Coaching – 2023/24

Welcome to the wonderful world of track and field! 

A sport with something for everyone!  

There is no better feeling for athletes than achieving a new personal best (PB’s) and seeing our athletes’ faces light up with pride is just a special for parents/guardians and coaches.

All athletes benefit from coaching whether they are new to athletics or an experienced competitor.  Coaching provides opportunities to improve overall skill, strength and fitness so that achieving PB’s becomes a regular event.

Our coaching program allows athletes to learn and develop skills across multiple events offered through little A’s.  At Ryde we provide coaching across sprinting, middle distance, hurdles, jumps and throwing events.

Many younger competitors show good athletic ability but need coaching to develop this natural talent to a level where they are proficient and can produce their best results.  Often it takes a number of years to discover the event athletes are most suited to. Many of our state and national champions joined the club at an early age, competing in a variety of disciplines before finding their best event.

Our coaching program provides progressive coaching depending on your athlete’s ability and skill across a number of disciplines. Variety and quality are our focus.

For example:  With our youngest athletes more emphasis is placed on developing athletic fundamental skills and competences needed to support them as they progress.  At the outset, we aim to provide an inclusive environment where the breadth of athletics can be explored.

With practice children develop movement patterns and coordination, that progresses to developing technique, strength and fitness so that they can focus on the more technically challenging areas of the many events athletics has to offer.

Coaching Fee’s and FAQ

This year there is a hybrid model for coaching.

This consists of weekly opt-in coaching, pre-paid event clubs coaching and holiday clinics.

For more information on the coaching model please follow the following link HYBRID COACHING information



Start: 11th September 2023  

Cost: $35 per season 

This small fee paid either at registration or online and gives you access to the online booking platform SignUp Genius.

Here you can select the training  session(s), which suit your athlete for the coming week.  

Once registered for coaching you will receive an email on the 7th September  to help you set up your profile and get access to the upcoming weeks  sessions. Sessions for the following week go live on a Sunday and are  booked on a first come first serve basis. 

Coaching sessions are offered across all our Little A events including  beginner (fundamental skills) sessions to more technical event specific  coaching.


Training sessions are run throughout the week (Monday – Thursday) afternoons  at Dunbar Park over two blocks during the season. 

Session times vary dependant on individual coaches with multiple sessions  being run each afternoon. 

Athletes who opt-in for coaching will have a range of coaching sessions to  choose from and will be required to use the weekly online sign up roster to  manage athlete numbers per session.  

Block 1: Training commences mid September over a 10 week period (with  small hiatus during school holidays) and concludes the week of the Zone Championships being held in December.  

Block 2: Will commence early 2024 and conclude the week prior to State  Championships in March 2024. 

NB: A parent or guardian must attend training to supervise their  child/ren and be available to help with set up and pack away.

Payment can be made here if not already paid for during the registration process.



Start from 25th September 2023 

Cost: $35 per club. 

Due to the high demand for some events and the technical aspects required  for development in these events we are introducing small group Pre-Paid  Event specific Clubs to compliment the normal weekly opt-in coaching. 

These will be run over a 5-week block and will be limited to 8 participants. Cost – $35 per each 5-week block over. 

When confirmed your athlete’s spot will be secured for the duration of the  block and you will not be required to sign them up each week.  

This will enable coaches to progress the groups faster and allows for maximal  practising opportunities with a smaller group.  

Event Clubs are available for: 

  • Throws 
  • Hurdles 
  • Horizontal Jumps 
  • Sprints  

Further information will be available in the coming weeks regarding how to join an event club should you wish.



More info to come soon!




What ages are catered to?  Coaching is available for athletes U6-U17.
How many sessions are run in a week?  On average 10 different coaching 45min / 1 hour sessions across Mon-Thurs.
How do we sign up?   Provided you have paid the coaching levy you will have access to the online coaching portal, where you can book in your athletes sessions for the coming week.  
Do sessions run throughout the holidays?  No, athletes do need time off and recovery is essential for a healthy body


Stages of Development

Little Athletics recognises that children are not simply small-scale adults. 

As such, Little Athletics is divided into a number of stages, with the desired outcomes for each stage providing a suitable environment for the enjoyment and development of the participant. In combination, the stages provide a smooth progression to lifelong sporting activity, whether at a competitive or social level.

Athletes will compete in a number of different events across a Saturday morning and are guided by their age managers to understand and learn the fundamentals involved with each event.

For more progression weekly coaching is recommended to athletes who wish to develop their natural ability, develop improved technique and train for specific events.


Further Information and Becoming A Coach

Coaching is an extremely rewarding experience, especially when a young athlete tells you through a huge smile how they achieved a personal best. The sense of achievement as your athletes improve is wonderful. New coaches are always welcome. We can assist with coach education and mentoring.

We will ensure that you feel part of the team. If you would like to gain some coaching qualifications and join our team as a coach, please email coaching@ryde-athletics.org.au

The LANSW website also lists coaching courses available throughout the year.


Coaching Team

The perfect blend of experience and youth

Our coaches have many years of experience both competing and coaching their specific event/s and volunteer their time to develop future athletes in a safe and supportive environment.  

This year we have a number of skilled senior athletes who excel in their events and will be joining our coaching team.  They are mentored by the senior coaching team and provide a youthful and fresh approach for our club.

Click on our coaches photos for more information!

Coach Erica

Coach Lynda

Coach Dale

Coach Zara

Coach Elly

Coach Sarah

Coach Jeremy

Coach Georgia

Coach Neil

Coach Simon