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EACA President Frank Dick speaks at last year's IFACPersonally and on behalf of the European Athletics Coaches Association (EACA) I look forward to welcoming you to Glasgow, 25 – 27 October, for the now world famous International Festival of Athletics Coaching (IFAC).

This year’s program is an exciting mix the highest quality keynotes and workshops; and a preview of European athletics coach development ideas for the journey towards Rio de Janeiro 2016.

There is as always a world class line up of experts generating input to raising the bar of coaching from personal to national to European level. The programme for 2013 seeks to emphasise the practical art of coaching, while synthesising the science of coaching.  We aim then to equip coaches for getting their decision making right in leading the process of elevating athlete performance.

So the focus is about learning how to be more effective in our coaching role, to deliver on agreed performance and coaching objectives, be they teaching stages for beginner athletes or delivering on the day for elite.

But it is also about affording you an enjoyable and enriching experience in a city preparing for the Commonwealth Games 2014.  And this year, it is a new look experience!

Jamie Bowie and Mary Anderson are already very hard at work to make sure this will be our best IFAC ever!  My thanks to them.

I look forward to meeting you in Glasgow.

Prof. Frank W. Dick
President EACA