In the first year of its existence the County Durham Athletics Network has:
Established a strong administrative framework linking Athletics Clubs in the county, which has allowed member clubs to pool resources in order to develop the sport. This process is continually monitored through the Network Management Group; which has representation from all member clubs.
Seen member clubs create and establish formal coaching structures, where coaches are able to meet and share solutions to practical problems, and raise issues around coaching with their club committees and in turn to the Network Coaching Forum.
Developed a Coaching Forum to address coaching issues within the Network, map out areas of expertise and weakness within the Network to share best practice and identify target areas for coach development workshops and Flying Coach visits.
Seen a change in the club structures.
Year 2 Aims
Consolidate and develop its Coaching programme, with greater emphasis on encouraging the young people involved to join the club. This will be achieved by increasing and developing the coaching workforce; establishing more clear induction programmes for both parents and young people; enhancing the quality of experience by adopting 365 as a delivery framework to young people; more effective publicity strategies and the introduction of a rewards scheme for athletes.
Establish satellite clubs at local schools.
Create a “Network Development Group” tasked with sourcing additonal funding; identifying and sharing best practice around fund finding and writing grant applications; as well as developing the publicity and communications strategy of the network to ensure the Network becomes a sustainable and viable organisation once EA funding has ceased.
Continue the development of coaching the Network through the organisation of coach development days, establishing informal mentoring and buddying systems within the Network, participation in the LCDP events organised regionally and identifying funding streams to subsidise the cost of formal education courses. The Network Coaching Forum will play an integral part in the success of the Network coaches.
Plan and host events to encourage parents and members of the community to get involved in the club and volunteer their time, which will enable the Network to cope with the increased membership anticipated as a result of the various initiatives being delivered in the Year 2 plan.
Establish Run in England community groups both in the local community and integrated into the club training evenings. These groups will increase the adult membership of the Network, generate additional income for the Network, can be used to subsidise other projects throughout the year and in time expand the Run in England programme throughout the County.