Meet the Ambassadors

Reece Prescod
Daryll Neita
Reece Prescod

Reece has been coached by Jonas since 2013. Reece was a very talented Junior athlete and in 2017 Reece won the British Senior Champs which secured his place for the World Championships Team. At the World Championships he continued to make his mark and was the only Briton to make the final where he came 7th. This is a great accomplishment as the last time a British male made a World 100m final was in 2009.

2018 was a great year for Reece. In his first Diamond League of the season, in Shanghai, he took the win in an extremely tight race and a great field. 

At the next Diamond League in Eugene, he came a commendable 3rd place and broke the 10 second barrier for the first time, running a windy 9.88.

He then went on to win the British Champs which secured his place for the European Championships in Berlin. 

In an amazing final at the European Championships, Reece came away with a Silver Medal running a PB of 9.96 and gaining his first championship medal. Reece was very consistent this season running four times under 10 seconds and and four times under 10.10.

Daryll Neita

Daryll continued her success from 2016 after winning her first global medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2017, she also added a World silver relay medal to her collection, as well as competing successfully in the Diamond League, solidifying her place as a world class athlete.

In 2018, Daryll came second at the British Trials, also securing her place in the European Championships in Berlin. At the European Championships Daryll gained vast experience, narrowly missing out on the final but finished a commendable fourth place in her semi-final.

 

 


ATHLETE AMBASSADORS

Breaking down barriers and transforming talented young adults into elite performance athletes.

Speedworks Charity was created to address a fundamental issue highlighted by English Athletics (in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University) research paper “Bridging the Gap,” 2011:

“…how do we retain as many young athletes in the sport as we can but in addition how do we develop and condition those to give them the best opportunity to succeed as seniors?”

Research shows that of 513 athletes who ranked in the Top 20 as Under 15s, only 13% retain this status as Under 20s.

Many young athletes drop out of the sport as they reach adulthood.  This can be for a variety of reasons including lifestyle, educational and financial pressures.  It can also be down to a lack of access and availability of high quality coaching and support.

Speedworks Charity enables young, aspiring sprinters (aged 18-22) to access the Speedworks Training System, via a talent development squad.  The Speedworks Training System is an elite speed training system that has been developed by the charity’s Performance Director, Jonas Dodoo…a system that has been instrumental in developing a number of Great Britain’s rising stars to medal winning performances at national, international and Olympic level. Read Case Studies.

Every member of this squad receives 28 hours of elite training per week, for 11 months of the year, at the excellent Lee Valley facility in London, led by Head Coach Marvin Rowe.  The squad also has access to a range of professional support services including osteopathy, sports physiotherapy, nutrition and counselling.

The focus is on developing the full potential of each young athlete’s ability to a level that sees them compete in the global arena, whilst teaching them the life skills that will shape them into well-rounded individuals who positively contribute to the sport and the world around them.  This athlete-led approach ensures that each member of the squad has the best chance of attaining peak physical condition, whilst developing emotional intelligence.  Some of our young athletes have come from challenging backgrounds and many of the lessons they learn from us will last them a lifetime.

A key element of the charity’s philosophy is that those with exceptional talent should not be discriminated against because of their background.  That is why Speedworks Charity squad members pay either a low nominal fee, or a subsidised fee, depending on their personal circumstances.  This is vital in helping alleviate the financial pressures often faced by those with elite potential.

Squad members also have the unique opportunity to be inspired by current, world class Speedworks Training athletes who have also come through the process.  World Championship and Olympic 4x100m medallist Darryl Neita and London 2017 World Championship 100m finalist Reece Prescod are two such athletes who offer mentorship to the squad.  Their understanding of what the squad members are going through, as well as what it takes to be a great athlete and sport ambassador, is invaluable.

The “Bridging the Gap” report stated that:

“Athletes and coaches identified 3 key critical success factors that drive achievement, these are: intrinsic motivation, coaching and the support of family and friends.”

It went on further to say that, “High quality coaching input is widely acknowledged as being the most important external input to an athlete’s development in the sport.”

Speedworks Charity works with those young individuals who have that intrinsic motivation and talent.  We provide them with elite coaching that has proven results and give them all the support they need, as they become part of the Speedworks “family and friends.”

 D: I feel honoured to be a Speedworks Ambassador as it represents being a successful athlete under the programme and also reaching maturity within my sport.

R: Being a Speedworks Ambassador is a great honour for me, I have been part of the system for 4 years and have learnt a significant amount in what it required to be a professional athlete. I feel Speedworks has a clear path from development to elite level and the developing athletes can seek advice and help from the coaching staff and myself.

D: I was able to transition from junior to senior successfully because the Speedworks programme has a good philosophy and understanding in terms of the coaching and knowing what type of patience is needed when coaching and mentoring young people. Also, I feel the programme has mastered being flexible enough to manage individuals and cater for different people in a sporting environment

R: Personally, for me I feel like junior athletics is a learning curve for young upcoming athletes, some will excel early, others will have longer development but eventually you will see an athlete’s true ability. The transition for me was mainly just making sure I completed the training blocks and stayed healthy. We planned our races well and I was able to take all the skills I’ve learnt from training into a racing environment and execute.

 D: If I had not been with Speedworks I’d like to think I would have still achieved the things I have. I’m Sure the route would have been very different; however, Speedworks has been a massive part of my success as an athlete so far and I am excited to continue my journey with Speedworks.

R: I would probably be working in an estate agent.

 D: I feel Speedworks (as stated above) is able to adapt to special requirements of individual athletes which for me is one of the most important things as it is important to understand every athlete as an individual. Sometimes it seems not all training groups or (coaches) understand this concept, but to me this seems why Speedworks has been so successful. Jonas (Head Coach) understands that one size does not fit all and is able to be creative with ideas.

R: Every training group across the UK has different approaches, personally I feel the Speedworks approach is very good coaching and support systems which helps athletes to excel in their chosen event. The training environment is positive & hard working which will keep you motivated.

 D: My goals for this Olympic cycle are to keep improving every year and bring back medals!!!!

R: My goals are to run to the best of my ability across all 3 events (100,200,400) and to medal at every major championship in the next 4 years and beyond.

D: Advice I’d give to younger athletes would be – decide if you’re serious about your sport and if you are, never stop working hard and never get complacent.

R: Mainly just to enjoy the sport, work hard and train and do your upmost to achieve your goals. As an athlete, only you know within yourself how hard you are pushing yourself, so it’s down to you really what happens.

“What sets Jonas apart from many other presenters is his ability to transfer his knowledge of sprinting and its contributing factors to all different sporting activities.”

 

Rhodri Williams , S&C Coach / Welsh Rugby Union

“In many ways it was a great experience. The Speedworks crew is really a great team of professionals with a very human and kind approach.”

Brendan Troost, Werkzaam voor Atletiek Trainingscentrum

“This is a company that simply excels, providing world-class CPD and world-class networking opportunities whilst simultaneously producing world-class athletes.”

Charlie Kay, Lead S&C Coach / Coventry University

“Speedworks has helped injured and young athletes, like Chijindu Ujah and Reece Prescod to national and international title winning performances.”

Christopher Montague, Former Speedworks Coach Intern

“The most memorable time of my life…Jonas helped me win Gold & Silver at a National level”

Sue Van Vuuren, Former Speedworks Athlete
“Speedworks was genuinely a turning point in my career, my most valuable experience was that it challenged me to question the way I saw the physical preparation”
Ruth Waghorn, Women’s Physical Performance Coach, The FA Group