Press Report: Track Champs Are On

WEST CHESHIRE ATHLETIC CLUB will host this year’s Cheshire Track and Field Championships.

The purple and gold vested outfit will help organise the fixture to be held on August 21 and 22 at Ellesmere Port Sports Village.

The original planned dates of May 8-9 are no longer suitable and, while athletics competition can still take place in May, significant Covid-19 restrictions are expected to be in place.

These include social distancing measures, rigid hygiene measures, use of PPE and a ban on spectators. Under these circumstances the organisers don’t think it is practical to hold the County Championships in May.
“We appreciate that holding the Championships in the middle of August will not suit everyone,” a post read on the Cheshire County Athletics Association Facebook page.

“However, the competition calendar is very congested and these are the only available alternative dates.”
“We expect that by August most Covid-19 restrictions will have been lifted and we will be able to hold a ‘near normal’ competition.”

WCAC Newsletter #318, 26-03-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Neil Hershaw, Chris Palmer, Darcy Smyth, Tom Cable, Neil Atkinson, Tony Woodall, Esme Graham, Cameron Morrison, Neil Stanley-Jones, Joy Hickman, Beatrix Millachip, Andrew Parker, Isabella Rimmer, Karl Fenney, Sam Haslam.

And Next Week: Eve Duret, Dave Dentith, George Hyde, Ewan Bradley, Katie Lever, Val Ornsby.

CLUB TRAINING RETURNS

The final preparations are being made to make sure that everyone stays safe when Club training resumes on Monday, 29th March.

The Club has received confirmation from Brio that track training at EPSV can restart from 29th March and training groups will also be permitted to meet off-site to help everyone get back into a routine.

The Club is resuming track training in small Covid secure groups from Monday 29th March and, as before, we will operate over threeevenings (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) and Saturday morning.

You need to book through your coach to attend. Hopefully after 3 months (end of June), if the situation continues to improve so we can then revert to larger groups.

Please also be aware that there will be some disruption and restrictions to the planned Track & Field meetings. The first two YDL meetings for u13s and u15s have already been cancelled, and it is very likely that the County Track & Field Championships will be held in August, but this needs to be confirmed.

Group track training MUST only restart by implementing the same strict club rules and guidelines that were in place when we last trained. There must be NO deviations from this if we are to stay COVID safe and to avoid criticism from the public.

You must only come to training if your health allows. If for any reason you have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive for Covid-19 then you MUST NOT come to training for 10 days. Always report any problems to your coach/leader, so that others can be alerted.

Please continue to act safely and make sure you have paid your annual club membership fee, and be aware of the new Cashless system being implemented for EPSV Track Training Sessions (further details below).

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

From January 1st 2021, there will be a change to the way in which club members are asked to pay for attending training sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Rather than paying by cash, members will be asked to top up their accounts online, via a link to our club membership system.

As members attend each session, their accounts will be debited by the cost of each session.
You should have received an email in December 2020 titled “West Cheshire AC Membership. Please do not ignore!”, from club Membership Secretary Jane Pughe. This email contains a link to the top-up system. From there, you will be able to top-up by between £10 and £100, and set both regular top-up amounts and warnings to prompt you when your account is low.

The cashless payment system is provided by Nifty Entries, who maintain our current online club membership system. They also provide similar cashless training payments systems to other clubs, on the same basis of only paying for the sessions that you attend, from your own account.

Please let us know if you have any questions, by replying Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

CHESHIRE AA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Cheshire Cross-country Championships are scheduled to take place at Betley Court Farm (CW3 9BH), on Saturday, 17th April. If you would like to take part and are eligible to do so, please reply to the email sent to all members on March 21st.

CLUB WELFARE TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

UK Athletics recommends that all Clubs have a Welfare Team and West Cheshire AC recognises the importance of Welfare and Safeguarding. Volunteers are needed to form a Club Welfare Team. If you are interested and would like to learn more details then please email our Club Secretary, Julian Tegg, at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

TRACK AND FIELD COMPETITION UPDATE

Ahead of competition restart in from March 29th, England Athletics released a draft of the 2021 Competition calendar on 16th March which can be found here.

RACE WALKING QUALIFICATION

England Athletics have places available for their latest online Level 1 Race Walking Officiating qualification. If you’re looking to take your first steps towards becoming a qualified athletics official then sign-up today and join in a virtual classroom on Wednesday 28th April (7-9pm). Cost £20. Sign up here.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S ROADMAP

England Athletics have outlined in an ‘athletics and running roadmap’ infographic what everything means at each stage. More detailed guidance will be provided they have received further information from Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please note, all these dates are subject to the UK Government’s four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and the conditions which must be met before the country is able to move from one step to the next. More details here.

SPEED COACHING WEBINARS

This series of free webinars focuses on developmental topics for the various speed events.

