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UK Athletics ban over 38 Coaches

The United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) yesterday (04) published names of thirty eight coaches and athletes whose coaching licenses have been withdrawn and some banned for life from taking or participating in any athletics events.

According to the UKA Website, it says, “the UKA take seriously a commitment to providing transparency around case decisions, and will endeavour – where possible – to publish some detail to ensure the sport is informed of the status of individuals. However, there may be times when we are unable to publish if there is risk it will compromise the work of partner agencies, or endanger the welfare of individuals involved in cases. ”

The axe also fell on four athletes including Scottish record holder in the 3000, 5000 and 10,000metres, Andrew Butchart who was suspended for twelve months and fined £5,000 and also asked to publicly apologise to the federation.  the three others include Michael Duncan, Kyle Langford and Mark Edwards.

Below is the table of the updated list from 04/10/2022

NAME

ROLE

HCAF

DATE OF SANCTION

SANCTION

DETAIL / DECISION

PAUL TIMMS LICENCED COACH EA 23/08/2022 1. COACH LICENCE RESIGNED LICENCE RESIGNED FOLLOWING DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE AT CLUB.
DAVID TUNE LICENCED COACH EA 10/08/2022 1. LICENCE RENEWAL REJECTED BY UK ATHLETICS RENEWAL REFUSED BY UK ATHLETICS AS A RESULT OF INAPPROPRIATE MESSAGES SENT TO A CHILD
MICHAEL FARROW LICENCED COACH EA 08/08/2022 1. CLUB MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED
2. COACH LICENCE REVOCATION BY UKA WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT AND THE SANCTION OF A LIFETIME BAN FOR ANY LICENCED ROLE WITHIN ATHLETICS
3. MEMBERSHIP WITH ENGLAND ATHLETICS IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED WITH THE SANCTION OF A LIFETIME BAN ON MEMBERSHIP OF ANY OTHER ENGLAND ATHLETICS AFFILIATED CLUB
DECISION
ANTONIO MINICHIELLO LICENCED COACH EA 08/08/2022 1. COACH LICENCE EXPIRED AND WILL NOT BE RENEWED RESULT OF THE ADJUDICATION
UKA STATEMENT
DANIEL MCFARLANE LICENCED COACH SA 17/06/2022 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE JAILED FOR 5 YEARS FOR RAPE
BARRY CRAIGHEAD LICENCED OFFICIAL SA 06/05/2022 1. SUSPENSION FROM PARTICIPATING IN ANY EVENTS RELATING TO ATHLETICS IN SCOTLAND, IN ANY CAPACITY, FOR A PERIOD OF 2 YEARS
2. THAT BEFORE THE RESPONDENT CAN RETURN TO ANY FORM OF PARTICIPATION IN ATHLETICS IN SCOTLAND, HE MUST COMPLETE A SUITABLE PROGRAMME OF TRAINING AND EDUCATION AIMED AT ADDRESSING THE MATTERS THAT FORM THE SUBJECT OF THE CHARGES WHICH THE RESPONDENT HAS BEEN FOUND TO HAVE BREACHED
3. A WARNING AS TO HIS FUTURE CONDUCT
4. UK ATHLETICS HAS WITHDRAWN THE RESPONDENT’S OFFICIALS LICENCE
DECISION
MICHAEL DUNCAN ATHLETE EA 06/04/2022 1. BARRED PERMANENTLY FROM ANY AND ALL ATHLETICS. SENTENCED TO 2 YEARS IMPRISONMENT ON 25TH NOVEMBER 2021.  PLACED ON THE SEX OFFENDERS REGISTER FOR 10 YEARS
• ENGAGING IN SEXUAL COMMUNICATION WITH A CHILD
• ATTEMPTING TO CAUSE/INCITE A GIRL AGED 13-15 TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY,
• CAUSING A CHILD TO WATCH/LOOK AT AN IMAGE OF SEXUAL ACTIVITY
• MAKING AN INDECENT PHOTOGRAPH OR PSEUDO-PHOTOGRAPH OF A CHILD
• POSSESSING EXTREME PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL
MATTHEW LUMM LICENCED OFFICIAL EA 30/03/2022 1. BARRED PERMANENTLY FROM ANY AND ALL ATHLETICS AND SPECIFICALLY, HE IS BARRED PERMANENTLY FROM HOLDING OR OBTAINING A UK ATHLETICS LICENCE AND BARRED PERMANENTLY FROM OPERATING IN THE POSITION OF AN UNQUALIFIED LEADER OR HELPER DECISION OF A UKA SAFEGUARDING PANEL FOLLOWING CASE REVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF RISK AND HARM
GERALD BABBIDGE LICENCED OFFICIAL EA 25/03/2022 1. MEMBERSHIP OF ATHLETICS CLUB TERMINATED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
2. TECHNICAL OFFICIALS LICENCE REVOKED BY UK ATHLETICS
3. LIFETIME BAN FROM HOLDING ANY LICENCED ROLE WITHIN ATHLETICS WITH A MINIMUM TARIFF OF 5 YEARS
4. MEMBERSHIP OF ENGLAND ATHLETICS TERMINATED
5. LIFETIME BAN ON MEMBERSHIP OF ANY OTHER ENGLAND ATHLETICS AFFILIATED CLUB
6. LIFETIME SUSPENSION FROM COMPETITION.
DECISION
JOHN LEES LICENCED COACH SA 17/11/2021 1. LICENCE WITHDRAWN PERMANENTLY UKA STATEMENT
ERIC SIMPSON LICENCED COACH SA 06/10/2021 1. LICENCE WITHDRAWN PERMANENTLY
2. PERMANENTLY BARRED FROM ALL ATHLETICS ACTIVITY
JAILED FOR 8 YEARS FOR RAPE AND SERIOUS SEXUAL OFFENCES AGAINST TEENAGE GIRLS
CHRIS KING LICENCED COACH SA 20/07/2021 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 22/03/2022
LICENCE WAS RETURNED ON 21/06/22 FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF REQUIRED TRAINING
ANDREW BUTCHART ATHLETE SA 10/07/2021 1. RECEIVED A 12-MONTH SUSPENSION FROM ATHLETICS (SUSPENDED FOR A PERIOD OF 24 MONTHS)
