WHO IS WHO IN BBH COACHING - Lilly Palmer

Head Coach Lynn Reports:

This week I introduce you to one of our younger coaches, Lilly Palmer, who has competed in athletics in the EYAL and at the County Championships in previous years so has lots of experience to draw on. She continues to train with Stephen's sprint group on some Thursday's. If you have junior members then you will almost certainly have met Lilly and will know her as a friendly and very capable coach for the junior development group.

How long have you been a member of BBH?
Since 2017, around 4 years now.

Which groups do you coach?
The juniors on a Tuesday and sometimes the Thursday sprint group.

When did you start coaching?
2019 with my DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) award, I completed an introduction to coaching course in summer 2019 and coaching assistant course in June 2021.

What made you volunteer to coach athletics or running?
I decided to do it for my volunteering part of DofE and got to know the groups well so decided to carry on with it as well as helping young athletes find their preferred distances and or events.

What coaching qualifications do you have?
I completed an introduction to coaching course in summer 2019 and coaching assistant course in June 2021.

How easy was the coaching course? How much time did it take to get qualified?
The first one only took one day and the assistant course is yet to be completed as the practical day is yet to happen due to COVID but the rest took 2 days (online).

How confident did you feel when you coached your first session?
Felt nervous but excited and soon got to know everyone very well with made it a lot easier.

What do enjoy most about coaching?
Being able to push the juniors to achieve their potential while still allowing them to do what they feel comfortable with, and seeing them progress.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the coaching team?
Once you get to know the members in your group it becomes easier, give it a go!