  • April 7th (6:30-8pm): Peaking for Championships. Hosted by Michael Baker
  • April 21st (6:30-8pm): Coaching Teenagers. Hosted by Mike Leonard

More details can be found here.

COACHING WEBINARS

Take a look at the long list of EA webinars relating to running, jumping and throwing at this link.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CHARITY AUCTION FOR CLUB FUNDS

Club coach, Paul Fairweather, and his wife Karen, are planning to organise a charity auction in the next 3-6 months to help raise money for Club funds.

They can host the auction and provide access to a worldwide market of buyers of vinyl and music memorabilia in addition to Sports, TV and Film memorabilia.

In May 2020 Paul and Karen raised £179k for the NHS & Feeding America through a charity auction of items donated by musicians associated with Island Records. There were some amazing lots that were donated and it shows the potential with the right sort of push.

In the North West we obviously have a good pool of musicians, big sporting clubs, and sports/TV stars that people may know who could donate something. 

If you can help or would like to get involved please email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

More information can be found at Paul and Karen’s website.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH

During this lockdown period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Club Newsletter information and other content going.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also anything to help everyone stay entertained. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WOMEN IN COACHING PROGRAMME

The Women in Coaching Programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics. The programme will focus on providing development opportunities to help upskill female coaches, officials, volunteers and other support staff whilst also addressing the issues of gender inequality in specific areas of the sport and providing a network and support system for women in athletics and running. Further details can be found here.

COACHING COURSE UPDATE

England Athletics has started to publicise Virtual Coaching Courses on their website. Follow this link to find a list of virtual courses.

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

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE

UK Coaching is organising a course to gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions. The link is here

UPDATED PROVISIONAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…

Subject to Covid-19 rules, West Cheshire AC’s latest revised league season looks like this:

Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Saturday, June 5, (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Saturday, July 17, (at Bebington Oval), and Saturday, September 4 (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Sunday, May 30 (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Sunday, June 27, (at Bebington Oval), Sunday, July 25 (at Bebington Oval), and Sunday, September 5, (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

West Cheshire AC’s North Premier West League squad will open their season on Saturday, May 22, at Blackburn, before heading to Preston on Saturday, June 19, then hosting round three at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, July 4, and concluding the campaign at Trafford, on Sunday, August 1.

West Cheshire AC’s Cheshire League season is scheduled to start at Wrexham’s Queensway Stadium, on Sunday, May 23, before heading to Stockport on Sunday, June 20; East Cheshire on Saturday, July

31, and hosting the final round at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, August 29.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S PHYSIO OFFER

Heather McLintock has been in touch to say she is still able to offer physiotherapy if anyone is injured over this lockdown…Heather knows how important it is to exercise in this time so if she can keep people exercising that would be great. Heather’s email address is: heathermclintock@hotmail.com

RUN LEADER DEVELOPMENT DAYS

England Athletics Run Leader Development Days is a series of informative and engaging workshops aimed at leaders and coaches from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

Run Leader Development Days are going virtual for 2021, featuring five interactive webinars (taking place Mon March 1st). Sessions will discuss a mix of topics, tasks, group discussion, Q&As, and the final webinar is based around a virtual practical session. Each webinar will have a lead theme – enabling Run Leaders to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas. All five webinars cost £30.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

A revised list of England Athletics webinars can be found here.

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 – here.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Lifetime Vice-President, Dan Gilroy, passes 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.

LOOKING BACK

This week: Olympic men’s hurdlers, Olympic women’s 100m, and David Rudisha. 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/

Press Report: County event is on

WEST CHESHIRE AC members are being invited to take part in next month’s rearranged Cheshire AA Cross-country Championships.

All fully paid up first-claim members of the purple and gold-vested outfit who are eligible and want to compete in the April 17 event at Betley Court Farm, near Crewe, will have their entry fees paid for by the club. All members should have now received an email informing them of how to enter via the club.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based organisation, who will restart restricted group training sessions next week, is doing all it can to help club members return to competition after experiencing 12 months of lockdown.
All fully paid up West Cheshire AC members have received an email inviting them to take part in the fixture which is taking place in a Covid-19 secure environment with an England Athletics licence.

The timetable for the event is: 10.45am start – Under 11s (2km); 11.15am – Under 13s (2.5km); 11.45am – Under 15s (3.2km); 12.20pm – Under 17s (5km); 1.20pm – Under 20 Ladies, Senior Ladies and Veteran Ladies (6.4km); 2.20pm – Under 20 Men, Senior Men, and Veteran Men (6.4km).

Further details about the event can be found here.

WCAC Newsletter #317, 19-03-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Jo Clarke, Kerry Riley, Sophia Falkingham, Jack Jones, Harriet Mercer, Traci Shipley, Maddi Mercer, Freya Pattwell, Helen Tenner, Adrian Gledhill, Tom Shillington.

