Almost a year ago, Bexley Mencap were lucky enough to be the first recipients of the good deeds carried out by the local GoodGym initiative. GoodGym are a Bexley group who combine keeping fit with performing handy tasks and jobs - running to and from their tasks. Last month Bexley Mencap RunTogether group worked alongside Bexley GoodGym for a session tidying up one of the local alleyways!
The England Athletics Club Portal, which can be used by clubs for a range of functions, now has a new Help Support section to help guide clubs in their day-to-day activities and in making the most of the full range of functionality. This includes how to manage club members, how to utilise online payment and management of club subscriptions, information on queries about the DBS / welfare matters and how to use the club portal for communication with members.
Before Christmas, we held pilot sessions for our brand-new Team Spirit Champions training. These free, fast-paced, interactive sessions will send you back to your club with plenty of ideas to bring bigger smiles to the faces of the people that make our sport happen: you, the volunteers! Here is a flavour of what our attendees had to say about it.
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? It's less than 2 weeks to go until applications close for the Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme!
Bracknell Athletics Club got involved last year as a pilot club for our new Game Changers Youth Volunteering Programme. They have since been supporting 10 young people through their Coaching Assistant Course. As a bonus, the club's Chairman is researching volunteering and has an online survey you are invited to take part in to better determine how to mobilise more people to help support athletics.
A dark January Monday evening at a sports centre in Bexleyheath, south east London. And it's time for Bexley Mencap's regular weekly keep fit session for people with Learning Disabilities. Initially set up nearly four years ago, as a pilot with England Athletics, RunTogether group Bexley Mencap now runs regular physical activity classes specially for members which combines fun with fitness.
We recently held our first Team Spirit Conference which was attended by almost 200 volunteers from across the sport. Among those who attended was Margaret Connarty, a regular parkrun runner and volunteer. Here she tells us about her experiences of the day.
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.
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.