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Coaching and Training

Coaching and Training

At RLAC, we believe that training is a complimentary part of being a little athlete.  By participating in our Training sessions, with our experienced coaches, we aim to provide athletes with the opportunity to learn, develop and ultimately improve their skills.  Training has many benefits such as increasing an athlete’s performance and self-confidence, creating a team based environment and over time, can develop an athletes discipline and self-motivation towards training and continual improvement, hopefully developing good habits for life.

Guiding principles

At RLAC, we adopt LAVic’s mission and adopt the Little Athletics Motto of “Family, Fitness and Fun”.

Little Athletics Mission:

  • To develop children of all abilities by promoting positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle through family and community involvement in athletics activities.
  • Through the enjoyment of athletics develop positive attitudes and a healthy lifestyle for our children, families and community.

Coaching and Training must consider a number of key principles that facilitate the opportunity for children to compete, have a go and enjoy athletics, these are (not limited to):

  • Ensure that all children are safe;
  • Help all children improve;
  • Create a fun environment in which children will want to return.


RLAC coaches for our Track & Field season 2022-2023

Our coaching team at Ringwood has continued to build on the foundations created during last season and we have a new Senior coach, Deb Voogd.  Deb has been involved in athletics for a number of years and is keen to be involved in coaching little athletes.   Deb currently competes in the hammer, her specialty, but also has good “all round knowledge” of athletics.  (More info to come).  We are proud of our Ringwood senior and junior coaches and are very confident they will extend the continual growth and learning of our little athletes.

RLAC Training sessions

RLAC has a Senior coach co-ordinator, Deb Voogd for the 2022/2023 season, who will oversee the coaching program and co-ordinate the execution of  the training program with the other coaches.  RLAC’s Vice President Brooke Clarke is a key contact point for any training related queries.  Please email her on, or you will see her at the training sessions.

RLAC offers two main training sessions, with a number of events training on offer, noting the following conditions:

  • Events on offer may be subject to change.
  • Training is offered for U9’s-U17’s only.
  • Note that U6-U8 training is part of the On Track program provided on competition days.
  • Parents must remain at training sessions with their children at all times.

Session 1 – Tuesday 4:15pm – 5.30pm

Athlete warm up – 4:15pm – 4:30pm

Event Training – 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Events on offer – Most Track & Field events will be on offer for training and it will be subject to coach availability.

Middle distance training – John Walker – Starting at 4:15pm Tuesdays

High Jump training – Michael Shaw\Hannah Linnet – from 5:30pm Tuesdays

5:30pm – 6:30pm Tuesdays – beginner level High Jumpers welcome 

6:30pm -7.00pm – Tuesdays experienced high jumpers only..


Session 2 – Sunday 9am-10am

Events on offer – Most Track & Field events will be on offer for training and is subject to coach availability.

Note that High Jump and Middle Distance training are not available Sundays.

If you have any general queries regarding training, please email us so we can respond to your requests.

Member communication

Member communication is critical to ensuring that RLAC can provide timely and accurate information to their members regarding changes to training times.  Times may change based on coach availability, weather or during season break.  There are a number of existing member communication channels that RLAC will use to communicate updates to training times or to serve as regular reminders:

  • Facebook (Private Group, Public Group) – primary means of communication.
  • Website 

Changes to training schedules and\or coach information will be published across this media.

Note that all coaches have had the appropriate checks verified, eg WWCC.