Sport-by-sport - Athletics
|Chief Executive||Niels De Vos|
|Performance Director||Neil Black|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£25,148,000|
|London 2012 Performance||4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||91|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Beijing,†2008: Gold (1) - Christine Ohuruogu (400m); Silver (2) - Phillips Idowu (Triple Jump),†Germaine Mason (High Jump); Bronze (1) - Natasha Danvers (400mH)|
|Press Officer||Liz Birchall or Sophie Ashcroft|
|Press Officer tel||0121 713 8400 / 07718 526 363|
|National governing body||British Athletics|
"The funding made available to UK Athletics from the National Lottery, Exchequer and Team 2012 has enabled UKA to contract the best coaches and other support staff such as doctors, physiotherapists, nutritionists and so forth to help the athletes prepare. It has also enabled athletes to train in the best possible facilities on a daily basis and to go on training camps at various places in the world."
Charles Van Commenee, UK Athletics Head Coach
UK Athletics' funding from UK Sport was reduced for the London cycle, to encourage the sport to focus its resources on those with real medal potential for London 2012 and beyond, in line with UK Sport's 'no compromise' approach.
Charles Van Commenee was the man for this job, famous for his ruthless, but highly successful, approach to high performance sport; he joined the programme as Head Coach in February 2009.
Under Charles' reign British athletics has enjoyed some of its most successful championships of recent years, including their largest ever haul in the 76-year history of the European Championships in 2010 with 19 medals, best World Championships since 1999 with seven medals in 2011 and best ever Indoor World Championships, winning nine medals in March 2012.
Thanks to UK Sport's backing, UKA are able to provide athletes with comprehensive coaching, sports science and medical support at one of their two National Performance Centres in London (Lee Valley) and Loughborough (University), as well as their five regional centres in Bath, Birmingham, Brunel (London), Sheffield and Manchester. They also run a number of fully supported and staffed warm weather training camps through the year for athletes and their coaches.
Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello was one of the early beneficiaries of one of UK Sport's high performance coaching development programmes. Toni graduated from the Elite Coach programme in 2009; the programme had fostered in him the skills he needed to lead a multidisciplinary team of experts in performance analysis, conditioning and rehabilitation, who were crucial to Jessica's recovery from a serious foot injury in 2008 to World Championships glory in 2009.
Did You Know?
UK Sport was a key partner to the successful bid to bring the World Athletics Championships to London in 2017. UK Sport will be backing the event with up to £7.5 million in National Lottery funding.
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Next major event
World Athletics Championships 2017
- 5 - 13 August 2017