Star-struck Manchester Athletics Network has Startrack success!
In its most successful year of enhancing Youth Development the Manchester Athletics Network takes further steps forward to ensure maximum opportunities for its young people.
Manchester Athletics Clubs of Manchester Harriers AC, Sale Harriers and the network itself provided a fun-packed, Startrack-filled Summer reaching over 287 Young People aged 7-15, at club sites and at the Regional Athletics Arena; children took part in a wide and varied programme of athletics activities.
Sale Harriers, who have been providing Aviva Startrack for ten years supported the delivery of the Manchester Athletics Network’s first ever Network Aviva Startrack Scheme the week after running their own successful programme involving 140 children. Here they coached children from outside their own club area and promoted other local community sessions and club which children can further enhance and enjoy athletics.
Manchester Harriers, in their impressive eighth Aviva Startrack Year involved various other initiatives, including QuadKids and the Mile Challenge to their programme to ensure children. They kick-started their programme with a special visit from Jessica Ennis, the World and European Heptathlon Champion. It was a return to her roots as her love of athletics began at a Startrack athletics session when she was aged nine in Sheffield. Jessica arrived at Manchester Harriers base in the early morning, was greeted by our Club’s Coaches and Volunteers and introduced to the youngsters attending the sessions. Jessica shared some of her training secrets with the youngsters and said she hadn’t realised when she started out, at a similar age to them, what could be achieved. Feeling inspired the 115 attendees who took part in the Manchester Harriers Star:track scheme had a great experience with Jess and great fun on the programme.
Manchester McCain Athletics Network would like to thank all involved in the running of the Network's Aviva Startrack Scheme, the coaches and all Clubs for promoting themselves to their local youth community with such a high level of success.
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