Press Report: Want to get involved with WCAC?

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club is keen to strengthen its squad of voluntary coaches and officials.

The Chester and Ellesmere Port outfit has experienced an explosion of interest in athletics since the club was founded in 1998 and currently has 400 members.

And the Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based organisation, who cater for anyone aged eight to 98, wants to continue to build on its success by continuing to attract voluntary coaches and officials.

“Coaching remains at the forefront of our work in developing club athletes and runners of all abilities,” says West Cheshire AC track and field officer Dennis Wall.

“West Cheshire AC understand the vital role that coaches play in the development and success of athletes at all levels.

“The club is committed to helping the development of coaches by supporting and actively encouraging their education and continued professional development.

“We have a dedicated coaching squad who supervise athletes throughout the week in a range of events and the training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track attract many enthusiastic members.

“Many of our coaches started as volunteers because their youngsters were already members and they discovered a love for the sport after recognising the rewards of watching athletes improve.

“The atmosphere during any club training session always gives me a buzz, and I’ve always been impressed by the results achieved from our athletes because of the dedication, guidance and knowledge of our coaches.

“Athletics is undoubtedly the most exciting and inclusive sport in the world with events to suit all ages, abilities and skill sets. There are many facets to this wonderful sport and itโ€™s not only about the athletes.

“West Cheshire AC is reliant on volunteers – people who freely give their time to help make the club a success, and we want more people to experience those rewards.”

Coaching is just one of many areas that attract volunteers, and most of West Cheshire AC’s coaching staff are also UK Athletics qualified officials.

West Cheshire AC trio Alan Morris, Sheila Whitta and John Driscoll were all officials at the 2012 London Olympic Games, while Alan and Sheila will be involved at this year’s World Athletics Championships in the capital.

Dennis added: “There are a variety of different roles to undertake being an official and it doesn’t matter whether your interests lies with road running or track and field, because there is something for everyone.

“You can start by volunteering at one of many events and work your way through as many qualifications as you may wish to.

“West Cheshire AC will gladly support any member wanting to become an official through advice and guidance, mentoring and financial support through qualifications.

“So, if you can spare some time and want to become a coach or an official, then please pop along to one of our club training sessions at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track on Tuesday or Thursday (6.30-8pm) or Saturday (10am-12 noon), or just drop me a line by emailing: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.comย .

Posted by Dave Alexander
3rd June 2017

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