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Athletic club takes on three junior coaches – and more volunteers welcome


By Alan Hendry


Trophy winners at CAAC's annual prize-giving, with junior coaches Kieran Johns, Erin MacIntosh and Ryan McCarthy looking on.
Trophy winners at CAAC's annual prize-giving, with junior coaches Kieran Johns, Erin MacIntosh and Ryan McCarthy looking on.

Caithness Amateur Athletic Club has stepped up its efforts to help young local athletes make the most of their potential by appointing three new junior coaches.

Kieran Johns, Erin MacIntosh and Ryan McCarthy have been part of the Thurso-based club for several years and will now be able to pass on the benefit of their experience to other members.

And the club is keen to welcome others into its ranks – whether as athletes or coaches or as general helpers or committee members.

The new junior coaches were present at CAAC's recent prize-giving at which some of the most promising young members gained recognition for their endeavours and achievements over the past year.

Club chairman Jamie Munro said: “Our annual prize-giving ceremony in Thurso provided an opportunity for athletes to be rewarded for their hard work and commitment to events including shot put, discus, javelin,high jump, long jump, hurdles, sprints and middle-distance running.

New junior coaches (from left) Kieran Johns, Erin MacIntosh and Ryan McCarthy.
New junior coaches (from left) Kieran Johns, Erin MacIntosh and Ryan McCarthy.

“As well as participating in these events, senior athletes are offered the opportunity of training to become a junior coach. Our recent cohort of junior coaches, Kieran, Erin and Ryan, have been with the club for several years, have competed in many competitions and have developed many skills which they are happy to pass on to junior athletes.

“We would welcome others to join the club – whether it is a child aged eight or over, or in a coaching capacity. If you would like to join the club as an athlete, junior coach, adult coach or club helper then please get in touch.”

The club has 45 members at present across all age groups. Training takes place on a Thursday evening between 6pm and 7.30pm at Thurso High School, and it is hoped to resume Wednesday sessions over the summer periods too at the same venue.

Jamie added: “If someone has an interest in coaching, they do not need to have any coaching qualifications – the club would be willing to support individuals who show a keen interest through the necessary coaching qualifications, in due course.

“Volunteers are always welcome. They do not have to have experience either – they would be guided and supported by qualified coaches who are always present at each training session.”

Anyone interested in joining CAAC should get in touch via Facebook.



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