Ian Clarkson looks forward to this weekend's English Schools Championships...
Daley Thompson is unquestionably Britain's greatest-ever athlete.
The gregarious decathlete became only the second person in Olympic Games history to garner two gold medals in the decathlon when he was triumphant in Los Angeles in 1984.
A host of other medals are crammed into Thompson's trophy cabinet as just reward for this driven individual. Such was his confidence and bombast that he even attempted to embark on a career in professional football once his athletics career had finished.
He belonged to a golden era of British athletics, when Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram were amongst the world's best in their chosen discipline, along with the incorrigible Thompson.
However, like all top athletes, Thompson's school career was highlighted by the ESAA Sainsbury's Track & Field Championships in Gateshead.
The cream of talent from English pupils have descended on Gateshead today to try to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Thompson, Coe, Denise Lewis, Kelly Sotherton, Jonathan Edwards and Kelly Holmes.
Thompson has been running a series of Sainsbury's Future Champions coaching seminars for the best young athletes in the country. With the London Olympics now just six years away, potential medallists for 2012 will be competing in Gateshead and some of the outstanding candidates are based in the West Midlands.
"I've got great memories of the English Schools myself," said Thompson. "It really is a great championship for learning how to deal with the pressures of competition.
"Through my ambassadorial work with Sainsbury's, I've been speaking with those within the sport, and these are the names from the West Midlands that I'll be watching out for this weekend."