Barton Athletic Club (Shacklady's Gym) in the City of Salford received £500,000 of National Lottery Funding from Sports England's Improvement Fund towards a £750,000 Project. Barton AC is 1 of 37 projects across England to share in over £12.7 million of National Lottery investment from the 3rd round of the Improvement Fund.
The National Trust's Speke Hall's first Trust10 event took place recently. Trust10 is a free, monthly, 10k trail running event held across selected National Trust sites, aimed to be a concept suitable for beginners and more advanced runners that allows people to run freely a route with no real pressure in getting timed.
Hundreds of pupils from across Liverpool took part in an INEOS GO Run For Fun(r) event as the global running campaign came to the city for the first time - and smashed its 100,000th milestone.
Northern Athletics held their annual open meeting at Trafford on 14th November. We summarise the meeting report.
An endurance symposium is taking place in Leeds on Saturday 14th November - the day before the Leeds Abbey Dash (which incorporates the England Athletics 10k champs). The Symposium will explore opportunities for coaches and athletes across endurance events. A Steeplechase Development Day will also take place at Lee Valley on 29th November. The day is aimed at licensed coaches on the LCDP and NCDP and licensed coaches who wish to develop their coaching knowledge and skills in the Steeplechase.
The Northern Athletics' Officials' Association report on this year's annual conference at Cleckheaton and once again enjoyed a day of entertainment and education. Following the Association AGM the membership relived memories of past Olympics before splitting into discipline discussion groups to share and discuss issues raised during the past season.
Friday evening saw the annual North West awards evening take place . Not only were there many of the North Team present, several National Staff were also in attendance. The evening itself was a fantastic affair which saw a full house (over 40) - no empty seats! And there were 13 awards in total to give out including Clubmark, runners up and winners awards.
When Chris Jones. England Athletics CEO, attended a club night at Liverpool Harriers recently as part of his regular series of club visits, it was the more human aspects of club membership that people were keen to talk about.
Over 80% of people surveyed who are deaf or hard of hearing want to participate in sport in a mixed environment. the biggest barriers to doing this are communication skills. The Sports Coach UK course "Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport Workshops" provides attendees the opportunity to improve their general communication skills as well as their awareness of how to communicate with deaf people.
Mencap Liverpool Get Going running group started in January 2015 for people with a learning disability. Most of its members were beginner runners and some have already progressed to being able to run 3km. Others were already runners but everyone enjoys the social element of making new friends, even the local staff have joined in!