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.
It is a requirement that coaches, officials and volunteers in certain roles in athletics hold a current DBS check through UKA. We explain the importance of these checks and how systems have been put in place to help getting your DBS check done or updated as straight forward as possible.
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.
National Disability Sports Organisation British Blind Sport have produced a range of bespoke tethers to enable visually impaired people to run with a sighted guide runner in a safe and enjoyable way. British Blind Sport hope the sale of this product will help more visually impaired people to enjoy running and physical activity as part of their Find a Guide project in partnership with England Athletics.
In the 10th year of the Tom Pink Relays event, the atmosphere at Lee valley recently buzzed with young athlete teams "Chasing Kelly", "Chasing Steve", and "Keeping Up with Paula" on the track. Meanwhile, others competed in events such as Caber Toss and Highland Steps, as well as more traditional Sportshall events like Standing Long Jump and Shot Put. The Tom Pink Relays also provided great opportunities for new volunteers to give officiating a try.