And Next Week: Neil Hershaw, Chris Palmer, Darcy Smyth, Tom Cable, Neil Atkinson, Tony Woodall, Esme Graham, Cameron Morrison, Neil Stanley-Jones, Joy Hickman, Beatrix Millachip, Andrew Parker, Isabella Rimmer, Karl Fenney, Sam Haslam.

GETTING READY FOR A RETURN…

Preparations are being put in place to make sure that everyone stays safe when Club training resumes on Monday, 29th March.

The Club has received confirmation from Brio that track training at EPSV can restart from 29th March and training groups will also be permitted to meet off-site to help everyone get back into a routine.

Please remember to renew your West Cheshire AC Membership when you receive a renewal email, and be aware of the new Cashless system being implemented for EPSV Track Training Sessions (further details below).

CHESHIRE AA CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Cheshire AA has been awarded a licence for the County Cross-country Championships, to take place at Betley Court Farm (CW3 9BH), on Saturday, 17th April.

We will be issuing a message soon to club members with entry details.

CLUB WELFARE TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

UK Athletics recommends that all Clubs have a Welfare Team and West Cheshire AC recognises the importance of Welfare and Safeguarding. Volunteers are needed to form a Club Welfare Team. If you are interested and would like to learn more details then please email our Club Secretary, Julian Tegg, at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

WOMEN IN COACHING PROGRAMME

Ashley Kovacs is presenting a “Staying True To Yourself” webinar on Saturday, 20th March (2pm), which is free of charge. More details can be found here.

TRACK AND FIELD COMPETITION UPDATE

Ahead of competition restart in from March 29th, England Athletics released a draft of the 2021 Competition calendar on 16th March which can be found here.

RACE WALKING QUALIFICATION

England Athletics have places available for their latest online Level 1 Race Walking Officiating qualification. If you’re looking to take your first steps towards becoming a qualified athletics official then sign-up today and join in a virtual classroom on Wednesday 28th April (7-9pm). Cost £20. Sign up here.

LEADERSHIP IN RUNNING FITNESS QUALIFICATION

If you’re Leadership In Running Fitness (LiRF) qualified and you are considering the step up to the Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) qualification, then you still have time to sign-up for the next online LiRF/CiRF workshop which offers a great insight into the requirements of the CiRF course (Sunday 28th March). Cost is £20. Sign up here.

CLUB WELFARE TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

UK Athletics recommends that all Clubs have a Welfare Team and West Cheshire AC recognises the importance of Welfare and Safeguarding. Volunteers are needed to form a Club Welfare Team. If you are interested and would like to learn more details then please email our Club Secretary, Julian Tegg, at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S ROADMAP

England Athletics have outlined in an ‘athletics and running roadmap’ infographic what everything means at each stage. More detailed guidance will be provided they have received further information from Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please note, all these dates are subject to the UK Government’s four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and the conditions which must be met before the country is able to move from one step to the next. More details here.

STAY SAFE AND FOLLOW THE LOCKDOWN GUIDELINES

All West Cheshire AC members should be following National Lockdown Guidelines and only exercising within the restrictions, so please abide by the rules and don’t bring the Club into disrepute.

Following the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and the publication of bespoke instructions from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), England Athletics revised the current guidance for athletics and running on January 8th.

PLEASE also remember that Brio Leisure who operate Ellesmere Port Sports Village have closed the facilities until further notice. The EPSV Facility Manager has told the Club not to train at the site, so all scheduled training sessions have been cancelled and the EPSV site remains closed.

We hope you and your family all stay safe and well during this difficult period. Once we know when we can use the athletics track again, we will be back in touch with the new arrangements.

SPEED COACHING WEBINARS

This series of free webinars focuses on developmental topics for the various speed events.

  • April 7th (6:30-8pm): Peaking for Championships. Hosted by Michael Baker
  • April 21st (6:30-8pm): Coaching Teenagers. Hosted by Mike Leonard

More details can be found here.

COACHING WEBINARS

Take a look at the long list of EA webinars relating to running, jumping and throwing at this link.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CLUB WEBINARS

During March the following Webinars, Forums and Training Sessions will be delivered:

  • On Wednesday March 24th Club Support Manager Heidi Bradley will be hosting a Workshop to support clubs who are dealing with disputes and complaints by their members.

  • Following last week’s communication to all affiliated clubs and registered athletes and runners about affiliation and registration for 2021-22 EA will be running a Webinar focussing on the key elements of Affiliation and Registration for clubs. This will also include a training session on the new and improved Club Portal and will take place on Monday March 29th.

EA are also jointly delivering six workshops with Sport England focussing on:

  • Volunteer Experience

  • Participant Experience

  • Engaging your Local Communities.

The first workshop takes place on March 13th and EA only have a small number of places remaining.

