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Coach Profile: Rodger Hughes

by Sam Amend - 22nd December 2011 | General News

Rodger Hughes – Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow (WSEH)

Joined an athletics club in 1984 after watching the ’84 Olympic Games on TV. He had been a huge fan of track & field athletics and can remember watching athletics on TV with my sister as far back as the late 70’s.

After seeing a girl at school run a stunning relay leg on sports day and finding out she was coached by her father at the local club (WESH AC) He was given an entry form by him and has been a member ever since!

After niggling injuries hampered his own progress between the ages of 17-27 he took up coaching and is now successfully a UKA L4 coach and tutor. Rodger then went on to set up Performance Running Ltd after being made redundant at the end of 2004. Rodger spends his time delivering sports in schools, holiday camps, individual athletes, and coaching for the local club WSEH. In addition to this he has have been the Brunel University & Eton School’s athletics coach for the past 7 years.

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The holiday camps he organizes and runs are a great way to introduce kids into the sport and for those already in the sport a great way to learn from the experts as all the coaches on the camps are past and present international athletes and coaches, which have included:

Mo Farah (World 5000m champion) Tim Benjamin (former world No.2 400m runner) Julian Golley & Larry Achike (both former Commonwealth Games triple jump champions) James McIlroy (Irish 800m record holder) Adrian Patric (former Commonwealth Games 4 x 400m relay champion) and many more.

At his camps he has even had BBC’s Paul Dickenson interview an extra special guest star, past celebs have included Olympic champions: Linford Christie, Kelly Holmes, Sally Gunnell and Denise Lewis and even a super special guest, Usain Bolt!

Rodger has a wealth of coaching experience and the desire to watch others succeed, with athletes ranging from 5 to 75 years old with their training, from sprints to marathons and from general fitness.

Rodger still run’s recreationally, but spends the vast majority of his time coaching others like Sam. He is now looking forward to the upcoming Olympic Games.