David Rice – Founder of HaWaC
History, Experience and Awards
After Coaching for over 25 years, became an independent UK:Athletics qualified Coach in 2008, and set up Hertford and Ware Athletics Coaching, so as to work with any athletes who need my services, and in that time that has included UK and athletes from overseas. The work of HaWaC has predominately been with local secondary schools, their teachers and pupils, either through coaching work, running of courses, or athletic competitions, whilst maintaining an active coaching role with local athletes at the Wodson Park Athletic Track and other locations in Hertford and Ware, as well as at the high performance centre at Pickets Lock.
Qualified under the old British Amateur Athletic Board/British Athletic Federation Coaching system in early 80s as an “All Events” Coach and progressed to Level 2 Club Coach in 1989, eventually qualifying as a Senior Coach in 1991/2 under the guidance of Bruce Longden, BAF National Coach (North of the Thames Region), and was subsequently appointed his Performance Manager in 1991 which later also involved being the Coach Education Manager for the Region. Qualified as a Level 3 Combined Events Coach in 1998 and subsequently granted Level 4 status in 2004 when acting as East Region Coach for England. Developed own Junior International athletes, as well as being fortunate to work for Bruce Longden, one of the UK’s National Coaches (1990 -2000), whilst he was coaching many of Britain’s top international athletes such as Daley Thompson, Sally Gunnell, Jenny Stoute, Jacquie Agyepong, Debbie Marti, Dalton Grant and many, many more.
After demise of the British Athletic Federation in late 90s, I became Coaching Administrator for the “whole” of the 19 Counties in the South of England (SEAA Region) and eventually Chairman of the SEAA Coaching Committee and a Director of the SEAA standing down after the formation of UK:A. in 2003.
I ran the Coach Education Programme for the whole of the South of England for three years during the period that the BAF was in “administration”, and was also the SEAA’s Development Officer in that time, most notable work being the re-establishment of athletic activities/Clubs, with coaching courses, establishment of Sportshall, etc., on the Channel Islands which has since seen a number of fine young athletes emerge, and was responsible for the appointment of Athletic Development Officers on Jersey and Guernsey.
Tutor at all levels of Coach Education Courses under BAF including up to Senior Level and Level 3 UK:A Combined Event Courses. Organised and run a variety of coaching workshops and squad days for North of Thames Region of BAF and East Region of England Athletics. Developed close liaison with British Olympic Medical Centre (BOMC) and helped develop scientific testing programmes with the BOMC.
Under UK:Athletics was appointed the East of England Rover Combined Events Co-ordinator/Coach 2004/5 and then under the new England Athletics structure became East Region Combined Events Coach and Co-ordinator until 2008. Team Manager for England East Region at 2007 and 2008 UK School Games where I was awarded Athletics Team Manager of the Games. Team Manager, London North Lions for the McCains Inter-City Challenge, winter 2012.