This week saw the first two of five England Athletics Road Running Roadshows take place in London and Peterborough. The events, designed for members of road running clubs, road running coaches and leaders, event organisers and anyone else involved with off-track running, saw members of England Athletics staff outline the various programmes and initiatives that England Athletics delivers for the off-track community.
England Athletics' series of Road Shows for the club road running community begin their tour around the country this coming week. The Road Shows are open to club officers, coaches, leaders and club members and offer an opportunity to find out more about some of the new and existing initiatives that aim to support road running clubs.
To hold a valid UKA licence for coaching (including Coaching Assistant and Leadership in Running fitness) you must have a current DBS check. We would strongly urge all coaches to check that their DBS check is up to date and that their profile has their correct details so that a DBS reminder can be sent to you.
Did YOU #runandtalk between Saturday 27th January and Friday 2nd February to improve mental wellbeing through running, share mental health experiences and removing stigma? Jenny Meadows and Mara Yamauchi did, as guests of Chorlton Runners and Ealing Eagles respectively.
Following a highly successful switch to Prestwold Hall near Loughborough in 2017, the national school Year 5/6/7 cross country finals will again take place at the same venue on Saturday 24 March. This year sees the invitation extended to Clubs who wish to form teams of children.
Saturday 3rd February saw our very first conference for all volunteers in our sport, funded by Spirit of 2012, take place in the University of Birmingham's Great Hall. Volunteers from all areas of the Athletics and Running community came together to grow, learn, share and celebrate with one another at our first Team Spirit Conference.
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? Following the successful pilot stage of the Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme which launched in April 2017, applications are open until Monday 5th March, to support more clubs and groups to involve young people in volunteering opportunities.
British Athletics, in partnership with the Home Country Athletics Federations, has completed a review of the Coach Qualifications Pathway. As a result, and following pilot courses run last year, an improved Athletics Coach Award is being launched.
This winter England Athletics is delivering a series of workshops available to coaches working at all levels, across all event groups. Many coaches have already attended events and you can get involved to help develop your coaching and help your athletes to get more from the sport.
England Athletics' Chief Executive, Chris Jones, and Facilities Planning Manager, Jonathan Lee, headed down to the South West to visit the Devon club along with Club Support Manager Richard Ayling.