Keep checking the England Athletics website for guidance updates and if you have specific queries and want to speak to a member of the Club Support Team please email: clubsupport@englandathletics.org

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

From January 1st 2021, there will be a change to the way in which club members are asked to pay for attending training sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Rather than paying by cash, members will be asked to top up their accounts online, via a link to our club membership system.

As members attend each session, their accounts will be debited by the cost of each session.
You should by now have received an email from West Cheshire AC, containing a link to the top-up system. From there, you will be able to top-up by between £10 and £100, and set both regular top-up amounts and warnings to prompt you when your account is low.

The cashless payment system will be provided by Nifty Entries, who maintain our current online club membership system. They also provide similar cashless training payments systems to other clubs, on the same basis of only paying for the sessions that you attend, from your own account.

Please let us know if you have any questions, by replying Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CHARITY AUCTION FOR CLUB FUNDS

Club coach, Paul Fairweather, and his wife Karen, are planning to organise a charity auction in the next 3-6 months to help raise money for Club funds.

They can host the auction and provide access to a worldwide market of buyers of vinyl and music memorabilia in addition to Sports, TV and Film memorabilia.

In May 2020 Paul and Karen raised £179k for the NHS & Feeding America through a charity auction of items donated by musicians associated with Island Records. There were some amazing lots that were donated and it shows the potential with the right sort of push.

In the North West we obviously have a good pool of musicians, big sporting clubs, and sports/TV stars that people may know who could donate something. 

If you can help or would like to get involved please email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

More information can be found at Paul and Karen’s website.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH

During this lockdown period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Club Newsletter information and other content going.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also anything to help everyone stay entertained. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WOMEN IN COACHING PROGRAMME

The Women in Coaching Programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics. The programme will focus on providing development opportunities to help upskill female coaches, officials, volunteers and other support staff whilst also addressing the issues of gender inequality in specific areas of the sport and providing a network and support system for women in athletics and running. Further details can be found here.

COACHING COURSE UPDATE

England Athletics has started to publicise Virtual Coaching Courses on their website. Follow this link to find a list of virtual courses.

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

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE

UK Coaching is organising a course to gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions. The link is here

WEEKLY QUADRATHLON @HOME

Are you missing the buzz of track and field competition while we’re all at home in lockdown? If so, then sign-up for England Athletics new fun weekly track and field Quadrathlon competition – open to anyone aged 9 or over and perfect for setting up at home! Details are here.

UPDATED PROVISIONAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…

Subject to Covid-19 rules, West Cheshire AC’s latest revised league season looks like this:

Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Saturday, June 5, (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Saturday, July 17, (at Bebington Oval), and Saturday, September 4 (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Sunday, May 30 (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Sunday, June 27, (at Bebington Oval), Sunday, July 25 (at Bebington Oval), and Sunday, September 5, (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

West Cheshire AC’s North Premier West League squad will open their season on Saturday, May 22, at Blackburn, before heading to Preston on Saturday, June 19, then hosting round three at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, July 4, and concluding the campaign at Trafford, on Sunday, August 1.

West Cheshire AC’s Cheshire League season is scheduled to start at Wrexham’s Queensway Stadium, on Sunday, May 23, before heading to Stockport on Sunday, June 20; East Cheshire on Saturday, July

31, and hosting the final round at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, August 29.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S PHYSIO OFFER

Heather McLintock has been in touch to say she is still able to offer physiotherapy if anyone is injured over this lockdown…Heather knows how important it is to exercise in this time so if she can keep people exercising that would be great. Heather’s email address is: heathermclintock@hotmail.com

RUN LEADER DEVELOPMENT DAYS

England Athletics Run Leader Development Days is a series of informative and engaging workshops aimed at leaders and coaches from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

Run Leader Development Days are going virtual for 2021, featuring five interactive webinars (taking place Mon March 1st). Sessions will discuss a mix of topics, tasks, group discussion, Q&As, and the final webinar is based around a virtual practical session. Each webinar will have a lead theme – enabling Run Leaders to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas. All five webinars cost £30.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

A revised list of England Athletics webinars can be found here.

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 – here.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Lifetime Vice-President, Dan Gilroy, passes 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.

LOOKING BACK

This week: John Tracey v Steve Ovett, Lillian Board, and Linford Christie. Enjoy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=R14cjtU0e1s

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBqUn39p0Go

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd2uMGa6YAs

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/

Press Report: Training back on track

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club has received permission to restart training later this month.

The Ellesmere Port Sports Village-based organisation has been told by site operators, Brio Leisure, that the club can run, jump and throw from Monday, March 29.

This news has been received with excitement by members of the purple and gold-vested club who are now looking forward to a summer of track and field action.

The club worked hard before lockdown to ensure training could take place within a Covid-19 secure environment at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village Athletics Track.

