Swale Team

Coaching Team

Head Coach - Throws and Sprints

Richard Scoones with a level 3 in Discus and Shot Putt, level 2 in Sprints. Richard is also our Club Chairman and is often team manager at league  competitions. Richard was one of the founding members of the club back in 1986. Richard has competed in many championship events, and has recently held the title of Kent Champion in the Hammer Throw.

Club Coach - Hurdles, Distance and Combined Events

Andrew Scoones is qualified as an Event Group Specialist in Endurance and Sprints + Hurdles. Andrew also has experience in the Jumps and Throws events and coaches the Clubs Multi Eventers. Competing since the u11 age group Andrew has had experience in almost every event. He has raced and made finals at the Kent Championships over 400m and 800m on various occasions. Andrew has seen his share of high level competion racing several members of Team GB.

Club Coach - Jumps, Sprints and Hurdles + First Aid

Mat Beech is qualified as an Event Group Specialist in Jumps and Sprints + Hurdles. Mat joined the club after starting athletics at university and has quickly dominated the sprints with various PBs. Mat has also seen his share of Championship events, wining a various medals such as a bronze in the indoor 200m in 2010. In 2013 Mat also passed a Sports First Aid Course and is one of two qualified first aiders with the Club.

Assistant Coach

Rick Hudson is one of our longer standing assistant coaches and has experience in all events, he is a keen long distance runner, finishing in the top 6th at the Faversham 10k in 2017. Ricks bulk of experience is in distance running, with a 3hr 17min Marathon best in 2016. Rick has coaching experience and in sprints and jumps but is mostly seen with our distance runners

Assistant Coach

Carl Beech is qualified to assist any of the club coaches. Carl is now a strong member of the Southern League team. Since joining in 2010, Carl has been part of a league winning Mens team, won 100m Gold at the Kent Vets Championships and run distances up to 5 miles including regular Parkrun appearances. Carl has been guiding our young athletes coaching and has experience coaching all events including hurdles, sprints, throws, distance and long jump.

Assistant Coach

Katie Scoones has been a member since she was an under 11 and has found her focus in the 400m and Shot Put. Katie has seen medal success at county championships and been part of a top 3 finishing Womens team.

Katie mostly leads our long sprinters groups but also leads groups for sprints and throws.

Assistant Coach

Lisa Berkman is a great contributer to our senior ladies team both on the track and in cross country. Lisa has run events from 100m through to 20mile races; her regular is Long distance with impressive 3000m, 5000m and 5mile times. Lisa mainly leads our distance runners but also has experience working with the sprinters and our young athletes for indoor competition.


Track Officials


Jo Bing (Level 1 in Training)

Field Officials:

Paul Williams (Level 2)

Richard Scoones (Level 2)

Carl Beech (Level 1)

Andrew Scoones (Level 1)

Freya Jury (Training Level 1)



Richard Scoones

Vice Chairman

Carl Beech

Club Secretary

Vacant (Andrew Scoones covering)

Membership Secretary

Karen Foreman

Records Secretary

Freya Jury


John Silvester

Press Liason

Freya Jury/Andrew Scoones

School Liason

Suzanne Elliot

Welfare Officers

Lisa Honey, Troy Penfield and Nicole Orgill


Suzanne Elliot

Fixtures Secretary

Alex Stubberfield

Team Managers

KYAL - Lisa Honey/Andrew Scoones

SAL - Andrew Scoones

Sportshall - Vacant

Under 11s - Alex Stubberfield 

Cross Country - Andrew Scoones

Head Coach

Richard Scoones


Andrew Scoones, Mat Beech

Assistant Coaches

Carl Beech, Katie Scoones, Troy Penfield, Nicole Orgill

Additional Committtee Members

None other than those listed above

**Volunteers Wanted**

Swale Combined AC are always looking for additional volunteers. This can be informal assistance to help run the club, help with the annual presentation, set up equipment at training, time runners at training, marshall at events.

Current Course Openings:

We are currently looking for another Coach that will take jont charge of our under 11s and first year under 13s group.

We are currently lookng for additional Track Officials; Timekeeper or Track Judge roles

Swale Combied AC will pay course fees for volunteers and support your learning in any of Timekeeper Level 1, Track Judge Level 1, Assistant Coach courses.

Courses are located in the south east, please contact Andrew Scoones on: athletics@swalecombinedac.co.uk for details

Press Secretary

*Andrew has asked for an assistant to shadow him in the role of Press Liaison. This could be one of the athletes and Andrew points out it was his first role in the Club committee. This is a good opportunity for one of the younger athletes to see their writing in print on a regular basis and can be a good addition to

their CV.