2. FINED £5,000
3. RECEIVED A WARNING AS TO FUTURE CONDUCT
4. ORDERED TO PROVIDE A PUBLIC APOLOGY TO UKA
UKA STATEMENT
LIAM HALLOWS LICENCED COACH EA 14/09/2020 1. LICENCE RESTRICTED – CAN ONLY COACH ATHLETES OVER 18
2. CAN NOT RETURN TO COACHING AT HIS CURRENT CLUB FOR 12 MONTHS AND THEN ONLY WITH CONSENT
DECISION
JOHN LESLIE HOSKER LICENCED COACH EA 07/01/2020 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE
2. EXPELLED FROM CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY
DECISION
SHANE ODIE LICENCED COACH SA 03/12/2019 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE
2. EXPELLED FROM CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY
DECISION
PHILLIP ANDREW BANNING LICENCED COACH WA 03/12/2019 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE
2. EXPELLED FROM CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY
DECISION
STEPHEN PASCOE LICENCED COACH EA 27/08/2019 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED DECISION
KYLE LANGFORD ATHLETE EA 23/07/2019 1. RECEIVED A FORMAL (AND FINAL WARNING) REPRIMAND ENTERED ON HIS RECORD
2. DISCIPLINARY SANCTION ENTRY ON UKA WEBSITE
3. RECEIVED £1,000 FINE, TO BE DONATED TO CHARITY
4. ONE DAY OF ATHLETICS COMMUNITY SERVICE – TO BE SERVED ASSISTING AT AN ATHLETICS EVENT WITH JUNIOR ATHLETES.
DECISION
DANIEL NOELKEN LICENCED COACH EA 17/06/2019 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED DECISION
KENNETH MILTON LICENCED COACH SA 10/06/2019 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED DECISION
PETER GRAHAM BROWN LICENCED COACH EA 19/02/2019 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE
2. EXPELLED FROM CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY
DECISION
GEOFFREY BAYLES LICENCED COACH EA 18/02/2019 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED DECISION
PETER GRAHAM WELLS LICENCED COACH
TECHNICAL OFFICIAL
EA 09/01/2019 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE
2. EXPELLED FROM CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY
DECISION
DAVID KEITH BILLIARD LICENCED COACH EA 25/07/2018 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE
2. EXPELLED FROM CLUB MEMBERSHIP IN PERPETUITY
DECISION
MALCOLM BLACKMORE LICENCED COACH EA 12/09/2017
AMENDED
12/03/2018
1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE DECISION
DAVID BILLINGTON LICENCED COACH EA 12/09/2017 AMENDED 12/03/2018 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE DECISION
ALASTAIR ABRAMS LICENCED COACH EA 12/09/2017 AMENDED 12/03/2018 1. BANNED FROM HOLDING ANY UKA LICENCE FOR LIFE DECISION
A.N. OTHER LICENCED OFFICIAL 14/03/2017 1. LICENCE WITHDRAWN WHILST NOTING SERVICE PROVIDED OVER MANY YEARS
2. UKA WILL WORK WITH THE OFFICIAL TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE SUITABLE ACTIVITY IN THE SPORT
DECISION
ADAM TOFIED LICENCED COACH EA 24/11/2015 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 24/08/2018
TIM SNOWDON LICENCED COACH EA 08/04/2015 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 12/02/2033
JAMIE OSBORNE LICENCED COACH EA 07/04/2015 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 03/03/2034
JP LAMARQUE LICENCED OFFICIAL FRN 07/04/2015 1. WITHDRAWAL OF OFFICIAL LICENCE FOLLOWING RESIGNATION
DANIEL BUNN LICENCED COACH EA 20/08/2014 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 20/08/2034
ROGER DEVLIN LICENCED COACH EA 15/10/2013 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 26/11/2018
GEORGE SKAFIDAS LICENCED COACH EA 12/08/2013 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
2. DATA LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 12/08/2018
UKA STATEMENT
ALLAN THOMAS ELLIS LICENCED COACH WA 25/07/2012 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
ALLAN THOMAS ELLIS LICENCED OFFICIAL WA 25/07/2012 1. WITHDRAWAL OF OFFICIAL LICENCE
MARK EDWARDS ATHLETE EA 09/06/2011 1. RECEIVED THREE YEAR SUSPENSION FOLLOWING UK ANTI-DOPING CONFIRMATION OF AN ANTI-DOPING RULE VIOLATION UKA STATEMENT
ANDREW EDWARDS LICENCED COACH EA 31/03/2009 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
IAN DAVID PUDGE LICENCED COACH EA 10/09/2009 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
KENNETH PHILLIPS LICENCED OFFICIAL SA 10/09/2008 1. WITHDRAWAL OF OFFICIAL LICENCE
SIMON RICHARDSON LICENCED COACH EA 14/12/2007 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE
JASON CROOK LICENCED COACH EA 11/04/2007 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED
DAVID COTTAM LICENCED COACH EA 11/04/2007 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED
JOHN HOUGHTON LICENCED COACH EA 18/01/2007 1. COACH LICENCE NOT RENEWED
2. DATE LICENCE MAY BE REAPPLIED (SUBJECT TO REINSTATEMENT CONDITIONS WHERE APPLICABLE) ON 13/12/2013
MARTYN MINTER LICENCED COACH EA 05/12/2006 1. WITHDRAWAL OF COACH LICENCE

