Coaching Summit Series

Andreas Hofmann

Germany's Andreas Hofmann gave a presentation and took part in a practical demonstration at the World Javelin Conference in Kuortane, Finland. Photo courtesy of conference organisers. 

In response to the demand from coaches for practice-oriented conferences focused on a small number of disciplines, European Athletics launched its Coaching Summit Series in 2008.

A ‘summit' is both a high place or peak and a high-level meeting…and both senses apply to the conferences in this series. They bring together top athletes, leading coaches and sport scientists at venues where there is specific expertise or a strong tradition in a particular event.

The programme of each summit includes presentations, practical demonstrations, small group workshops, round table discussions and plenty of opportunities for the participants to discuss all aspects of their event with colleagues and stars from around the world. 

The aim of the Summit Series is to cover all the athletics disciplines in a two to three year cycle.

European Athletics works closely with and provides financial support to the independent organisers of the summits, thereby assuring participants a quality learning experience.

European Athletics provides scholarships to help Member Federations send coaches to participate in the summits.

Member Federations are eligible for the Coaching Summit Series Scholarship as follows:

- 400 CHF if one of your coach takes part in one of the Series Events

- 800 CHF if two of your coaches take part in one of the Series Events

- 1200 CHF if a third coach takes part in one of the Series Events and if this coach is a woman

Federations that wish to take advantage of this offer in 2020 should send an e-mail to Yannick Morand ( stating the name(s) of the coach(es) and the conference(s) they will be attending. 

2020 Coaching Summit Series calendar

World Javelin Conference (Cancelled)

Dates: 12-13 November 2020 (next edition: 5-6 November 2021)
Venue: Kuortane Olympic Training Center, Kuortane, FIN
Contact: Olli-Pekka Karjalainen (

European Combined Events Conference (Cancelled)

Dates: 13-15 November 2020
Venue: Sollentuna, SWE
Contact: Anders Rydén (

Discus Conference (moved from 2020 to 2021)

Dates: 12-14 November 2021
Venue: Tallinn, EST
Contact: Sirje Lippe (

For more details on the 2020 Coaching Summit Series, please contact: