Danielle and Mark Butler are the founders of Hatch Warren Runners. They started the club this time last year and their aim was to eliminate cost and ability from joining a running club. They set up a facebook group and spread the word - and a year later they have 206 members!
Coaching Coordinator, John Delaine, was determined to get Clubmark for his club, Aldershot, Farnham and District this year. His efforts were rewarded and the presentation took place during the club's annual Easter Athletics Camp. It was a very satisfying moment for John and for Club Chairman, Mike Neighbour.
Chair of the England Athletics National Council and Co-Chair of London Regional Council, Tony Shiret, gives his latestupdate.
Over fifty coaches and endurance athletes from across Kent attended an evening with Mara Yamauchi held at Sevenoaks School on Monday 31st March. Most of the audience, tapering for a spring marathon, were keen to pick the brains of Great Britain's second fastest ever female over the marathon distance (after Paula Radcliffe).
England Athletics has been working with a number of partners across the South Area to encourage more people to take up running through the Run England recreational running programme. In the last year 6,488 adults have started running with a Run England beginner group, which exceeds the annual target of 6,000.
The first four of England Athletics' eleven 2014 Regional Club Conferences have now taken place at Doncaster, Exeter, London and Harrogate. Over the past 10 days, representatives from clubs across Yorkshire and Humberside, the South West and London took the opportunity to meet to express their views.
The launch of the PG Surrey Youth Games 2013, the largest youth sports event in Surrey, took place at the Surrey Sports Park, on Monday 31 March, where sponsors and mayors gathered to celebrate launch of 2 months of free sport for young people and look forward to the Olympics-inspired event in June.
Sara MacDonald-Gray is one of Southampton AC's leading Sprints and Hurdles coaches and a former sprinter herself. She noticed that in the U11 age group 59% of the members are female, but by the U20 age group this has dropped to 39%, with only 29% of seniors being female. Sara formed a group including athletes and parents to explore the reasons for this phenomenon and to develop a programme to improve retention.
Over 70 people attended Level 2 Officials' courses in Kent in March and proving that that taster days is a good way of encouraging more people to become officials and supporting the development of existing officials. Attendees included 10 young people who had been awarded bursaries through the Kent Athletics Network to cover the cost of the course in return for volunteering at an agreed number of events.
The first two of England Athletics' eleven 2014 Regional Club Conferences have now taken place at Doncaster and Exeter. On Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th March, representatives from clubs across South Yorkshire and the South West took the opportunity to meet to express their views on matters ranging from affiliation and registration, EA's future priorities, the links between participation and clubs and the competition pathway.