Chance to try out athletics skills

Coaches and athletes on the Startrack course. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG210812-17MD
Coaches and athletes on the Startrack course. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG210812-17MD

ALMOST 40 young people who have never had the chance to have a go at athletics before have been inspired by a course held in Spalding.

Of the 38 people who signed up for the Startrack scheme, organised during the summer by Nene Valley Harriers at Spalding High School, one of its training bases, at least 20 per cent of them have signed up for regular training.

One of the chief coaches for Nene Valley Harriers Arthur Simmonds said: “We have been doing it now for 25 years and it is the most successful one we have had, possibly because of the Olympics.

“It’s part of a national scheme to give them an idea of what the different events are, using specially adapted equipment.”

Youngsters aged from eight to 15 tried out various disciplines assisted by qualified coaches, four young athletes who are Level 1 coaches and three 15-year-olds who might one day train to be coaches.