News27 Feb 2024

World-class coaches and athletes to gather in Glasgow for Coaches' Club


Coaches' Club in Budapest (© Getty Images)

Some of the world’s leading athletes and coaches – including Ryan Crouser, Helena Duplantis, Willie Banks and Laurent Meuwly – will come together for a three-day Coaches’ Club during the World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24.

Organised by World Athletics in cooperation with the Global Athletics Coaching Academy (GACA), the event takes place in Glasgow during the three days of the championships – from 1-3 March – and will see a number of key figures in the sport share their experience, exchange ideas and network.

The Coaches’ Club is free to attend, but advance registration is required. Click here for on-site attendance registration, and here for online attendance registration.

The Coaches’ Club is organised for the coaching community to learn in real time from the championships experience. This event is particularly intended for coaches, teachers and decision-makers in sport, but it is open to all.

The main programme activity will take place during each afternoon. Registered coaches who attend one, two or three of the afternoon sessions, either on site or online, will receive a certificate towards their continual professional development.

The afternoon sessions are a great opportunity to listen and learn about various topics in sport, as outlined in the event programme, and to meet and talk with the world-class coaches and athletes.

The event programme is available for download in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Each afternoon session will be recorded, with summary points from the evening sessions. The afternoon programme will be translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Italian. 

The programme includes:

Friday 1 March, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Session theme: change
Coaches are change agents and to win the game of change, they must learn to anticipate it and adapt to it.

• Carmelita Jeter – an Olympic and world gold medallist for the USA, former sprinter Jeter is currently a head coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

• Willie Banks – former world record-holder in the triple jump, Banks has contributed to the sport as both an athlete and a spokesperson for more than 40 years. The 1983 world silver medallist is currently a member of the World Athletics Council.

Saturday 2 March, 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Session theme: raising our game in coaching female athletes and highlighting the world of elite female coaches
The opening presentation drills deep into how we can be even more effective as coaches in addressing the specific development needs of female athletes. 

• Sebastian Coe – the President of World Athletics and a two-time Olympic champion in the 1500m. 

• Laurent Meuwly – head of sprinting, hurdles and relays in the Netherlands, Meuwly works with world 400m hurdles champion and world indoor 400m record-holder Femke Bol and other world-class athletes. Meuwly was the recipient of the Coaching Achievement Award at last year’s World Athletics Awards.

• Mellanee Welty – an associate head coach at the University of Florida, Welty works primarily with high jump and multi event athletes. Welty has been one of the primary coaches of two-time world heptathlon medallist Anna Hall since her time at the University of Florida.

• Helena Duplantis – a former heptathlete, Duplantis is the strength and conditioning coach for world pole vault record-holder Mondo Duplantis and Belgian record-holder Ben Broeders.

• Ryan Crouser – a multiple Olympic, world and Diamond League champion in the shot put, Crouser improved his own world record to 23.56m in Los Angeles last year.

Sunday 3 March, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Session theme: learning better and faster
A winning culture is founded on a learning culture so we need to live that principle. 

• Herbert Czingon – working for the German federation, Czingon has held a range of positions including national pole vault coach, jumps head coach, head of coach education and head coach in field events. He has developed many world-class athletes.

• Florian Weber and Jakob Larsen – Head of Product Design Weber and Head of Research & Development Larsen will discuss ‘horizontal jumps ideas’.

• Jon Ridgeon – the World Athletics CEO will lead the Coaches’ Forum, an opportunity for coaches to ask questions and express their ideas and suggestions.

The Coaches’ Club will be held at 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5SG.