 

Müller ends sponsorship with UK Athletics

Commercial partnership between dairy products company and UKA draws to a close after seven years

UK Athletics is looking for a new title sponsor for its major events after Müller decided not to renew its sponsorship deal with the governing body.

The company, which produces yogurts and desserts, have supported the British Athletics event series since 2016 as title sponsors to events such as Diamond League fixtures in the UK and the annual indoor grand prix in Birmingham.

In 2020 Müller extended its support through to 2022 but has decided not to renew into 2023 which means the governing body will be searching for a main sponsor, whereas the eye-catching television adverts featuring athletes like Laura Muir, Hannah Cockroft and Katarina Johnson-Thompson promoting Müller products will end.

Hannah Cockroft (Müller)

Jack Buckner, the new chief executive of UKA, said: “We’d like to thank Müller for their support of our events over the years and the commitment they showed to athletics. They have shown great enthusiasm and have creatively engaged with all parts of the sport through supporting our events and we wish them well.

“For what was originally a commitment made to last the summer of 2016, the fact that it grew to an eventual seven year collaboration shows the value the sport brings to partners.

“We will of course be seeking new partners for our events and the wider sport knowing that athletics continues to offer a strong return on investment. We are excited for our event series in 2023 with a return to the London Stadium already announced and will be announcing our other fixtures soon.”