And club members are eager for a return of training and competition now a decision has been made.

Club officials are busy putting provisional plans in place to embrace the local community and promote West Cheshire AC before the track and field season is allowed to start.

Life has been difficult for everyone during the last 12 months and lockdown has affected physical and mental health during the pandemic.

But West Cheshire AC want to help the local community return to sport because of it’s importance to physical, social and mental well being.

The Club is keen to organise a walking and running social group, a social event to help everyone re-engage, a Come and Try Athletics Day, and a Summer Fete.

West Cheshire AC will prepare to compete in the Under 13s and Under 15s Youth Development Track and Field League which is scheduled to start on June 5 at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, as well as the Under 17s and Under 20s Youth Development Track and Field League which kicks off at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on May 30.

The club’s Under 17s, Under 20s and Seniors are focusing their sights on the Northern Track and Field League which begins on May 22 at Blackburn, while the opening round of the Cheshire Track and Field League takes place on May 23.

West Cheshire AC will also host the English Schools Track and Field Cup County Round at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Tuesday, May 18, and the Regional B Final South on June 9.

WCAC Newsletter #316, 12-03-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Rob Boggild, Phil Mercer, Eleanor Wheeler.

And Next Week: Jo Clarke, Kerry Riley, Sophia Falkingham, Jack Jones, Harriet Mercer, Traci Shipley, Maddi Mercer, Freya Pattwell, Helen Tenner, Adrian Gledhill, Tom Shillington.

ON YOUR MARKS…

EPSV Facility Manager, Peter Davies, has sent the following message to West Cheshire AC: “We (Brio) have decided we are going to open from Monday March 29th, we are just waiting for public health to sign it off and then I will send a formal email to all user groups.”

This decision is in line with the date that England Athletics earmarked for athletics training and competition guidance to start.

The Club is now waiting for confirmation from Brio that track training at EPSV can restart later this month and Club members will be updated when more news is announced.

Meanwhile, Cheshire AA remains hopeful that the rearranged Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships can be held on Saturday 17th April, at Betley Court Farm.

Please remember to renew your West Cheshire AC Membership when you receive a renewal email, and be aware of the new Cashless system being implemented for EPSV Track Training Sessions (further details below under the headline: “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT…”

CLUB WELFARE TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

UK Athletics recommends that all Clubs have a Welfare Team and West Cheshire AC recognises the importance of Welfare and Safeguarding. Volunteers are needed to form a Club Welfare Team. If you are interested and would like to learn more details then please email our Club Secretary, Julian Tegg, at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S ROADMAP

England Athletics have outlined in an ‘athletics and running roadmap’ infographic what everything means at each stage. More detailed guidance will be provided they have received further information from Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please note, all these dates are subject to the UK Government’s four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and the conditions which must be met before the country is able to move from one step to the next. More details here.

STAY SAFE AND FOLLOW THE LOCKDOWN GUIDELINES

All West Cheshire AC members should be following National Lockdown Guidelines and only exercising within the restrictions, so please abide by the rules and don’t bring the Club into disrepute.

Following the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and the publication of bespoke instructions from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), England Athletics revised the current guidance for athletics and running on January 8th.

PLEASE also remember that Brio Leisure who operate Ellesmere Port Sports Village have closed the facilities until further notice. The EPSV Facility Manager has told the Club not to train at the site, so all scheduled training sessions have been cancelled and the EPSV site remains closed.

We hope you and your family all stay safe and well during this difficult period. Once we know when we can use the athletics track again, we will be back in touch with the new arrangements.

SPEED COACHING WEBINARS

This series of free webinars focuses on developmental topics for the various speed events.

  • April 7th (6:30-8pm): Peaking for Championships. Hosted by Michael Baker
  • April 21st (6:30-8pm): Coaching Teenagers. Hosted by Mike Leonard

More details can be found here.

COACHING WEBINARS

Take a look at the long list of EA webinars relating to running, jumping and throwing at this link.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS CLUB WEBINARS

During March the following Webinars, Forums and Training Sessions will be delivered:

  • On Wednesday March 17th the Club Resources Manager Emma Hurst will lead a session focussing on Club Standards, outlining how EA plan to support clubs work towards these standards through our online resource library.

  • On Thursday March 18th EA are hosting a Q&A Webinar on the recent announcement on the Consultation of the Formal Membership of UK Athletics.

  • On Wednesday March 24th Club Support Manager Heidi Bradley will be hosting a Workshop to support clubs who are dealing with disputes and complaints by their members.

  • Following last week’s communication to all affiliated clubs and registered athletes and runners about affiliation and registration for 2021-22 EA will be running a Webinar focussing on the key elements of Affiliation and Registration for clubs. This will also include a training session on the new and improved Club Portal and will take place on Monday March 29th.

