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Jessica’s Rio dreams on track after training facility investment

February 2nd, 2016 Posted by News No Comment yet

Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill’s Rio 2016 preparations are on track following a major upgrade of training facilities at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield (EIS Sheffield).


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Minichiello and Ennis-Hill – a winning team

October 21st, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

One of the most successful partnerships in athletics happens to be far from a straightforward one, writes John Wragg for Athletics Weekly.

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Jessica Ennis-Hill wins World Championship gold in Beijing

August 23rd, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

Day two of the heptathlon started with the long jump event. (more…)

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Jess leads the Heptathlon after Day 1 in Beijing

August 22nd, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

Jessica Ennis-Hill ended day one of the heptathlon in Beijing with 4005 points, leaving her in 1st place overall. (more…)

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Jessica Ennis-Hill: “I’m available for World Championships in Beijing”

July 28th, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

Jessica has made the decision today that she is available for selection for the World Championships in Beijing in August.

She said:

“My coach and I have made the decision that I’m going to make myself available for selection for the World Champs ?”

The World Championships will take place in Beijing, China beginning the 22nd August. They conclude on the 30th August. Jessica will compete in the Heptathlon over two days, currently scheduled for 22nd and 23rd. This will be Jessica’s second Heptathlon this year after she finished forth at Gotzis in May.

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Highlights of Jessica Ennis-Hill’s return to action in Gotzis

June 4th, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

Check out the highlights of Jessica Ennis-Hill’s return to action in her first heptathlon since winning gold at London 2012. (more…)


Jessica Ennis-Hill undecided on heptathlon comeback in Gotzis

May 18th, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

Jess Ennis-Hill will decide tomorrow whether to go ahead with her comeback heptathlon in Gotzis after coming through long jump and javelin competitions yesterday.

The Olympic champion finished third and sixth respectively at the Loughborough International meet, jumping 6.16m and throwing 43.88m.

Rival Katarina Johnson-Thompson has already withdrawn from Gotzis and Ennis-Hill, who became a mum 10 months ago, will only go if she feels in good enough shape to achieve the Rio Olympic qualifying score.

She said: “I always knew it would be hard coming back after having Reggie, but the hardest thing has been injuries and wanting to do training but being held back.

“It’s been both Achilles. It’s something that can be managed, it’s not a disastrous injury. I’ve just not been able to get the full amount of training I wanted to do.”

Still, she was able to compete in two disciplines yesterday and described that as “a really good sign”.

Now she will sit down with coach Toni Miniciello and decide whether taking on seven – as well as the world’s best heptathletes – is the smart thing to do at this stage of her comeback.


Ennis-Hill to continue comeback at weekend

May 12th, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

This weekend Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete in both the long jump and javelin at the Loughborough International Athletics meeting. (more…)

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Jessica Ennis-Hill straight into face-off with Katarina Johnson-Thompson

March 25th, 2015 Posted by News No Comment yet

It is nearly two years since  Jessica Ennis-Hill was last seen in competition and it is the great unknown as to whether she can ever be the same athlete again who shone so brightly at London 2012.



The state of British athletics

November 24th, 2014 Posted by Coach's Corner No Comment yet

We have been spoilt for choice with the amount of sporting events taking place this summer. Yet after the disappointment of the World Cup, Andy Murray losing his Wimbledon crown and Chris Froome crashing out of the Tour de France, it really has been a summer to forget for British sport.

So with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow fast approaching, is the state of British athletics any healthier? Who are our future stars, are the facilities up to scratch and are there enough opportunities for children to get involved in the sport?

“The positive thing is there are a lot more youngsters participating in athletics,” says Toni.

“This could have something to do with the success of London 2012. In Sheffield alone I have seen participation triple. I have also noticed more 6-11 year olds showing an interest in athletics. But it is about catering for the demand.”

The London Olympics might have raised the profile of athletics in the UK, but it is important to have the facilities in place to help cope with the increase in popularity.

“There are never enough facilities really,” says Toni. “You could always do with more and of better quality. I’ve been to many facilities which I think are outdated or they could do with a longer stand or indoor facilities. Sometimes it is still be difficult to find an indoor space where you can warm up during a championship. It doesn’t have to be massive, just a space to do some alternative work to prepare for the event.”

An inspiring coach can help make training fun, keep children interested and allow them to unlock their true potential. But coaches also need support so they can continue to progress and gain experience.

“There are not enough coaches to deal with demand in my opinion. The ideal group size for training is around 14-15 people and I see coaches working with well in advance of that. There also needs to be better education and more of a professional route for coaches. I don’t really think the coaching education programme is up to standard and there needs to be improvements at all levels of coaching.”

Next on the sporting horizon is the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and all eyes will be on Team GB’s rising stars to see who will grab the headlines.

“I think the standout star is Katarina Johnson-Thompson. The things she has done in the high jump and long jump are phenomenal. She is the real deal. I think she is the favourite for the heptathlon and already ranked number 1 so she is destined for good things.

“We also have a lot of exciting talent coming through in the sprint. Dina Asher-Smith has been outstanding in the Junior Championships and the things she has achieved at such a young age are amazing.”

Toni’s top tip – Diet

No matter how well you train, the fact is you can’t win them all. Yet it is important you take just as much out of a defeat as you do victory to help you progress as an athlete.

“After a defeat you need to take time to reflect on what has happened,” says Toni. “It’s like a gap analysis. You take a step back and consider what you wanted to happen and what actually happened. Then try to see the differences between the two and identify the changes you need to make.

“It is important to reflect on a race logically and not emotionally. After a defeat many people can be angry or frustrated, but you need to distance yourself from your emotions to see how you can improve. A defeat is a great opportunity to learn.”

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