SAN 2014 Quadkids Tournament

We are pleased to announce that the dates and formats for the 2014 SAN Quadkids Tournament have finally been agreed!

See below for the dates (all Wednesdays), venues and times. Click here to view the timetable.

Date Venue Time
18th June 2014 – Qualifying 1 YAC, Spectrum, Guildford 17:00 – 20:00
9th July 2014 – Qualifying 2 Walton AC, Walton-Upon-Thames 17:00 – 20:00
16th July – Final YAC, Spectrum, Guildford 17:00 – 20:00

 

Please note there are a couple of changes this year:

1) Following last years feedback, the final shall now take place in the same school term as the Qualifying rounds making it easier for schools to compete.
2) Entry fees for each team (10 Athletes) has now been raised to £60 in response to making all SAN events self-funded.

This poster highlights the age groups and qualifying conditions for the final, so please read it carefully. The age qualification has now been based upon school years 5 and 6 to encourage both schools and clubs to participate – therefore athletes in years 5 and 6 can now compete.

Click here to view the QuadKids Primary Manual if you are not familiar with the primary school format.

As always, all athletes will receive a personalised certificate of achievement and those who achieve the required standard will each receive a Quadkids badge.

Finally – please make sure you register with Stephen Wilder if you wish to participate as there is a limit of 8 teams to each Qualifying round venue. Teams will be allocated on a first come first served basis – so don’t leave it until last minute to register!

Good luck to all teams competing!

easyfundraising

Raise free, unlimited money for your club!

UK sports clubs and athletes have raised over £900,000 just by shopping online with easyfundraising – we want you to be part of this success.

England Athletics have partnered with easyfundraising, the UK’s leading good-cause shopping site, to give you a free and easy way of generating money for your club. If you think your club could do with extra funding to help refurbish your facility, pay for events or help your grant application, then register today! The easyfundraising club is quick and easy to use and there are over 2,700 retailers to shop with and every purchase you make raises money for your club.

The following steps will help you get started:

1. Register your club by clicking this link http://englandathletics.easyfundraising.org.uk/
2. Once you’ve registered, search for a retailer you’d like to shop with such as Amazon, Tesco and or Argos. The retailer will make a donation to your club as a thank you for shopping with them.
3. Ask club members to help you raise money by signing up to support your easyfundraising page.

It’s easy to raise money with a little more support! Once members sign up to your easyfundraising page, every time they shop online they’ll be helping raise money! It’s completely free and doesn’t need any extra effort. Can also be done by members who buy for business. Your funds will increase rapidly if they book hotels and travel or buy office and club supplies through easyfundraising.

Below are ready-made tools to help you get more supporters:

1. Posters: These posters are a great way to raise awareness around your club. Just open the PDF, type in your easyfundraising webpage URL address and print!

2. Flyers: These A5 flyers can be handed out to club members to encourage them to buy through easyfundraising and raise more funds for your club. Open the PDF, type in your easyfundraising webpage URL and print!

2. Facebook and Twitter posts: Copy and paste these posts onto your clubs Facebook and/or Twitter pages to spread the word of easyfundraising to your followers.

3. Sharing images: Save one of these two social sharing graphics and upload it with your Facebook and/or Twitter posts to give extra visibility.club social sharing visual-1club social sharing visual-2

4. E.mail wording: Simply copy and paste this template into your e.mail window and edit as required. Then just send it out to your club members and friends to help gain their support!

 

England Athletics Consultation Programme

Following the successful 2012 and 2013 Consultation Programme’s, England Athletics is pleased to announce its 2014 Consultation Programme which is committed to maintaining engagement with clubs and stakeholders within Athletics.

A series of regional club conferences are being held between March and May 2014. These conferences will give clubs an opportunity to come together and discuss any challenges they face, issues that are important to them and how they view the future for athletics clubs in England. Members of each regional council and club representatives will be leading discussions at each event. Issues to be explored are:

– Affiliation and membership
– Spending priorities for EA
– The England Athletics Online Portal for Membership Secretaries, Athletes and volunteers (including demonstrations of new improvements to functionality)

As each EA region is different, matters important to local clubs as well as core issues will be discussed. Regional topics for discussion will be determined by England Athletics regional councils, so if you have a topic you would like to be included in discussion, it is important to now get in contact with your regional councilors. Possible topics up for discussion are:

– Youth development
– Competition (including strategy)
– Facilities
– Community Participation
– Online entry systems
– Volunteer Recruitment
– Road Racing
– Coaching

Following the club conferences, later this year we will once again offer everyone within athletics the opportunity to have their say via an online consultation survey.