Müller Birmingham Diamond League (Mark Shearman)

UK Athletics has a good history of securing major sponsors but they all naturally run their course and finish at some stage. In the run-up to London 2012 the sport signed insurance company Aviva (also known as Norwich Union and CGU) in what was, at the time, the biggest sponsorship deal in British sport outside football.

But along with other sponsors like McCain, Aviva ended their support after the 2012 Games. Other supporters of the sport in recent years include Sainsbury’s and, more recently, Spar.

 

Source: athleticsweekly.com

Christian Malcolm sacked as UKA head coach

Christian Malcolm has been sacked as head coach of UK Athletics amid further turmoil at the under-fire governing body.

The former sprinter will remain in his post through the congested summer of three major championships, but will then leave following a difficult tenure. Sportsmail understands Stephen Maguire, who was controversially overlooked in favour of Malcolm in September 2020, is favourite to step in to a new technical director role.

He will carry on in the position until the European Championships in Munich in August but after this a new structure is being introduced with the appointment of a new technical director to head up the World Class Performance Programme together with more coaching support for event-specific groups, greater financial investment into personal coaches of Lottery-funded athletes and a focus on a new ‘athlete performance and technical innovation centre’.

“Unfortunately given all the changes we need to make and the greater prioritisation for investment into personal coaches, the Olympic head coach role does not sit within the revised structures,” said UKA interim chief executive Mark Munro. “However, we have made a commitment to work with Christian over the summer with the potential for exploring other roles within the structure to enable us to maintain his involvement with UKA.”

Malcolm, who began the job in the autumn of 2020, said: “I am very disappointed to hear about the news but understand the rationale around this decision. My priority now is to continue working in the same way, maintaining professionalism and doing my job throughout the summer. I am fully focused on supporting our athletes and coaches, during this extremely busy summer for our sport.

“We have some incredibly talented athletes – some of whom have ambitious aims to compete across three major championships this summer. I’m looking forward to seeing them compete and supporting those individuals towards the World and European Championships, as well as representing their home nations during the Commonwealth Games.”

The former sprinter, who competed for Great Britain & Northern Ireland at four Olympic Games and won world, European and Commonwealth medals, was previously head of performance and coaching at Athletics Australia before moving back to Britain to work for UKA.

Munro added: “We are extremely grateful and appreciative to Christian for his time and efforts as well as his commitment and professionalism during his time as head coach.

“Taking on board a role during a pandemic and the associated challenges that brings – alongside staffing and structure changes – has been incredibly challenging. He has worked hard to steady the ship and continued to be professional throughout.”

UKA say the appointment of a new technical director is imminent and the successful candidate will start the role in September.

Seb Coe insists athletics must stay at London Stadium

Seb Coe insists elite athletics needs to stay at London Stadium amid talks UK Athletics (UKA) could relocate its major events to Birmingham.

There will be no top-flight athletics at the former Olympic Stadium this summer in what is the 10-year anniversary of London 2012.

And discussions have begun between the stadium owners and UKA about a multi-million-pound payout to bring a premature end to the 50-year deal to host athletics at the venue.

World Athletics boss Coe, who was also the mastermind behind London 2012, said: “We want to keep a world-class track-and-field facility in London. I want London to remain a stopping point for international athletics.”

Should the deal to host athletics at London Stadium end, there is no other viable option for elite athletics in the capital. Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which used to host such events prior to London 2012, has become increasingly neglected.

And were London to lose an elite athletics foothold, Coe said: “I’m very clear, we have to maintain, we should maintain a really world-class presence for track and field in London. It would be bizarre not to.”

The London Stadium has hosted the annual Anniversary Games – the UK’s leg of the Diamond League – in recent years as well as the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

And Coe warned that it might be harder to attract major events to the UK in future without it as a viable athletics venue.

“I think we have to recognise that the quality, the natural assets that London has in an Olympic stadium are still an attraction,” he said. “It’s a big asset, of course it’s a big asset.”

The former middle-distance runner said he had held brief discussions with both those at Queen Elizabeth Park and UKA but said he had no immediate intention to intervene in any future talks.

