WCAC Newsletter #299, 13-11-20

INVITE TO VIRTUAL CLUB AGM

On Monday 30th November at 7.30pm

The Club will be holding the AGM meeting via Zoom this year. We’d encourage as many members as possible to attend – you have to be present at the meeting to vote, so we really do need your involvement. 
Please e-mail club secretary, Clare, for a link to the Zoom meeting at: clareangell2@hotmail.com

Full details are in this notice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Many happy returns to the following Club members who celebrate their birthdays this week:

Carys Manson, Liam Farrell, Don James, Joseph Pryor, Dave Alexander, Emma Bradley, Skyla Coleman, Jack England, Richard Farley, Thomas Staples-Deva, Toby Adesunloye, Nancy Collins, Leo Anstey, Greg Jones, Jon Park, Steve Hillier, Heather McLintock, Paul Morrison, Hannah Jones.

And Next Week: Samuel Kantenga, Francesca Pughe, Bella Khanijay, Evie Tresize, Ruby Wisbey, Zak Ireland, Beth Manson, Rowen Bateman, Ellen Maxwell.

MANY CONGRATULATIONS!

Glenys Potter is now officially a grandmother! Her daughter, Bryony, gave birth to 7lbs 7oz Jacob John on Tuesday. Glenys said: “Bryony had a rough time of it and is exhausted (way beyond several 400m Finals!!) but is in good spirits and the baby is doing great.”

HELP AND SUPPORT IN LOCKDOWN

West Cheshire AC want to help you stay physically and mentally fit and safe in lockdown so that we can all come out the other side in the best possible shape.

Please remember that Dennis is only a phone call away if you need to chat on 07968 643038, and he’ll do his best to keep you informed and entertained by producing this weekly Club Newsletter.

But he needs you to let him know how you are getting on and what you are doing to keep yourself safe and to keep in good physical and mental condition, so please email me your ideas and suggestions to keep everyone in touch at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

Many thanks to Glenys Potter for the following joke which helped bring a smile to my face…

A PROPER YORKSHIRE JOKE: Daley Thompson, Tessa Sanderson, and Steve Cram are all round at Seb Coe’s house for tea. Steve brought the fish, Tessa brought the chips, Daley brought the mushy peas and Seb provided the salt and vinegar. Suddenly there is a knock at the door so Seb gets up to answer. “Who is it?”, asks everyone in unison, “It’s Fatima wi t’bread!”

COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY UPDATE

Cheshire County Athletics Association is hoping to organise a county cross-country championships this winter.

Officials from around the county are working hard to put arrangements and agreements in place so that a fixture can be held in January or February.

Cheshire AA has already received permission from the landowner of Betley Farm, in Staffordshire, to use his premises for the event.

ENGLISH NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY UPDATE

English Cross-country Association will assess no later than the end of December whether the 2021 National Championships can be held, dependent on restrictions imposed by the Government and England Athletics.

The English National Cross-country Championships has only ever been cancelled during the two World Wars and the 2021 fixture is scheduled to be held on Saturday, March 6, at Parliament Hill, London.

REVISED ENGLAND ATHLETICS GUIDANCE

Following the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 restrictions and the publication of bespoke instructions from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), England Athletics has revised the current guidance for athletics and running. Despite lobbying DCMS for certain exemptions, this new guidance will apply from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

The latest list of coaching webinars covers the following topics: Youth Development Networking Group (Mon 16 Nov 6PM), Mastering the fundamentals – Javelin throwing in clubs (Thu 19 Nov 8PM). If you’re interested, then simply sign up here.

On Friday 20th November 8PM, Britain’s past and present British record holders in the Pole Vault will join a coaching webinar. Nick Buckfield from the 1990’s, Steve Lewis from the 00’s and now Harry Coppell in 2020 will all be joining in. This is a unique opportunity which anyone can join from the comfort of your own homes. Sign up here.

LATEST ENGLAND ATHLETICS PODCAST

The latest England Athletics podcast is out now. The podcast features 23-year-old British javelin thrower Harry Hughes who says he is ‘blown away’ by public support after successfully raising £5,000 through crowdfunding to pay for surgery on his elbow. Last year Harry became the first Brit to throw a javelin over 80 metres since 2012, but he has had to overcome a number of injuries.

The podcast also features England Athletics’ Head of Coaching & Athlete Development Martin Rush, & Competition Partnerships & Innovation Manager, Nichola Skedgel who provide a coronavirus update, looking back on 2020, discussing guidelines and looking ahead to plans for XC and indoor competitions over the next six months.

To listen, click here (available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts).

ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

New dates for online Level 1 Officials courses: Level 1 Starter (Sunday 1 November 10AM or Thursday 12 November 10AM) and Level 1 Field Judge (Tuesday 10 November 10AM or Thursday 26 November 10AM). Take your first step on the pathway to becoming qualified athletics official!

Don’t miss out, click here to find out more and book online.

COACH IN RUNNING FITNESS COURSE

Are you a qualified Leader in Running Fitness (LiRF) and looking to step up to a Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF)? If so, check out the new dates for England Athletics’ LiRF-CiRF online workshops. The dates are: Tuesday 10 November (6-8PM), Sunday 22 November (3-5PM), Tuesday 1 December (6-8PM) & Tuesday 8 December (6-8PM). 2hr/£20. To find out more and book online please click here.

