Chair of St Albans Athletics Club
My children attended sessions run by Tom McNab back in 1988. When these sessions came to an end, myself and a group of parents approached Tom about starting a club which was to become St Albans Athletic Club (SAAC). At the launch I was asked to become Membership Secretary and then 12 months later became overall Secretary – and this was in the days before mass use of email or mobile phones! I then became Chair of the club and have been for over 17 years now. In our first season, around 15 of us parents took coaching and/or officiating qualifications as we were all new to running an athletics club and didn’t have the luxury of existing coaches or officials. I coached on Thursday and Sunday sessions until we moved down to Hampshire in August 2005, but I still officiate at the EYAL and SAL matches and attend all the committee meetings. I have a close relationship with St. Albans District Council and 1Life, the track management company, and meet regularly with their representatives. I am very proud to have been associated with the Club for all these years and my heartfelt thanks go out to the dedicated coaches and officials, the committee and all the volunteers for their commitment to making SAAC what it is today.
Vice Chair & Coach
I have a life time interest in athletics which began as a youth competitor and then later taking part in 5km events, half marathons, and triathlons as an adult. My involvement in St Albans Athletic Club began when my two sons joined the club in 2006. Since then I have coached regularly at the Tuesday evening middle distance sessions, and also at the Thursday and Sunday sessions as required. I hold coaching certificates in athletics, rugby and refereeing. As Vice Chair of the club I am responsible for club operations. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
I have been attached to St Albans Athletics Club from the age of about 11 when I convinced my parents to let me join the club in its first few years. Moving through the age groups, I fell in love with the sport of athletics. Though I did not excel at any event, I became a “jack-of-all trades” and I think I did every track and field event for the club at one point or another. However, I always preferred the throws and still like to have a go with a shot putt every now and then. Following a brief gap with university and my career, I came back to the club and coached the Sunday and Thursday sessions for a few years before retiring once again to have some kids of my own. Now as treasurer I get to use my financial skills to help out the club I love. As my children approach the age when I can bring them along, I will shortly be back on track!
Two of my daughters were keen athletes at the club, so I was delighted to take on the role of Welfare Officer, when asked. As a club, we want to ensure children who wish to participate, do so in a safe and fun environment. My role is to advise and support the club in implementing welfare policies and procedures; and responding to any concerns and complaints. Please do get in touch with any concerns or recommendations.
Committee Member & Official
My daughter joined the club in 2011, and cross country and athletics have been a big part of her life since then. Our club and its coaches have such a positive impact on so many families in St Albans that I was happy to contribute in some capacity. I am a member of the committee and also officiate at field events during the athletics season. Officiating is a great way to forge a common interest with your child; it’s fun, and I highly recommend it. I am very happy to have a chat with any parent/carer if it is something you are interesting in trying.
My children have been members of the club since 2007. As well as organising the kit with Nicky Laitner, I also volunteer as a Sunday social run helper.
I am a parent volunteer and have enjoyed being involved with the club since my daughter started middle distance running approximately 7 years ago. Together with Anna Anders, I deal with kit orders and enquiries.
I am a parent volunteer with two children at the club. My daughter has been competing for the club since 2016 and I try to help with fixtures when ever I can. I also manage the website for the club so if you have any queries, suggestions or comments, please send me an email.
EYAL Team Co-ordinator
I am a parent volunteer with 2 daughters at the club. I co-ordinate the teams for the EYAL (Eastern Youth Athletes’ League). If you have any questions about your child competing in the league, please contact me.
Cross Country & Middle Distance Coach
Level 3 Endurance/Children in Athletics
I discovered my love of running and athletics whilst bringing up my three children and taking them to various clubs. I am driven by sharing both that passion and the knowledge I have developed as part of the England Athletics coaching team taking part in courses, workshops, oversea conferences and European team management. In many sports a lot of pressure is put on young athletes resulting in massive drop out rates; as a coach I strongly believe sport is to be loved as a child and then continued into adulthood. I am also a keen and accomplished athlete having taken part in 14 consecutive London Marathons winning age group trophies in 6. I have also competed on the track, road, fell, ultra’ and triathlon.
Cross Country & Middle Distance Coach
I have been involved in athletics continuously from age 12, competing for Reading AC, Bracknell AC, now coaching for St Albans AC and occasionally running for St Albans Striders – I tried to give up running once but it didn’t work! I was fortunate as a young athlete to have been coached by some very knowledgeable and dedicated people and hope, in some way, to give something back to the sport that has given me so much pleasure. I competed mainly over 800m (2:01) & 1500m (4:16) when younger, and thoroughly enjoyed cross-country and road running as an older athlete – experience that has proved invaluable as a coach. I strongly support the club coaching philosophy of the long-term development of athletes and enjoy working with a great group of coaches and athletes who are always looking to improve, collectively and individually.