To register for a club conference please e.mail clubconference14@englandathletics.org with your name, club and role within the club. No matter what role you occupy within your club, you are welcome to come along – so all athletes, volunteers, coaches, officials and committee members are welcome.

Dates and venues in the South East and London region are as follows:

  • Wednesday April 23rd – South East Event 1, Holiday Inn, Oxford, OX2 8JD
  • Wednesday April 30th – South East Event 2, Crawley Town FC, RH11 9RX
  • Monday March 31st – London, University of London Union Meeting Rooms, WC1E 7HY

Click here to see the South East eFlyer

You can access more details on your regional council by going to your local ‘About Us’ section via http://www.englandathletics.org/your-area
More information on our National Council can be found at http://www.englandathletics.org/council
More information on England Athletics Consultation can be found at http://www.englandathletics.org/consultation

 

Upcoming Courses

There are many courses coming up in the South Eastern Area for those volunteers who wish to become coaches or officials.

Coaches are very important for athletics. The more coaches we have involved in our clubs the more athletes we can get involved in the sport. The coaching qualifications range from coaching assistant and leader, up to courses for volunteers to become a qualified Athletics coach. There are also coaching courses for Athletics Running Fitness.

Click here to view all the upcoming coaching courses.

Below are flyers that are specific to coaching assistant courses being held at Guildford Spectrum and Winchester Stadium. There is also a flyer for a leader in running fitness course being held at Winchester Stadium.

Flyer for coaching assistant held at Guildford.
Flyer for coaching assistant held at Winchester.
Flyer for LIRF held at Winchester.

Officials are also crucial in the world of Athletics as without them competitions wouldn’t be able to happen. So if you’ve ever pondered the idea of becoming an Athletics official, please have a look at the upcoming courses. With more dedicated officials, competitions can run more smoothly. Courses are available for those who want to be on the field as officials or for those who prefer to be on the track as time keepers, starters or track judges. There are also Health and Safety and Risk Assessment courses.

Click here to view all the upcoming officials courses.

All information in relation to the courses can be found on the flyers and course lists. Any queries, please e.mail Rebecca Turford at England Athletics.

Welfare Officer Workshop

Marilyn Parsons of Guildford and Godalming AC has kindly arranged a Child Protection workshop on Monday 10th March for club Welfare Officers.

It’s important to note that this talk is only available for nominated Welfare Officers of the network clubs and is not open to all. Club Welfare Officers must e.mail Christine Benning to reserve a place.

Thanks must go to Marilyn for arranging the evening and to Active Surrey who have provided a room to host it in.

Click here to view the flyer for the workshop.

Thanks to Active Surrey…

The Surrey Network would like to thank Vicki, Campbell, Lawrie and Suzannah at Active Surrey for working in partnership with us to help support recent activities.

Thanks to them the England Athletics Athlefit Training Course was a success last May. This has now resulted in numerous Athletfit sessions taking place throughout the Network area.

We are also grateful for their support with regards to the recent Diagnostic Day held on the 8th December. Thanks to them online bookings for the course could be carried out which was a large contributing factor to the success of the day.

The Supporting Coaches Workshop set up by Suzannah last year has ensured that our network athletics clubs are now involved in the Satellite club programme. Final thanks to Lawrie who has continued to support our Network and worked collaboratively on the programme of workshops.

We look forward to continue working in partnership with you and hope it can be long standing.


Thank you,

Everyone at the Surrey Network.

First Aid Course – 25.1.2014

First Aid Course Booklet First Aiders are essential for competitions and training to take place in athletics, so it was great to see a full house of 24 volunteers turn up to the First Aid Course held at Camberley on 25th January. Run by Brian from Myosis, volunteers from Walton AC, Guildford and Godalming, Camberley District and various running clubs from outside the network came together to either become First Aiders or to reinforce their First Aid training.

General sports First Aid was covered including how to deal with broken bones, anaphylactic shock, practice of CPR, correct recovery position and examinations of medicinal administers.

Wendy Letheby from Walton AC said “It was a good refresher course.. Not much has changed since I did my initial course, but it was good to reinforce my knowledge of First Aid which helps me feel more confident should a situation arise. The tutor was very good at involving everyone.”

Booklets were handed out on the day, but official certificates should be issued shortly.

Special thanks to Camberley and District AC for hosting the course. Keep your eyes peeled for the next First Aid course date to appear.