The workshop is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn the detail of the pathway towards becoming a coach before they enroll on the full Coach in Running Fitness qualification.

Please get in touch with Club Coaching Co-Ordinator, Dennis, if you do book on the course at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

 PLEASE HELP OUR CLUB WHEN YOU SHOP…

West Cheshire Athletic Club has registered with easyfundraising, which means over 4,000 shops and sites will now donate to the Club for FREE every time you use easyfundraising to shop with them. These donations will help SO MUCH, so please sign up to support us – it’s completely FREE and doesn’t take long via this link.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Club President, Dan Gilroy, rang Dennis Wall on Thursday to pass on best wishes to everyone at the club. Dan said he would welcome members to ring him and have a chat. His number is: 07594 464287.

SPEED AND POWER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

England Athletics are inviting people to book onto their new Speed & Power Virtual Conference (14-15 November). Speed and power are vital for sprinting and impact most athletic events. Expert speakers will present on technique, training planning, physical prep, plyometrics and the mindset to pull it all together! The conference is a fantastic development opportunity for coaches, leaders and athletes in athletics and running as well as other sports. The speaker line-up includes: Christine Ohuruogu MBE, Lloyd Cowan MBE, Aston Moore, Frank Attoh, Dr. Mike Young, Nick Winkelman, Gareth Walton, Ed Archer, Chris Shambrook, UK Strength & Conditioning Association – UKSCA, Stanley Madiri, Christine Harrison-Bloomfield and Julie Pratt-Benterman. Click here to find out more and to book online.

ATHLETICS WEEKLY NEWS UPDATES

All the latest athletics news can be found on the Athletics Weekly website here.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S REHAB EXERCISES…

Club member and physio Heather McLintock has provided a webpage developed for athletes to access over the COVID period. The link contains video exercises which can be used to rehabilitate whilst you can’t visit her at the practice.

HOME PENTATHLON UPDATE…

If you haven’t completed the Home Pentathlon yet, please give it a go and let me know how you get on.

VIRTUAL MULTI-EVENT@HOME COMPETITION

England Athletics has linked up with Sportshall Athletics to offer clubs a free platform to create their own Virtual Multi-Event @ home competition! Clubs can now use the Sportshall scoring system, and online OpenTrack virtual competitions platform, to create their own fun ‘at home’ challenges and competitions featuring up to 13 events.

With athletics training and competition currently limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, Virtual Multi-Event @ home provides a fantastic opportunity for athletes to compete against others from their own club or against other clubs, within their home or close-to-home environment and in line with government guidelines.

CATHRYN WOODALL’S WORK-OUT INVITE…

Club member and Farndon physio Cathryn Woodall has posted crab walk and squat video exercises on her Farndon physio Facebook page.

Cathryn is also thinking of doing a Facebook live/Zoom video of a 20-30 minute exercise routine, if anyone is interested. 

JASON OSWELL’S LOCKDOWN PHYSIOTHERAPY 

Jason Oswell has been in touch to say he is doing Physiotherapy video consultations during lockdown. If anybody has any issues, he is prepared to provide a consultation to anybody from the club for £10. His email address is jason_oswell@live.com

HELP AND SUPPORT

Anyone requiring help and support while self-isolating can contact the local council hotline number of 0300 123 7031.

This is a dedicated hotline number for those self-isolating and who don’t have anyone to help. A call to this number will provide help organising food or medicine deliveries, or some sort of social contact. The number for the most in need is 0300 123 7031. It is open Monday to Sunday (8am-7pm).

ALSO – Please feel free to ring me (Dennis) if you want a chat or need any help or support. My numbers are: 0151 201 1254 and 07968 643038.

UPDATED ONLINE ATHLETICS WEBINARS

In these unprecedented times, I wanted to draw the club’s attention to some of the great resources available online. England Athletics is expanding its campaign to support Athletics and Running for everyone @home, with a focus on ‘Running @home’ support and advice. The homepage can be accessed here.

There are many webinars, interviews and tips from top coaches and athletes on how to stay conditioned and focused.

In addition, there are some fantastic videos for 4-11 year olds on the Funetics webpage put together in conjunction with England Athletics. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing. Funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently schooling at home, we hope that these video activities will support the need for education to continue at home.  You can access the videos here.

The link to other updated webinars can be found here, here and here.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY

The links below offer a range of advice on exercises we can all do while confined indoors.

MIND provides a series of workouts here.

Joe Wicks has become a household name with his daily online morning workouts which can be found here.

Sport England is offering tips, advice and guidance on how to stay active around the home on this link.

Youth Sport Trust is providing healthy tips including a series of 60-second Challenges on this link.

Realbuzz has provided strength and conditioning exercises to help avoid injury.

MORE GREAT MEMORIES…

This week it’s the 1984 LA Olympics women’s 3,000m final, Tessa Sanderson, and Denise Lewis. Enjoy…

IT’S GOOD TO TALK

Members and parents are reminded to look at the following links for updates about the Club:

WEBSITE: www.westcheshireac.co.uk

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/westcheshireac

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/westcheshireac/

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