The end of this month sees the best young athletes in the country go head to head in the England Athletics indoor Under 20, Under 17 and Under 15 Championships on 24 to 25 February. It's a great event that not only provides two days of incredible head to head action, but more importantly it also provides the perfect opportunity to look into the future and see just how strong athletics will be for many years to come.
St Helens Sutton AC's RunTogether group Sutton Beginners took part in one of this year's 140+ #RunAndTalk organised runs. And they were lucky enough to be joined by Jenny Meadows during one of their weekly RunTogether group sessions.
The England Athletics Club Portal, which can be used by clubs for a range of functions, now has a new Help Support section to help guide clubs in their day-to-day activities and in making the most of the full range of functionality. This includes how to manage club members, how to utilise online payment and management of club subscriptions, information on queries about the DBS / welfare matters and how to use the club portal for communication with members.
Before Christmas, we held pilot sessions for our brand-new Team Spirit Champions training. These free, fast-paced, interactive sessions will send you back to your club with plenty of ideas to bring bigger smiles to the faces of the people that make our sport happen: you, the volunteers! Here is a flavour of what our attendees had to say about it.
Many of our England Athletics regstered athletes, coaches and RunTogether members take part in their local parkrun. One local Mencap RunTogether group has encouraged some of its members to take up the parkrun challenge. Matt Lett recently completed his 50th parkrun and has inspired some of his group to also take up the challenge!
Would you like to increase the number of younger people supporting you through volunteering at your club and would like some help to make that happen? It's less than 2 weeks to go until applications close for the Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme!
Youth Panel member Phoebe Harland has written a blog about the latest England Athletics Youth Panel meeting, what updates, reports and ideas were discussed and the benefit of the outcomes of some of the Youth Panels initiatives.
While the US Championships dominated internationally and the British and BUCS championships were on domestically, other events of note included the Irish, Australian, German and French, Japanese, Czech, Dutch, Polish and Swiss championships! On the road, reports from Half Marathons: Hendy Tunbridge Wells, Kinross to Lossiemouth, Wokingham, and Llanelli.
Last week saw the first two of our England Athletics Road Running Roadshows take place in London and Peterborough. The next three take place during evenings this week and there's still spaces for you to attend and find out about all the road running opportunities we offer. Monday: Exeter, Tuesday: Tamworth, Wednesday: Leigh.
Bracknell Athletics Club got involved last year as a pilot club for our new Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme. They have since been supporting 10 young people through their Coaching Assistant Course. As a bonus, the club's Chairman is researching volunteering and has an online survey you are invited to take part in to better determine how to mobilise more people to help support athletics.