International Festival of Coaching 2020 goes virtual

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After having to be postponed from its original date in March at short notice owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Festival of Coaching 2020 – part of the European Athletics Coaching Summit Series which was inaugurated in 2008 – will take place online this coming weekend, from Friday 6 - Sunday 8November.

The two-and-a-half-day Festival is titled Coaching Beyond Winning and split into seven sessions, each addressing a different theme with presentations by world-renowned coaches or experts in their specialist field.

Among the speakers are: Vern Gambetta, the former director of the USATF Coaching Education Programme; Helena Duplantis, mother and physical preparation coach to Armand Duplantis; Malcolm Arnold, former coach to world champions Colin Jackson and Dai Green and Ans Botha, former coach to 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk.

Friday 6 November

- Delivering Brilliant Basics under Pressure

Saturday 7 November

- Coaching in the Digital Age
- Remaining Competition Ready in a Climate of Uncertainty
- Leadership in a Changing World

Sunday 8 November

- A Winning Culture Starts with a Learning Culture
- Learning in Lockdown
- World Athletics Leading Change in Coaching

The full IFAC 2020 programme is available to download under 'Related Documents'.

“No one can dispute that 2020 has been a most remarkable year. For European Athletics Coaches Association, it started as a year of celebration, marking 60 years since its birth following the Rome 1960 Olympics Games. For the athletics coaches of Europe and the world, their athletes, and all Member Federations, it then became a frustrating struggle to understand and cope with the chaos and danger of the life-threatening Covid 19 virus,” commented Professor Frank Dick, President of the European Athletics Coaches Association.

“But this struggle created a powerful chemistry for us to step up and do what we must to win the game of change in life; and that meant being adaptable, creative, innovative and resilient to turn uncertainty and adversity to advantage.

“EACA has accepted that challenge and continues to honour the goals those original group of coaches that set out to improve the knowledge and quality of coaching throughout Europe. The International Festival of Athletics Coaching now becomes Virtual IFAC 2020, utilising virtual communication technology to learn together utilising one of the few positives to come out of these strange times: the development and acceptance of online meetings and learning,” added Dick.

Registration for IFAC 2020 remains open and is available here.

The registration fee for IFAC 2020 is only €99.00 for all three days and access to all of the sessions online will be both live and on demand. Each session will be recorded and available at the end of each day for attendees to access online.

Access and information on IFAC 2020 is available via the EACA website:

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