Today we launch the third round of funding of our successful Game Changers programme. The funding is open to all affiliated clubs, RunTogether groups, and Athletics Associations / Networks or external organisations that work with affiliated clubs in England that are looking to make volunteering accessible for people there might normally be barriers for.
The first of the England Athletics regonal Volunteer Awards were presented last weekend during our Age Group championships in Bedford. All 10 East Region winners received their awards on the Sunday in front of their colleagues, athletes, coaches, officials and spectators.
On Saturday 13 October we will honour volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution to athletics and running, and induct more of the greats of the sport into the England Athletics Hall of Fame. Join us, previous Hall of Fame inductees, volunteers and more at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, for this exciting awards evening.
A new 'Mental Wellbeing in Sport and Physical Activity' workshop is now available. This online course was written by EduCare in partnership with Jane Fylan, UK Athletics Duty of Care Lead. It is aimed at those who participate in sport and their support networks such as leaders, coaches, club volunteers, family and medical support staff.
All clubs want to provide a safe and secure environment for their members. This new safeguarding course has been developed by UKA Welfare Team in partnership with EduCare Ltd. Specifically created for athletics, it provides an understanding of what safeguarding is when it comes to children, young people and vulnerable adults in athletics.
Expressions of interest are now open for a new and exciting officials' mentoring project, which initially, will be piloted in the East Region. The mentoring project is aimed at officials who have recently attended a course and would like support around developing their confidence / skills in officiating as well as current officials who would like some additional support to progress through the officiating pathway.
All clubs want to provide a safe and secure environment for their members. To support them in doing this, new resources have been developed by UKA Welfare Team in partnership with EduCare Ltd to help volunteers and staff develop their skills and awareness in the areas of Mental Wellbeing in Sport Physical Activity and Preventing Bullying in Sport.
This Athletics World Cup weekend, in aid of Cancer Research, in appreciation of successfully halting the progression of Terminal stage 4 cancer and the huge support he has received from officials and other members of the athletics family, Paul Rutter will be walking through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a number of his fellow officials, many of whom will be officiating or spectating at the event. Come and support him on Sunday (1pm start) or make a donation to Cancer Research!
As Bexley Mencap's Keep Fit classfinishes, the GoodGym runners arrive to start their warm-up. Every week they'd say a quick hello to each other. As some of the Mencap group started to get fitter, they started to see some of the GoodGym runners more regularly at the Bexley parkrun, and now four members of Bexley Mencap have actually joined their local GoodGym and are not only getting fit but also taking an active part in carrying out good deeds to help their local community.
We're supporting Women's Sport Week 2018! Maxine Robbins has gone from becoming involved in the sport as a parent to being part of the England Athletics coaching team for the Loughborough International this year. The role was the latest success Maxine has enjoyed since first becoming involved when her daughter took up pole vaulting.