GB head coach Charles van Commenee to give Belfast talk

Charles van Commenee
GB coach Van Commenee wants eight medals from the 2012 Olympics

Great Britain head coach Charles van Commenee will be in Belfast this month to talk to coaches and athletes on how to prepare for major competition.

Van Commenee's talk at the Ramada Hotel, Shaws Bridge on 29 September includes a question and answer session.

The Dutchman has set a target of eight medals for Britain's track and field team at next year's London Olympics.

Van Commenee's squad achieved his target of seven medals at the recent World Championships in Daegu.

He has acquired a reputation for straight-talking which included describing the seventh-place finish of Britain's men's 4x400m relay in Daegu as "appalling, unforgivable".

The Belfast talk will be held at the Ramada Hotel from 1830 BST and will conclude with the question and answer session.

Van Commenee's arrival will come five days after Athletics Northern Ireland's annual coaching conference at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown.

The conference's theme will be 'Fundamentals to Olympics' and the speakers will include UKA's Strategic Head of Coaching and Development Kevin Tyler, National Performance Centre Director at Loughborough Derek Evely, Scott Grace from England Athletics and Senior UKA Physiologist Dr Barry Fudge.

All of the coaching conference places have been filled but those interested in attending van Commenee's talk should contact Athletics Northern Ireland's Vicki Kennedy.