EA are also jointly delivering six workshops with Sport England focussing on:

  • Volunteer Experience
  • Participant Experience
  • Engaging your Local Communities.

The first workshop takes place on March 13th, and EA only have a small number of places remaining.

Keep checking the England Athletics website for guidance updates and if you have specific queries and want to speak to a member of the Club Support Team please email: clubsupport@englandathletics.org

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

From January 1st 2021, there will be a change to the way in which club members are asked to pay for attending training sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Rather than paying by cash, members will be asked to top up their accounts online, via a link to our club membership system.

As members attend each session, their accounts will be debited by the cost of each session.
You should by now have received an email from West Cheshire AC, containing a link to the top-up system. From there, you will be able to top-up by between £10 and £100, and set both regular top-up amounts and warnings to prompt you when your account is low.

The cashless payment system will be provided by Nifty Entries, who maintain our current online club membership system. They also provide similar cashless training payments systems to other clubs, on the same basis of only paying for the sessions that you attend, from your own account.

Please let us know if you have any questions, by replying Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CHARITY AUCTION FOR CLUB FUNDS

Club coach, Paul Fairweather, and his wife Karen, are planning to organise a charity auction in the next 3-6 months to help raise money for Club funds.

They can host the auction and provide access to a worldwide market of buyers of vinyl and music memorabilia in addition to Sports, TV and Film memorabilia.

In May 2020 Paul and Karen raised £179k for the NHS & Feeding America through a charity auction of items donated by musicians associated with Island Records. There were some amazing lots that were donated and it shows the potential with the right sort of push.

In the North West we obviously have a good pool of musicians, big sporting clubs, and sports/TV stars that people may know who could donate something. 

If you can help or would like to get involved please email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

More information can be found at Paul and Karen’s website.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH

During this lockdown period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Club Newsletter information and other content going.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also anything to help everyone stay entertained. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WOMEN IN COACHING PROGRAMME

The Women in Coaching Programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics. The programme will focus on providing development opportunities to help upskill female coaches, officials, volunteers and other support staff whilst also addressing the issues of gender inequality in specific areas of the sport and providing a network and support system for women in athletics and running. Further details can be found here.

COACHING COURSE UPDATE

England Athletics has started to publicise Virtual Coaching Courses on their website. Follow this link to find a list of virtual courses.

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

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE

UK Coaching is organising a course to gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions. The link is here

WEEKLY QUADRATHLON @HOME

Are you missing the buzz of track and field competition while we’re all at home in lockdown? If so, then sign-up for England Athletics new fun weekly track and field Quadrathlon competition – open to anyone aged 9 or over and perfect for setting up at home! Details are here.

UPDATED PROVISIONAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…

Subject to Covid-19 rules, West Cheshire AC’s latest revised league season looks like this:

Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Saturday, June 5, (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Saturday, July 17, (at Bebington Oval), and Saturday, September 4 (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Sunday, May 30 (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Sunday, June 27, (at Bebington Oval), Sunday, July 25 (at Bebington Oval), and Sunday, September 5, (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

West Cheshire AC’s North Premier West League squad will open their season on Saturday, May 22, at Blackburn, before heading to Preston on Saturday, June 19, then hosting round three at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, July 4, and concluding the campaign at Trafford, on Sunday, August 1.

West Cheshire AC’s Cheshire League season is scheduled to start at Wrexham’s Queensway Stadium, on Sunday, May 23, before heading to Stockport on Sunday, June 20; East Cheshire on Saturday, July

31, and hosting the final round at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, August 29.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S PHYSIO OFFER

Heather McLintock has been in touch to say she is still able to offer physiotherapy if anyone is injured over this lockdown…Heather knows how important it is to exercise in this time so if she can keep people exercising that would be great. Heather’s email address is: heathermclintock@hotmail.com

RUN LEADER DEVELOPMENT DAYS

England Athletics Run Leader Development Days is a series of informative and engaging workshops aimed at leaders and coaches from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

Run Leader Development Days are going virtual for 2021, featuring five interactive webinars (taking place Mon March 1st). Sessions will discuss a mix of topics, tasks, group discussion, Q&As, and the final webinar is based around a virtual practical session. Each webinar will have a lead theme – enabling Run Leaders to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas. All five webinars cost £30.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

A revised list of England Athletics webinars can be found here.

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 – here.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Lifetime Vice-President, Dan Gilroy, passes 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.

LOOKING BACK

This week: Elaine Thompson, Women’s high jumping, and men’s javelin. Enjoy

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX7RgFb_dYg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qhohBo32NI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnHf9ZFrXy8

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/

Press Report: County XC Champs Still On

WEST CHESHIRE Athletic Club members are preparing to take part in the rearranged Cheshire County Cross Country Championships.

England Athletics has given permission for the event to go ahead on Saturday, April 17, after the original date for the fixture on February 20 was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions.

