Following the Workplace Challenge Midday Mile in May 2015, where over 60 ECC staff participated in a lunchtime run in the park, interest was expressed for a weekly staff lunchtime running group. Working with Run England and delivered by Run Fit Essex, Active Essex set up a workplace running group catering to the needs of the staff.
Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club recently held their 40th anniversary birthday celebrations at Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club. A large majority of current members turned up to participate in a mixture of games and reminiscing about past glories. In his role as England Athletics Ambassador, long jumper JJ Jegede joined in during the afternoon answering questions.
A family games weekend held recently at the National Trust's Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire was an opportunity for visitors to try something new and at the same time celebrating and showcasing some great sports and activities available at Wimpole and through local clubs.
Watford Harriers and Barnet and District AC each celebrated being presented the prestigious Clubmark award by Karen Stephanou, England Athletics Club and Coach Support Officer after eighteen months of planning and restructuring within the clubs
Fit For Sport, the UK's leaders in engaging children in physical activity, has partnered with England Athletics and Active Essex to encourage children in the borough of Essex to get active. The partnership will drive Sport England's new strategy 'Towards an Active Nation' to engage more children and young people and increase participation of the sport.
In the East of the country a number of flying coach visits and open sessions have been set up for coaches to attend to develop their coaching with coaches and associate coaches on the national coaching development programmes passing down information.
Last month, fifteen young sports people sat down to begin the class of 2016 Herts Young Leaders' Academy. During this meeting they were shown a variety of ways in which they could increase their level of understanding and knowledge.
We are pleased to announce that nutritionist Sarah Danaher will be speaking at the Chelmsford Regional Technical Day for coaches. Sarah has a BSc Physiology and MSc Nutrition and Dietetics, is a Registered Dietitian and Accredited Sports Dietitian, with 15 years of experience working medically and in sports performance.
Our Movement Skill workshops take place in the Southern region on the 6th, 7th and 13th February. The workshops will support learning from the Coaching Assistant and LiRF courses and aim to deepen understanding of functional movement.
Precision Athletics are running the first 2016 session of their popular free "Play Days" on 21st February. The EDM is the Electronic Distance Measuring device used by field judges at meetings and this is a good chance to get to grips with EDM equipment in an informal setting.