Coaching Pathway

AAAC Coaching Pathway – for entry level athletes

Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club has developed an effective progressive coaching structure. The structure is dynamic and no two athletes experience the same progression through it. The aim is to accommodate and aid any athlete in reaching their potential and achieving their long term goals within the various disciplines that make up the sport of athletics, from sprinting to steeplechase and pole vault to hammer throw.

The pathway follows the recommendations of our governing body ScottishAthletics and comprises a number of stages that athletes progress through as they develop their athletics career:

• Entrance Sessions – FUNdamentals of Running, Jumping and Throwing
• Club 5:30 Coaching – Foundation of Running, Jumping and Throwing
• Club 6:30 Coaching – Event Group Development and Event Specialisation

Progression from stage to stage is based on a number of factors of each individual athlete – competitiveness, ability, enthusiasm and commitment, attendance and proven enthusiasm to participate, both in coaching and competition.

Occasionally there are opportunities for athletes to attend a coaching session with an Event Group Coach out with club core time.

Entrance Sessions

The initial stage consists of Entrance Sessions operated all year round out with the core, weekly club training sessions. Many of these sessions are based at the superb Aberdeen Sports Village, where the club coaches and young volunteers work with the village to host sessions for those in primary and secondary school. These entry level sessions are an opportunity for athletes to gain some basic experience of the sport of athletics. Athletes are encouraged to try the various disciplines whilst developing basic techniques and learning about competing.

Primary 4-7

Tuesday 16:15-17:15

Drop in session at ASV


Friday 18:00-19:00

Drop in session at ASV

Secondary 1+

Wednesday 1615-1715

Drop in session at ASV


Friday 18:00-19:00

Drop in session at ASV

Huntly RJT

Monday 16:00-17:00

Term time only

For attendance at any satellite club contact should be made with the Active Schools Coordinator.

Adults should contact the Club via the Contact us, giving details of the event/s they are interested in along with any relevant experience

Following a Coaches Meeting, the athletes will be given an opportunity to progress onto the next stage of the coaching pathway, provided there is appropriate space. (Athletes must be aged 9 or over to progress from entrance sessions). Athletes and parents of young athletes attend an induction meeting before progressing to Core Coaching sessions, where various details about the club are explained and questions answered.

The Club 5.30 and 6:30 Coaching is the core of the regular Monday and Wednesday club nights at Aberdeen Sports Village.

Club 5:30 Coaching

Club 5:30 coaching utilises both the indoor and outdoor athletics facilities. Athletes work with experienced qualified Aberdeen AAC voluntary coaches who guide athletes in their progression in the sport.

The 5:30 sessions build on the movement skills athletes have learned at the entry level sessions and develop the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing for athletic events. There is also a focus on participation in competition for these athletes. Athletes aged around 14 and who have mastered the foundation skills required in athletics can then move into their preferred Event Development Group within the club to further improve their performances.

Each athlete’s progress in both training and competition is monitored. Individuals will progress to work with an Event Group Coach at 6.30 upon showing strong ability, enthusiasm and commitment.

Club 6:30 Event Group Coaching

Although Monday and Wednesday evenings are the core of our regular club nights, event groups are led by highly experienced, qualified volunteer coaches and athletes training with these groups are expected to attend additional training sessions throughout the week, show commitment to the sport by competing at the highest level possible.

Over time, a coach athlete relationship develops as they work together in pursuit of the athlete's ultimate goal. Athletes benefit from training with the other members of the squad and sharing experiences of the sport.


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Committee and Coaches

Mark Davidson


Brian Pahlmann

Club Manager

Joyce Hogg

Coaching Coordinator

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