“I’m not going to speculate on that because I don’t know,” he said. “I’m sure that if UKA felt that I could be useful in that process, I’m of course happy to be. But nobody has actually spoken to me about that yet. I’m going to let this follow its natural course.”

Source: standard.co.uk

Coach John Lees banned for lifetime

A British athletics coach has been banned for life for sexual misconduct John Lees was found guilty of five charges and he admitted to other counts.

The independent appeal committee, chaired by Jane Mulcahy QC, found him guilty of five charges relating to his misconduct towards athletes.

An additional two charges were admitted by Lees, who was based in Edinburgh.

The panel concluded: “We are left with the view that [Lees] habitually behaved inappropriately, had disregard for the rules and, as we have already noted, had no idea of boundaries.”

Scottish cross-country champion Mhairi Maclennan was one of the athletes to testify against Lees.

Waiving her right to anonymity, she said: “For me, today marks what I hope to be the end of a very long journey.

“This experience has certainly tested me in ways I never imagined possible. I’m immensely proud of all the athletes that have spoken up in this case, and I stand with all athletes, past and present, from our group.

“I hope that our story helps to change the narrative and sets a precedent that athletes will no longer suffer in silence.”

Lees had appealed against the decision in February to ban him from coaching and also against the length.

On Thursday, charges against Lees were found proven by the appeal panel of sexual touching, making a sexualised comment to a female athlete, endangering an athlete’s safety by “causing injury by administering a chiropractic adjustment” and providing chiropractic adjustments while not being appropriately qualified.

The further charges admitted by Lees related to massaging an athlete at his home address when she was under 18, and making inappropriate and sexualised comments to athletes in his training group.

British athletics John Lees (pictured) has been given a life ban for sexual misconduct

UK Athletics’ (UKA) submission to the appeal panel said: “[Lees] has shown a blatant disregard for the rules and an insistence on doing things his way… he could not even acknowledge that what he did was wrong.”

The panel concluded that his conduct was “very serious”.

It added: “Further, we are very troubled by his attitude and his continuing failure… to take any responsibility or to accept his conduct was wanting in any way.

“Our unanimous view is that [his] conduct and failure to accept any need for change renders him untrustworthy and unsuitable to work as a UKA licensed coach now or in the future.

“We have therefore decided that the appropriate sanction is the permanent withdrawal of [his] UKA coaching licence.”

The panel concluded: ‘We are left with the view that he habitually behaved inappropriately, had disregard for the rules and, as we have already noted, had no idea of boundaries.’

The UKA’s interim chief executive, Mark Munro, said: ‘We are pleased with the decision by the panel.

‘Athletics cannot tolerate the type of behaviour highlighted in this case. This decision shows that the welfare is at the front and centre of UK Athletics’ and at the heart of what we stand for.’

Ian Beattie appointed chair of UK Athletics

Former chair of Scottish Athletics gets top job at UKA as he replaces Nic Coward

Ian Beattie will succeed Nic Coward as chair of UK Athletics. The former chair of Scottish Athletics will begin his role in October and will oversee a governing body which is run by chief executive Jo Coates.

UKA say the search for a successor to Coward was “specifically designed to attract a pool of diverse candidates” and there was speculation that someone from outside of athletics might get the role. But instead it has gone to a man who has a rich history in the sport, in addition to being a chartered accountant and chief operating officer of Lindsays Solicitors.

Beattie is a member and endurance coach of Harmeny Athletics Club in Edinburgh and has previously been a member of Portobello, Strathearn Harriers, Central AC and Troon Tortoises, serving on the committee of most of those clubs.

He is race director of the West Highland Way Race – having completed the ultra running event eight times – and has completed more than 100 marathons and 100 half marathons.

Beattie takes over at a difficult time for the sport, amid reports of disillusionment among a number of Britain’s best known athletes. He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the chair position at UK Athletics. It is an exciting time to be taking on the role and I look forward to helping the organisation provide a positive environment for athletes, coaches, officials and everyone else involved in the sport.

“Having previously chaired one of the home country athletics federations, I recognise the importance of all the athletics bodies in the UK working together, with each of us performing our roles to the highest possible standard.

“My vision is for athletics to be a sport where everyone pulls in the same direction and feels proud to be part of the athletics family in the UK. It is encouraging that the structures are now in place to allow that to happen, and I look forward to helping UKA play its part in achieving this in the years ahead.”

Source: athleticsweekly.com