England Athletics has secured funding from Spirit of 2012 to support you to improve the experience of volunteering in athletics and running clubs and groups across England. We have events on Tuesday 28 November in Manchester and Monday 11 December near Bristol where you can get involved.
Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient and practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club. This month we let you know about the road ahead for Club Matters, effecive use of social media, a volunteer in the spotlight, and new animations which bring volunteering to life.
It's Black Friday on 24th November, the busiest online shopping day of the year, which could be HUGE for an athletics club's fundraising if they are signed up to easyfundraising! It's estimated that over £1.4bn will be spent online on Black Friday - as people, including a Club's athletes, committee, friends and family, plus coaches and officials who help at your club shop online. When fundraising is as easy as collecting a free donation when you shop, if everyone who shopped online this Friday did it via easyfundraising, over £28m would be raised for good causes, including your club!
With 2018 on the way we have published our list of track and field championships for 2018. Our championships page also includes details of other national events and a downloadable PDF of other key events on the fixture list.
Clubs are full of volunteers whose tireless contributions have a hugely positive impact on other people's enjoyment within the sport. How do we best celebrate these volunteer heroes? Sophie Warden shares a new initiative her club Preston Harriers have introduced with the aim of doing just that.
The Brighton Marathon are once again offering England Athletics registered athletes guaranteed entries at their event. They are also offering specific packages for domestic elite athletes, including domestic athlete only prize funds, and the race is also a qualifying event for Masters Athletes to gain selection to represent England.
UK Athletics, England Athletics and our colleagues at the Home Country Athletics Federations welcome the news that the Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has secured ministerial support to change the law on positions of trust to include sports coaches.Our organisations have supported the NSPCC campaign for this change in the law, with the UK Athletics welfare team continually lobbying over a number of years.
The Virgin Money London Marathon have opened club entries and published the entry process and place allocation for the 2018 event.Club secretaries must submit their application by 5pm on Friday 8 December.Applications for a championship entry into the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon are also now open.Runners will need to submit their application by 5pm on Monday 8 January 2018.
We are extremely proud to announce that we are hosting our very first conference for volunteers! Our conference will be an interactive day, with opportunity to hear from leading experts, England Athletics staff and volunteers covering topics from how to involve more volunteers, how to develop and progress within your role, through to how to being more resilient or making change happen locally.
As part of the governance review of the sport the Board have agree to review the purpose of the England Athletics Council Structure. We would like to remind you that we want to hear from people within the affiliated sport who are interested in having a role in this process as a representative of England Athletics' member clubs. The deadline for stating your interest is this Friday.