But Cheshire County Athletics Association are now looking forward to organising the annual event at Betley Court Farm, Crewe, on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border.

Details about entries for the fixture will be announced shortly now that permission has been granted to organise the event under Covid-19 rules.

The venue has been used for league cross country races, and last year was the setting for the Staffordshire County Cross Country Championships.

CHESHIRE has agreed to host this year’s North West Road Relay Championships at Birchwood, Warrington, on Saturday, September 11.

THE Northern Athletics Autumn Road Relays is scheduled to take place on Sunday, September 19, at a venue still be be confirmed. The event will go ahead if Government restrictions allow.

THE Junior British Inter-Counties Hill and Fell Championship race which was due to be held at Meltham, West Yorkshire, on Saturday, May 29, has been rearranged.

The event will now be The Up the Nab Fell Race to be held at Glossop Rugby Club, Hargate Hill Lane, Charlesworth, Derbyshire, SK13 5HG, on Sunday, June 13.

More details about the race can be found at: www.britishintercountiesfellrunningchampionships.wordpress.com

Any juniors wanting to be considered for selection, should contact Nick Bishop at: nick@nickbishopsolutions.co.uk

WCAC Newsletter #315, 05-03-21

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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

Danny Paddock, Ellie Fernyhough, Anest Muller, Fabian Veal, Georgina Duffey, Ian Ackroyd, Claire Forshaw, Emma Morrison, William Saunders, Jodi Bemand.

And Next Week: Rob Boggild, Phil Mercer, Eleanor Wheeler.

GETTING READY TO RESTART…

EPSV Facility Manager, Peter Davies, has told West Cheshire AC that track training can’t restart until the EPSV leisure centre is scheduled to open on Monday, April 12.

This is obviously a big disappointment as the Club was hoping to restart from March 29 – the date that England Athletics earmarked for athletics training and competition guidance to start.

West Cheshire AC has a Monthly Club Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 9, when plans will be discussed to prepare for a restart.

Club members will be updated when more news can be relayed in terms of preparations for EPSV track training.

Meanwhile, a decision about whether the Cheshire AA Cross Country Championships can be held on April 17 is expected to be made on March 8, and Cheshire AA has it’s AGM on March 15.

Please remember to renew your West Cheshire AC Membership when you receive a renewal email, and be aware of the new Cashless system being implemented for EPSV Track Training Sessions (further details below under the headline: “IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT…”

CLUB QUESTIONNAIRE

All West Cheshire AC athletes are being requested to complete a quick questionnaire about training and their goals. Please take part by following this link.

CLUB WELFARE TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

UK Athletics recommends that all Clubs have a Welfare Team and West Cheshire AC recognises the importance of Welfare and Safeguarding. Volunteers are needed to form a Club Welfare Team. If you are interested and would like to learn more details then please email our Club Secretary, Julian Tegg, at: secretarywestcheshireac@gmail.com

ENGLAND ATHLETICS RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT’S ROADMAP

England Athletics have outlined in an ‘athletics and running roadmap’ infographic what everything means at each stage. More detailed guidance will be provided they have received further information from Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Please note, all these dates are subject to the UK Government’s four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and the conditions which must be met before the country is able to move from one step to the next. More details here.

STAY SAFE AND FOLLOW THE LOCKDOWN GUIDELINES

All West Cheshire AC members should be following National Lockdown Guidelines and only exercising within the restrictions, so please abide by the rules and don’t bring the Club into disrepute.

Following the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and the publication of bespoke instructions from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), England Athletics revised the current guidance for athletics and running on January 8th.

PLEASE also remember that Brio Leisure who operate Ellesmere Port Sports Village have closed the facilities until further notice. The EPSV Facility Manager has told the Club not to train at the site, so all scheduled training sessions have been cancelled and the EPSV site remains closed.

We hope you and your family all stay safe and well during this difficult period. Once we know when we can use the athletics track again, we will be back in touch with the new arrangements.

SPEED COACHING WEBINARS

This series of free webinars focuses on developmental topics for the various speed events.

  • 10 March (6.30-8pm): Ensuring your drills are fit for purpose. Hosted by Graham Pilkington
  • 7th April (6.30-8pm): Peaking for Championships. Hosted by Michael Baker
  • 21st April (6.30-8): Coaching Teenagers. Hosted by Mike Leonard

More details can be found here.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

From January 1st 2021, there will be a change to the way in which club members are asked to pay for attending training sessions at Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Rather than paying by cash, members will be asked to top up their accounts online, via a link to our club membership system.

As members attend each session, their accounts will be debited by the cost of each session.
You should by now have received an email from West Cheshire AC, containing a link to the top-up system. From there, you will be able to top-up by between £10 and £100, and set both regular top-up amounts and warnings to prompt you when your account is low.

