There is just over one week to go until National Volunteers' Week launches on 1stJune. The week runs from 1st to 7thJune and is a celebration right across the UK of the incredible contribution made by volunteers. England Athletics absolutely recognise that without volunteers our sport would simply not exist and so we have a number of exciting things going on across the week and for the rest of the month of June for you to get involved with to celebrate volunteering and to say thank you.
There will be strong competition across a range of events at Bedford International Athletics Stadium this Bank Holiday Monday as the BIGish Jumps and Throws Fest returns. High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus Hammer will be showcased throughout the day and with almost 200 athletes of all ages entered from all over the country the event looks set for some excellent competitions.
The Senior and Under 20 Combined Events championships come to Bedford this weekend with some fantastic competitions in store. With the disability athletics open events including the likes of double Paralympic 100m champion Jonnie Peacock and in-form Sophie Hahn who lowered her own T38 World Record in Loughborough last weekend they are likely to be a host of more impressive performances in these too.
England Athletics, funded by Spirit of 2012, are looking for between 20-30 people to join us on the first leg of a very exciting adventure! Supporting volunteers, helping them to settle in and feel valued in a club setting is so important and so we're pleased to announce this opportunity following on from our Innovation Day last month, where a group of club volunteers came together to share their experiences and ideas.
Becoming a coach or leader is a great way of enjoying athletics and running. Whether you are an athlete looking for a new dimension to your role in the sport, a parent wanting to get more involved or are inspired by seeing how coaches have made a difference to people's lives coaching has plenty to offer.
We would like thank everyone who has already completed our 2017 Online Consultationand, if you have not yet done so, would encourage you to give your views.This is an annual survey that will aim to collect the feedback we need to inform our work and improve what we offer in the forthcoming year. It is a long survey, attempting to reduce the number of surveys we produce throughout the year. Therefore, the survey will take up to 25 minutes to complete.
On Saturday night, the epic Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000 PB's came once more to Parliament Hill. This time, whilst hundreds of athletics lovers were crowding round the home straight to hear Paula Radcliffe and Lord Sebastian Coe sharing their stories, something different was happening across the track. In between the DJ booth and the bar, Ben Pochee, the driving force behind the event, had arranged a very special thank you. With candles and silverware, 26 officials sat down to dinner in Lane 1 of the back straight, served by the volunteers of Highgate Harriers and some of our friends at Team Personal Best.
As athletics seasons go, they don't get much more bigger than the summer of 2017. With not only qualification for London 2017 at stake for English athletes, but selection for the England team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, hitting the ground running in May this year has taken on more importance than ever.
With more than 800 parks, woodlands and green spaces, Sheffield is already well known as the perfect place to walk, jog or run. Now getting out and about on the city's trails has been made even easier, with the launch of signposted run routes at seven new locations. This is the second phase of the Run Route initiative, funded by England Athletics.
The new affiliation year began on 1 April. While clubs have until 30 June to re-register athletes who were previously registered, athletes ensuring that their club membership fees are up to date will help make this process as straightforward as possible for their clubs.