Mike Cooke Profile

Mike Cooke

Name:           Mike Cooke

Grade:        Level 4 / Specialist Performance Coach

Specialist Disciplines Undertaken: 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 800m / 1500m, Steeplechase, Sprint Hurdles, 300/400m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus, Javelin, Combined Events and Relays.

Age Groups: Development juniors to Elite Athletes

Training Days: To suit most athletes throughout the week, using a variety of training venues.  Track Training generally on a Tues and Thurs from 6pm – 8pm.

Years coaching: 25 years, with numerous years experience working with young athletes from development to Elite Performers.

Coaching Qualifications and Background:

Qualified Level 4 Sprint Hurdles Coach,

Qualified Level 4 100/200m Sprints and Relays

Qualified Level 3 800/1500m Coach

Qualified Level 3 Long/Triple Jump Coach

Qualified Level 2 Throws Coach

Piloting the new Event Coach Qualifications for Sprints and Hurdles.

Passed the Senior Coach Award in Hurdles (Sprints / Long Hurdles) way back in 1993

Attended both the British Athletics International Course and Junior Development Summer Schools, at Loughborough University. Attended a number of Masterclass sessions in a variety of events.

Lead Coach at the Northwood UK hurdles Academy for 100m Hurdles Senior / Junior Women.

I was the Head and Lead Coach for Spar Sprints East Midlands and the Head Coach for Active Sports Nottinghamshire and the Nottinghamshire Active Sports Coach for Jumps.

Currently an Associate member of the National Coach Development Programme for Speed, with numerous coaches contacts and leads to support athletes of all disciplines.

Awards achieved

2004 – The Strategic Leader of the Year Award – England Athletics East Midlands.

2004 – The Bassetlaw Coach of the Year Award

2005 – The Bassetlaw Achievement through Adversity Award.

Famous Athlete help start Stephie Pywell on her athletics career way back in the Nineties as a multi eventer at Retford Athletics Club; she went on to major International achievements competing in the High Jump for GB.  Advised Jonathan Heggie winner of the English Schools Intermediate Boys 400m Hurdles and Jackie Cooke went onto set Championship bests for U20 women for 2 consecutive years for the Heptathlon at the Midland Area Championships.  Coached numerous young athletes that have gone onto represented their county, area, English Schools and some even went onto represented GB, England and Wales.


Doncaster AC training and coaching for most athletic events is at the Keepmoat Stadium. The Doncaster AC facility is an excellent base for training all events. Many of the young athletes coached have achieved a high Power of 10 UK athletics ranking.

Places are now available with the groups training team for all age groups, for an informal discussion about training and coaching please contact the number below.

Athlete Background:

School Athlete in Long Jump and Hurdles, no local clubs in the town, took up Angling as a Hobby and still into Match Angling when time permits.

Favourite Music: Motown

Favourite Movie: Weekend at Bernie’s II (can’t stop laughing)

Favourite Food: Curry’s (hotter the better)

Worst Job: Cleaning out blocked drains (can’t stand the smell)

Favourite Athletes: Usain Bolt / Colin Jackson (Bolt for sprints and Jackson for hurdles)

Contact Details: for an open discussion about training / coaching please call Mike on Mobile 07890452790 or have a chat at the club on any training night.