British Athletics – Talent Introduction Days 

~ Open Training Sessions for Paralympic Athletics ~

We are inviting all new and aspiring athletes to the Talent Introduction Days being held this winter and spring to experience a day of training with specialist coaches for sprints, throws and wheelchair racing. Information will be provided about Parallel Success competition opportunities during the 2014 season.

Parallel Success – the British Athletics Paralympic Program – has seen a huge rise in numbers and performances across all age groups taking part in domestic events. At the 2013 IPC World Championships the GB team included nine athletes making their senior debuts, and one of these was Sophie Hahn who attended a Talent Introduction Day in Loughborough last February before going on to win T38 100m and 200m Gold and Silver, plus a World Record aged 16years. 


Are you the next rising star? If so, we are seeking new talent across all athletics events:

  • Aged 11+, children and adults
  • Sporty background – enjoy PE, athletics, sport or working out
  • Impairment groups including:
  • Visually Impaired and Blind
  • Cerebral Palsy inc Stroke & Trauma
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Amputee inc Dysmelia & Talipes
  • Dwarfism
  • Learning Disability

2013-2014 TALENT INTRODUCTION DAYS (10:00AM – 3:00PM)

Saturday 2nd November BIRMINGHAM Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road,Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2BE JOB KING
Saturday 9th November LIVERPOOL Lifestyles Tennis Centre, Wellington Road, Wavertree, Liverpool, L15 4JE SHELLEY HOLROYD
Sunday 1st December LONDON Newham Leisure Centre, Terrence McMillan Athletics Stadium, 281 Prince Regent Lane, London. E13 8SD JOB KING
Sunday 26th January CHELMSFORD Chelmsford Sport & Athletic Centre, Salerno Way, Chelmsford, Essex.CM1 2EH SHELLEY HOLROYD
Sunday 9th February LOUGHBOROUGH Loughborough University, High Performance Centre (HiPAC), Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU JOB KING
Sunday 16th February SHEFFIELD English Institute of Sport, Coleridge Road, Sheffield. S9 5DA SHELLEY HOLROYD
Sunday 16th March BATH University of Bath, Claverton Down Road, Bath. BA2 7AY JOB KING
Saturday 22nd March MANCHESTER SportsCity, Gate 13 Rowsley Street, Manchester. M11 3FF SHELLEY HOLROYD
Sunday 23rd March LONDON Allianz Park, Greenlands Lane, London. NW4 1RL JOB KING



Coaches will be delivering the following sessions:

  • Sprints & Running
  • Ambulant Throws
  • Seated Throws
  • Wheelchair Racing

Athletes are expected to stay with one event group for the day.

Sessions are open to all athletes trying athletics for the first time or club athletes who are new to Parallel Success i.e. started training in 2012-3.

Personal coaches are encouraged to attend.


Athletes must register for the Talent Introduction Days with the Coordinator –

Shelley Holroyd:


Job King:


If you are new please complete a Parallel Success flyer or online:


If you need advice about joining a local athletics club or finding a coach, please ask! We can also provide information about classification, finding a guide runner or specialist equipment – running blades, throwing frames and racing chairs.


England Athletics Championships now promote fully integrated Parallel Success competition, including Senior, Age Group and Open events. This is in addition to a number of County Championships and Disability Grand Prixs across the UK providing competition for classified athletes. All domestic and international competition results are captured on the Power of 10 UK Rankings.


The Talent Introduction Days include UKA Classification Clinics for athletes with eligible physical impairments, already training with a club and ready to compete in Parallel Success events. Appointments are filling up fast so please contact Shelley or Job asap if you would like to be added to the waiting list. For details on eligibility and classification for Visual Impairments and Learning Disability please visit: