. Through analysing where the athletes fastest times were during the year, I found that they were often when the athletes were lifting weights that were not that heavy (for example around 4 to 6 reps), so the training plan is set to allow the average number of reps in the weights schedules to be around that number come the competition season. Danny and the others are all looking strong in the gym and on the track, so we keep faith that this system will work.

Danny has also had the good news in the last few months that he has been selected onto the UKA World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) at Podium level. I think that reflects well Danny’s constant progression over the last two years and was always the plan when he was first invited to be part of the Futures Programme. I’m absolutely certain that Danny being placed on Futures for the 2011 season helped us massively in making the leap from 20.9 to 20.5 in the 200m and 10.5 to 10.2 in the 100m. Everyone we were involved with through the Futures Programme was incredibly helpful and we appreciate everyone’s efforts greatly. I hope that other athletes and coaches can benefit from it long into the future.

Our thoughts are now turning to the indoor season. Most of my athletes will have a full schedule. Danny, however, will only do two or three competitions, which will be quite a bit less than he is used to. We did consider not doing the indoor season at all, however we came to the conclusion that this would not be wise, as he has never gone a full winter without competition, and to make such a huge change in Olympic year could be a mistake. On the flip side of this, Danny has little to gain from an indoor season; having already won the UK title in 2011 and with no 200m at the World Indoor Championships, to come out and risk injury for multiple unimportant competitions just wouldn’t be worth it. We hope that a shortened season is the right decision in this instance. Either way, with luck and effort on our part, his excellent form will continue and he can run some special times.

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.