Cross Country & Middle Distance Assistant Coach
Cross Country & Middle Distance Coach
I was a club runner for Salford Harriers during my formative years in Manchester, competing and enjoying some success in middle distance and cross country, with a preference for the 1500m. Since discovering my son also had a passion for athletics, I am now allowed the time to participate and be around the sport and hopefully help the young athletes be the best they can be. I am a very strong believer in layering in training volumes slowly as the athletes grow and develop, but at the same time giving the athletes the ability to compete, succeed and achieve their goals, whether it be simply keeping fit or representing the County team. On a training and competition level, I also strongly believe in understanding the individual needs of the athlete to make sure that the training and racing volumes are right for them, particularly when taking into account other sports that they may participate in. The most important aspect for me is that the athletes enjoy this great sport and what it has to offer.
Coach and Team Manager for SAL
I am married to Sue Yeomans (pole vault coach) with twin boys. I have been managing the SAAC team for the Southern Athletics League (SAL) since 2002. My wife and my son, Paul, both compete for the club at SAL’s.
Track & Field Coach
Level 2 Sprints, Jumps, and Throws and Children in Athletics.
I originally started off as an athlete for the club in 1992 and moved into coaching 7 years later in 1999. As a coach with experience as an athlete, I enjoy helping children improve their skills and achieving their potential. I have coached athletes to compete and achieve “South of England Championships” and “English Schools” titles. As a result I received recognition as “Eastern Region Coach of the Year” in 2010. I look forward to continuing my commitment and volunteering my time and expertise to help and encourage athletes to reach their potential; for the athlete and for the club!
Coach and Official
Pole Vault Coach
I am married to Brian Yeomans (Team Manager for Southern Athletics League) with twin boys. I coach pole vault at the club and am currently the World and European Master Pole Vault Champion.
The spirit of the London 2012 Olympics led my eldest child to join St Albans Athletic Club and soon after, I completed my Coaching Assistant qualification and have been coaching at the club on Sundays ever since. All 3 of my daughters currently train at the club and the eldest has volunteered as part of her DofE challenge so it is a real family affair and I love being a part of my children’s athletic journey. I recently completed my LIRF training (Leadership in Running Fitness) and also became qualified as a guide for blind and visually impaired runners which I now do regularly. After having my third child, I returned to running; she slept better in a running buggy than in her bed and as a result my running distances increased. I am a member of St Albans’ Striders and have also taken part in triathlons. On Sundays you will mostly find me at the long Jump pit where I intend to further develop my coaching skills. The Coaching Assistant course equips you with the fundamentals in running, jumping and throwing and enables you to assist at training sessions. I am very happy to talk to anyone wishing to give it a go! Alternatively, training to be an official at athletic events is another perfect way to be involved and offer something back to the club.
I have been coaching for a number of years originally as a Football coach and for the last 20 years as an athletic coach. Although a throws coach I am also qualified to coach a number of other events and for the last 18 years have been coaching a women’s only jogging session in Watford on a Monday night. I coach both mainstream and disabled athletes and have been lucky enough to coach athletes to both the Olympics and Paralympic games. Whilst I have a background in performance coaching I love coaching our younger athletes. I am a great believer in making sport enjoyable for everyone regardless of ability and age, I get as much enjoyment out of seeing an athlete set new PB’s as watching someone I have been coaching set a world record or win a medal at a major event.
Coach and Level 4 National Technical Field Official
Coaching – I have been coaching for many years, starting off as a Level 2 specialising in Jumps, then through my own continued development I progressed to Club Coach. I went through the Local Coach Development program and was then invited onto the National Coach Development programme; both of which are very helpful for networking, sharing knowledge and helping keep up to date with the many changes within coaching techniques and programming. I believe strongly in planning and programming. It is important for athletes to participate in all the phases of training including winter training. By providing athletes with a programme ensures a partnership agreement whereby we all work together to ensure progression and where appropriate putting in the necessary adaptations in to push up to the next level. I live in St. Albans and in the past coached for the Club for many years. I currently coach High Jump and have links with other clubs and coaches.
Officiating – I officiate from grassroots up to National level. I was lucky enough to judge at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games and more recently the World Cup, World Championships and Diamond Leagues. At the 2019 Anniversary Games I lead the men’s high jump which was very special for me. I am part of the Tri-Regional Field Group (ELSE) having responsibility for regional selections of field officials and making recommendation for national events on behalf of the South. We also assess Level 3 officials going for upgrading together with consideration of Level 4 applications. I am actively involved in the mentoring of many field officials coming through the system.
Track & Field Coach
I joined St Albans Athletic Club at the age of 12 as an all-rounder, and then later specialising in javelin at the age of 15. Since then I have been throwing for over 10 years and have represented Hertfordshire and Loughborough University at BUCS (British University and College Sports). Post-university, I returned to the club in 2013 as an assistant coach and haven’t looked back and am currently en route for the full coaching qualification!