WCAC Newsletter #302, 04-12-20

DOUBLE CELEBRATION!

West Cheshire AC has been named England Athletics North West Athletics and Running Club of the Year, and Dennis Wall has won the Services to Athletics Award.

Jon Clarke hosted Thursday night’s EA North West Regional Awards on Zoom and YouTube.

It is the fourth time in five years that the club have won this award. An outstanding achievement considering there are over 250 clubs in the north west.

A full list of the 9 winners of the 9 award categories can be found on the EA website, and the whole award ceremony was recorded and can be watched on YouTube.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Ellis Hancock, Jacob Jones, Emma Powell, Rhiannon Robson, Jessica Brown, Sofia Lawton, Tom Pryor, Lola Byrne, Thomas Duret, Beth McMahon, Joseph Morrison, Cosette Wearden, Luca Brocklehurst, Grace Henderson, Issy Read, Harriet Wheeler, Lilly O’Gorman, Louise Moore.

And Next Week: Theo Shepherd, Libby Wheldon, Emmanuel Isaiah, Chris Beckerleg, Alex Kearns, James Pascoe, Kate Simpson, Chris Wright, Nathan Broomfield, Luke Haslam, Sophie Haslam.

EPSV TRACK TRAINING IS BACK! 

The Club resumed EPSV track training on Thursday this week under Tier 2 England Athletics guidelines. The Club has received permission from site operators, Brio Leisure, to re-start training.

The link to further information can be found here.

CLUB AGM NEWS

Mike Lamb was appointed club president at West Cheshire AC’s virtual online AGM on Monday night, with Jon Clarke (chairman), Dennis Wall (vice-chairman), Clare Mallon (secretary until January 2021 when replaced by Julian Tegg), and Darren Shillington (treasurer) all being re-elected as club officers.

Other appointments were: Jane Pughe (Membership Secretary), Eddie Gore (Facilities Officer), Mark Duffey (Marketing and Sponsorship Officer), Dave Alexander (Cross Country Secretary), John Parlevliet (Road Running Secretary), Dennis Wall (Track and Field Secretary).

Dan Gilroy was elected Vice-President alongside Justin Madders MP, Chris Mathieson MP, Roy Orford, Mike Gledhill, John Ashton, Alan Morris, Jason Gill, John Driscoll.

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.

SUPPORT WITH TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

Funded training is currently available for employed people who live or work in Cheshire or Warrington. 

Fully covered for those who work for a company with under 250 employees (inc. self-employed), 40% funded for larger employers.

This really is a chance for people to access quality training and boost qualifications without the associated cost.

If anyone is interested contact Mark Shepherd on 07494 869 282.

STEP INTO COACHING.

There is an Assistant Club Coaching Course scheduled to be held at Deeside College on December 12 and 13, and the deadline for bookings is December 10. Further details at Athletics Hub on the England Athletics website.

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

GLASGOW TO HOST 2021 BRITISH INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

The British Athletics Indoor Championships will be held across the 20-21 February 2021 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow is a prestigious venue for world-class athletics, recently hosting the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships, as well as the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships and Müller Indoor Grand Prix earlier in 2020. The choice of venue was carefully considered to ensure that a Covid-19 safe event could be delivered in conjunction with an environment for optimum athlete performance.

The Championships will also act as the official Trial event for the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun (POL) and World Athletics Indoor Championship in Nanjing (CHN) which are currently scheduled to take place during the following month.

2021 OLYMPIC MARATHON TRIAL

UK Athletics has announced that the Olympic Games Marathon Trial Event will take place on a multi-lap course at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on Friday 26 March 2021, and entry is by invitation only, with the entry standard set at 2:19.00 for men and 2:42.00 for women.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

Saturday 5 December 2-4pm – Regional Online Coach Networks workshop: Long Jump – acceleration and take-off. Hosted by England Athletics Regional Coach Lead (North), Jamie French. 

Saturday 5 December 2-4pm –Regional Online Coach Networks workshop: High Jump – full approach run work and scissor jumps (inc. take-off drills). Hosted by England Athletics Regional Coach Lead (South West), Denis Doyle.

Saturday 5 December 2-4pm –Regional Online Coach Networks workshop: Pole Vault – approach run: run-up structure. Hosted by England Athletics Regional Coach Lead (Midlands), Kate Rooney.

Saturday 5 December 2.30-4.30pm –Regional Online Coach Networks workshop: Triple Jump – Acceleration and short approach Jumps/combination bounds. Hosted by England Athletics Regional Coach Lead (South East), Guy Spencer.

Friday 11 December 2020 7.30pm –Pole Vault Coaching Q&A webinar (topics include coaching journey, coaching philosophy, approach to coaching pole vault)
With Steven Taeleman (Belgian coach to Ben Broeders), Steve Rippon (Technical pole vault advisor to the Finnish Athletics Federation), Gustaf Hultgren (Swedish coach). Hosted by British Athletics National Performance Institute Senior Coach, Scott Simpson.

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 6pm –Youth Development Networking Group

Thursday 17 December 8pm –Throws –Mastering the fundamentals: Hammer throwing in clubs. Hosted by Gary Herrington

Sunday 3 January 2-6pm –Throws Masterclass webinar with Ashley Kovacs
Book now for a special masterclass webinar as Ashley Kovacs, coach to World Champion shot putter Joe Kovacs, joins us from Stateside for live presentations and Q&A sessions. Book your place on this exclusive webinar – with early bird discounts for anyone booking by 30 Nov plus discounts for registered members.

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.

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 enrol 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 INVITATION…

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 men’s 800m Olympic Final, 1982 women’s 200m Commonwealth Games Final, and 1994 women’s 4x400m Relay Final. Enjoy…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LHid-nC45k&t=51s

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRFEFGP3WeI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=llsy4_LaEGE

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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