Wednesday 15th November saw a celebration evening in honour of Charlie Kelly winning the Award for Services to Athletics for the West Midlands Region. Charlie Kelly has influenced a number of athletes, coaches and parents, in his decades of service in our sport. So, what better way to celebrate than invite as many of his athletes, past and present, over the years as possible!
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.
No-one could have predicted the snowball effect that stemmed from Nick Taylor's decision to give his time to the Athletics and Running Community. Co-founder of Didsbury Runners based in the North West, Nick has inspired many to take up volunteering through his enthusiasm and dedication. And this year he has been awarded with the England Athletics National Volunteer of the Year award in recognition of his determination.
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.
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.
Our 2017 National Young Volunteer of the Year- Liam Hunt, will be a familiar name to many: Vice Chair of the England Athletics Youth Panel, Coach and Official, 20-year-old Liam certainly keeps himself busy.
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.
England Athletics are pleased to publish our 2017 Hall of Fame and national Volunteer Awards evening video compilation. This was our 10th year of volunteer awards - that's 10 years of celebrating the outstanding contribution volunteers across England give to make our sport happen. On the same night we inducted a number of Athletics Greats into our Hall of Fame. You can view this short video and bring back memories from the night or see what you missed!
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.
Whatever event group, age or level of athlete you coach we have some great opportunities for coaches coming up before the end of the year. We've had some fantastic events already this winter and look forward to seeing you at the workshops and events over the next few weeks.