Registration for the International Festival of Athletics Coaching now open


The International Festival of Athletics Coaching (IFAC) takes place in Loughborough on 28-29 March

Registration is now open for the International Festival of Athletics Coaching (IFAC) weekend which takes place at Loughborough University on 28-29 March and those wishing to attend can book their places via this link.

The IFAC is part of the Coaching Summit Series which has formed a key component of European Athletics’ coaching strategy since its inception in 2008. European Athletics provides financial support to the meeting organisers and endeavours to incorporate each discipline on the athletics programme into the Coaching Summit Series across a two-year cycle.

The two day programme will be opened by Professor Frank Dick, the President of the European Athletics Coaches Association and the organiser of the IFAC. The topic of this year’s conference is ‘Coaches Leading Learning’ and will be split into two main parts.

The programme on the first day is entitled ‘Coaching in the Digital Age: Being Future Fit’ and the second day programme is entitled ‘The Art of Coaching: Learning from the Best.’ 

Confirmed names for the IFAC include Malcolm Arnold, who has guided Uganda's John Akii-Bua and Great Britain's Colin Jackson to Olympic gold medals and world records during his venerable coaching career, 14-time Paralympic gold medallist Chantal Petitclerc from Canada and Sue Campbell, head of Women’s Football at the Football Association and former chairperson of UK Sport.

A full itinerary for the IFAC can be found here.  

Last year’s IFAC was brilliantly attended with more than 70 coaches from 22 countries - from across Europe and beyond - attending the two day event which features workshops and practical demonstrations from renowned coaches Jerome Simian, Jonas Dodoo, Gunter Lange and Rene Sack.