WCAC Newsletter #300, 20-11-20

INVITATION TO CLUB VIRTUAL 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:

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

And Next Week: Tom Joshua, Andy Carter, Maysie Linegar, Sarah Kefford, Ben Rutherford, Adam Sisson, Jessica Watkin, Ella Dimbylow, Lucy O’Connell, Sam Cormack, Freya Renshaw.

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

STAYING IN SHAPE…

Whether it’s for a specific sport or just general health and fitness it’s so important to build a strong core. This five-minute circuit with sprinter Adam Gemili is quick, simple and a great way to kick off your day. All you need is a yoga mat and your water/electrolytes!

NEW LOOK NORTHERN LEAGUE FOR 2021

The Club will compete in a new-look Northern Track and Field League next year.

We will feature in the West Premier Division alongside Blackburn Harriers, Preston Harriers, Sale Harriers, Team Isle of Man, and Wigan and District Harriers.

A decision to restructure the league was made at Saturday’s annual general meeting to ensure more regionalisation for the four rounds, plus an end of season grand final.

The original structure comprised of clubs competing against one another from the North West and east of the Pennines, but the new-look regionalised league has been designed to help prevent clubs from travelling long distances and to combat any future Covid-19 restrictions.

West Cheshire AC are provisionally scheduled to host round three on Sunday, July 11, while Blackburn will host the opening round on Saturday, May 22; Preston will play host for round two on Saturday, June 19, and Sale will be hosts for the final round at Sportcity, Manchester, on Sunday, August 1.

A grand final for the top two clubs in the West Premier Division will be held on Saturday, August 14.

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.

STEP INTO COACHING…

England Athletics has added a new Leading Athletics course on Saturday 28 November! The course is ideal for your first step into leadership in athletics and is delivered via a two-part webinar (10-11.30AM & 12-1.30PM) costing £20pp (open to anyone aged 14+). Book now here.

Please get in touch with Dennis if you do book on the course at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

COMPETITION PLANNING UPDATE

Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics, Martin Rush, has provided an update on athletics competition planning as we continue to prepare beyond the current lockdown. Please click this link to find out more.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

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.

Other forthcoming webinars include: Monday 23 November 2020 20:00 to 21:00 –Endurance – academic research. Implications for the design of training sessions Hosted by Andrew Renfree.

Friday 27 November 18:00 to 19:30 –The Masters Athlete –Physiological changes occurring with age, training and nutritional strategies, peri menopause, menopause and beyond, dealing with illness and chronic medical conditions Hosted by Dr Nicky Keay.

Monday 30 November 2020 18:00 to 19:00 –Endurance – Session planning for endurance athletes. Micro, meso and macro training cycles Hosted by Andi Drake

Wednesday 2 December 19:30 to 20:30 –Jumps – Coaching the Triple Jump – step landing into jump take-off, flight, and landing Hosted by Aston Moore

Thursday 3 December –Throws –An interview with a special discus guest Mark Chapman
Pre-record released on to www.athleticshub.co.uk

Saturday 12 December 2020 10am –Endurance – Let’s start with A Question of Performance. Considerations of athletic development Hosted by Mark Brace

Monday 14 December 18:00 –Youth Development Networking Group

Thursday 17 December 20:00 – Throws –Mastering the fundamentals: Hammer throwing in clubs. Hosted by Gary Herrington.

INSIDE TRACK – A NEW MONTHLY BLOG FROM THE ENGLAND ATHLETICS BOARD

News concerning athletics and running as well as a fresh insight on the latest industry trends and developments affecting the sport we all love has been compiled by England Athletics, who will also be using their blog as an opportunity to delve more deeply into certain topics from time to time as well as explain how they are working with our key stakeholders. 

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).

VIRTUAL YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

*Calling U18 Coaches* Check out our 2- day International Virtual Youth Development Conference to help maximise your young athletes’ potential! The conference will be hosted via Zoom on 5/6 December featuring a fantastic speaker line-up. Find out more here.

MENTAL HEALTH WEBINAR

Mental Health is important. Join a free informal Zoom webinar on Monday 14 December (7PM) with some of England Athletics’ Mental Health Ambassadors to look at how clubs & RunTogether groups can support mental health during the pandemic & beyond. Sign up here.

DISABILITY INCLUSION COURSE

The @BritAthletics  Disability Inclusion training modules are still available to book! The interactive eLearning course is suitable for anyone wishing to better engage & support disabled people in athletics & running. Find out more here.

ONLINE COURSES FOR BECOMING A QUALIFIED ATHLETICS OFFICIAL

New dates for online Level 1 Officials courses: Level 1 Field Judge (Thursday 26 November 10AM). Take your first step on the pathway to becoming a qualified athletics Official!

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

Please get in touch with Dennis if you do book on the course at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com 

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: 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.

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 Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, Roger Bannister, and Lillian Board. 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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