Our Coaches

If you need to contact any of our Coaches, please use the 'Contact us' form at the bottom of the page and remember to add the name of the coach in your message.

 
Coach Bryan Clinton

Bryan Clinton, Middle-distance/endurance, Senior Coach (aged 15-20)

Having spent many years competing in several sports at a high level including football and rugby Bryan took to running to regain fitness following injuries but stayed with running eventually representing the RAF at XC and road running.

He took up coaching as children joined Harriers since qualifying Bryan has progressed onto the National Coach Development Programme where he is mentored by senior UKA coaches and in turn provides mentoring and coaching to other clubs on behalf of EA. Numerous athletes coached by Bryan have progressed to English schools athletics championships, XC and other national age group competitions winning medals in several occasions. Bryan's son Nyle is now at Bradley College studying under an athletic scholarship.

Bryan coaches all ages across several disciplines.

 
Coach John Dill

John Dill, Foundation Group Coach, (School Years 6-9), 07949 784019

I currently manage the under 13s & under 15s in both the YDL and Wessex leagues. I run a foundation training group on a Wednesday at which I try to cover the basics of all track and field events, from which the young athletes can progress to one of the clubs Tuesday and Saturday sessions which I also help run. My aim is to make the Young Athlete be as good as they can be whilst enjoying the sport and developing as both an athlete and most importantly as a young person growing up.

What's important to me is that they come along and enjoy the training , celebrate the success and not get too down about the bad days, we all have them! I'm always happy and available to discuss and support how to make you a better athlete. I'm still an active competitive runner myself so I can feel your pain during the down days and know how you feel inside on the good ones! Never forget it's a sport we all choose to do so enjoy it!

 
Coach Steve Sparkes

Steve Sparkes, Under 11 FUNdamentals Group

I'm one of the two team managers for the FUNdamentals group (ages 7 through School Year 5), overseeing a group of volunteer coaches comprised of loyal, gifted parents, some of who are our own young athletes as part of their Duke of Edinburgh programme, plus an official coach or two! We also manage our own competition squad.

I've been involved with Swindon Harriers since September 2012 and recently received my UKA Coaching Assistant licence. I qualified as a UK Athletics Coach in September 2017.

I believe in delivering sessions in a safe, organised and fun environment at all times and my reward is seeing 80+ children bouncing around of a Thursday night with smiles on their faces!

Our group is not just for the athletically-able; it is equally about children having fun keeping fit and to see increased feelings of self-worth develop and to support hidden issues such as childhood anxiety.

My long-term goal is to play my part whereby the club develops an athlete of National standing – given its demographics, Swindon and its neighbouring towns and villages are more than capable of doing so.

Emma Keating

Emma Keating, Joint FUNdamentals Group Team Manger

I am a volunteer parent and work with Steve to manage the FUNdamentals group (ages 7 through School Year 5). We oversee a group of fantastic volunteer coaches made up of fellow mums & dads, older Harriers Athletes, and official coaches. Steve and I also look after our Quad Kids competition squad during athletics events around the country.

I've been involved with Swindon Harriers since 2012 when my daughter joined the group. She is now a competing member of the U13s squad and my son is also now a member of the FUNdamentals group. We have made it a family effort as my husband is also now part of the FUNdamentals volunteer team.

I enjoy seeing children of all abilities having a positive experience during our training sessions and not only develop physically but also benefit from seeing their confidence grow during their time in the group.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith, FUNdamentals Group Coaching Assistant

I'm one of the coaching assistants who help Steve and Emma with the FUNdamentals group, overseeing the many children who attend the training sessions and help with their development in the various athletic events we cover.

I joined Swindon Harriers as a member, in September 2016 with my then 7 year old daughter, who is still with the FUNdamentals and is looking to make the competition squad. Since joining I've attained my UKA Coaching Assistant Licence and very soon look to qualify as a UK Athletics Coach.

From a very early age I've had a passion for athletics and although I never made it past school sports teams, though I've ran many half marathons lately, I see the chance the children in our group have now and want to help them achieve the very best they can do. There's a real delight in seeing the joy and satisfaction on a child's face when they've mastered a technique, be it in running, jumping or throwing. Plus we like to make it fun because sport is supposed to be good for the mind as well as the body.

Craig Scott

Craig Scott, FUNdamentals Group Coaching Assistant

Hi, I’m one of the coaching assistants who helps coach the Fundamentals group on Thursday evenings. I first came down with my son, who joined the Fundamentals group in 2015, and after a few weeks watching from the sidelines, rallied to Steve’s call for volunteers, and was soon helping at the long jump, raking the pit and organizing the kids down the runway.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the kids having fun during the sessions whilst developing both their athletic and social skills, and before I knew it, I had signed up to go on the UK Athletics Coaching Assistant course which I passed in 2016. The course covered all the basics of running, jumping and throwing as well as providing skills in organizing groups, ensuring safety, setting up and running athletic activities, and how to begin to observe, analyse and feedback on athletic movement. However, one of the most important things I learnt, was that children all develop at different rates and in their early years of sport, it is key they try out and develop skills in a wide variety of disciplines. This is why I love the fact that all the Fundamental kids are able to have a go at running, jumping and throwing events.

Having been a keen sportsman in my younger years, playing football, rugby and athletics to county level, and having been coached in the past by numerous volunteers, it is nice to be able to give something back to a sport I love.