Training & Coaching

April 16, 2008

Here at Brighton and Hove Athletic Club, we pride ourselves on providing a high standard of coaching for all our athletes – regardless of their ability and tailored to their individual requirements.

Whatever your aim – whether it’s getting fit, training for a particular event, or to compete for the club on the track, field, road or country we can provide free coaching ancd help in finding the right training group for you.

All our club coaches are registered through UK Athletics (UKA), several are qualified to Senior Club Coach level.

We can provide specialist coaching for all events, as well as multi – discipline coaching.

Once athletes have become a member and gained a place on training nights they are welcome to join any coaching group to improve upon a particular event. For younger members we follow a syllabus designed by UK Athletics called “365” allowing athletes to gain an athletic understanding and coaching in all the main running, jumping and throwing events, creating all-round athletes with multi-disciplinary skills before establishing their preferred event.

For more information please contact General Secretary: Bob Willows 01903 813878

Training Groups

Training groups give athletes the opportunity to train with other athletes whilst receiving coaching tailored to their needs. Athletes are welcome to join a group on a regular basis, or just for a few sessions.

Sprints (100m, 200m, 400m)

Many of our sprint coaches also coach Hurdles (as sprint coaching is also required by the hurdlers).

Middle Distance
We have several Middle Distance coaching groups, athletes train on the track and in the nearby park during the summer season. Contact Richard Carter 01273 884331 for information on Middle or Long Distance coaching.

Long Distance
Track athletes wishing to compete in the longer events, often train with the Marathon Squad (see Road Races and Marathon), supplementing their training with speedwork (see Middle Distance above). Contact Sam Lambourne 01273 675717 for details of Marathon and Long Distance coaching.

Throws (Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer)

High Jump

Long Jump

Triple Jump

Pole Vault

Cross Country
During the winter, there are several groups which go out for road runs in the Brighton area, cross country athletes can also train with the middle distance groups on the track. In the summer, many of our cross country athletes compete in the longer track races. See the Middle Distance section for more information. Contact Richard Carter 01273 884331 for more information.

Road and Marathon
One of our largest training groups is the Marathon squad (which includes a wide range of athletes, from serious marathon runners, to people simply wishing to gain fitness). Contact Sam Lambourne 01273 675717 for more information.

Training Times

Normally from 5.30 to 8pm on tuesdays and Thursdays 


We welcome spectators, and invite you to visit Withdean Stadium any Tuesday evening (our main training night), to watch our club members training. Parental support is always appreciated by our junior members.

You may also like to take advantage of our new clubhouse which is heated and has a tuck shop / cafe for hot teas to keep you warm on those chilly training nights.



** Important ** Due to overwhelming popularity, we are currently unable to accept new Under 15 years old members and guests on our Tuesday & Thursday training nights.
Instead, we would request you to attend our Friday night sessions where new athletes will be allowed to train until space becomes available and you will be invited to move up.

Younger Athletes

Under 11 year olds:
Tuesday – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday – 6.00pm – 7:00pm
Friday – 5:30pm – 6:30pm (this is our ‘Active Waiting List’ where members can receive coaching until space is available on regular training nights)

11 years to Under 15 year olds:
Tuesday – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday-  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday – 5:30pm – 6:30pm (this is our ‘Active Waiting List’ where members can receive coaching until space is available on regular training nights)

Senior Athletes

Tuesday – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Thursday – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Sunday – As arranged by coaches

Adult Beginners and Veterans
New training sessions are being created for adults who want to improve their athletics ability, this includes absolute beginners and seasoned vets. More details to follow.