The cashless payment system will be provided by Nifty Entries, who maintain our current online club membership system. They also provide similar cashless training payments systems to other clubs, on the same basis of only paying for the sessions that you attend, from your own account.

Please let us know if you have any questions, by replying Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

ITEMS NEEDED FOR CHARITY AUCTION FOR CLUB FUNDS

Club coach, Paul Fairweather, and his wife Karen, are planning to organise a charity auction in the next 3-6 months to help raise money for Club funds.

They can host the auction and provide access to a worldwide market of buyers of vinyl and music memorabilia in addition to Sports, TV and Film memorabilia.

In May 2020 Paul and Karen raised £179k for the NHS & Feeding America through a charity auction of items donated by musicians associated with Island Records. There were some amazing lots that were donated and it shows the potential with the right sort of push.

In the North West we obviously have a good pool of musicians, big sporting clubs, and sports/TV stars that people may know who could donate something. 

If you can help or would like to get involved please email Dennis at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

More information can be found at Paul and Karen’s website.

PLEASE HELP TO STAY IN TOUCH

During this lockdown period when all competitions are suspended, I will do my upmost in keeping the Club Newsletter information and other content going.

I would welcome any contributions from yourselves, any impending marriages, or additions to the family, any running or competing incidents, also anything to help everyone stay entertained. Currently the response has been excellent, but if you have anything that could make it into next week’s Newsletter – please email me at: dennis.wall1@ntlworld.com

WOMEN IN COACHING PROGRAMME

The Women in Coaching Programme is a collaboration between England Athletics and British Athletics. The programme will focus on providing development opportunities to help upskill female coaches, officials, volunteers and other support staff whilst also addressing the issues of gender inequality in specific areas of the sport and providing a network and support system for women in athletics and running. Further details can be found here.

COACHING COURSE UPDATE

England Athletics has started to publicise Virtual Coaching Courses on their website. Follow this link to find a list of virtual courses.

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

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COURSE

UK Coaching is organising a course to gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions. The link is here

WEEKLY QUADRATHLON @HOME

Are you missing the buzz of track and field competition while we’re all at home in lockdown? If so, then sign-up for England Athletics new fun weekly track and field Quadrathlon competition – open to anyone aged 9 or over and perfect for setting up at home! Details are here.

UPDATED PROVISIONAL DATES FOR YOUR DIARY…

Subject to Covid-19 rules, West Cheshire AC’s latest revised league season looks like this:

Under 13/Under 15 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Saturday, June 5, (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Saturday, July 17, (at Bebington Oval), and Saturday, September 4 (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

Under 17/Under 20 Youth Development League Merseyside Division: Sunday, May 30 (at Ellesmere Port Sports Village), Sunday, June 27, (at Bebington Oval), Sunday, July 25 (at Bebington Oval), and Sunday, September 5, (at Wavertree, Liverpool).

West Cheshire AC’s North Premier West League squad will open their season on Saturday, May 22, at Blackburn, before heading to Preston on Saturday, June 19, then hosting round three at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, July 4, and concluding the campaign at Trafford, on Sunday, August 1.

West Cheshire AC’s Cheshire League season is scheduled to start at Wrexham’s Queensway Stadium, on Sunday, May 23, before heading to Stockport on Sunday, June 20; East Cheshire on Saturday, July

31, and hosting the final round at Ellesmere Port Sports Village on Sunday, August 29.

HEATHER McLINTOCK’S PHYSIO OFFER

Heather McLintock has been in touch to say she is still able to offer physiotherapy if anyone is injured over this lockdown…Heather knows how important it is to exercise in this time so if she can keep people exercising that would be great. Heather’s email address is: heathermclintock@hotmail.com

RUN LEADER DEVELOPMENT DAYS

England Athletics Run Leader Development Days is a series of informative and engaging workshops aimed at leaders and coaches from affiliated clubs and RunTogether groups. They are designed to bring leaders and coaches together in an environment where they can network and learn from each other by sharing skills and challenges, plus expand their knowledge of managing and growing groups, and enhance their understanding of technical skills in running.

Run Leader Development Days are going virtual for 2021, featuring five interactive webinars (taking place Mon March 1st). Sessions will discuss a mix of topics, tasks, group discussion, Q&As, and the final webinar is based around a virtual practical session. Each webinar will have a lead theme – enabling Run Leaders to develop their knowledge and skills in a wide variety of areas. All five webinars cost £30.

ENGLAND ATHLETICS WEBINARS

A revised list of England Athletics webinars can be found here.

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 – here.

STAYING IN TOUCH WITH DAN GILROY

Our Lifetime Vice-President, Dan Gilroy, passes 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.

LOOKING BACK…

European Indoor Championships memories. Enjoy…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zS-9sCbAcA

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzNNR0IUBhg

www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp_Eq6RvoF0

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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