AAC’s March 2010 Newsletter

March 23rd, 2010 by Suzanne


Youngest member – Congratulations to Julie Stuart-Smith, the Club’s Treasurer, who had a lovely baby boy, James Gordon.

Walking Coach - Chris Hobbs has started his race walking coaching on 4th February 2010. Sessions will take place once a month on a Tuesday for beginners and an improver’s session once a month on a Thursday – please see website for full details.
Coaching for these athletes will take place in Lanes 1 and 2 on these days so please make sure that you read all the notices on the notice board when you attend for training to check the lane rules for each training night.

Snowman Competition - Thanks to everyone who entered the snowman competition – there were some really fabulous entries. The prize for the first entry received was awarded to Callum Burgess. The Judges then looked at all the entries and awards were given as follows:
1st Prize – Mary Coleman
2nd Prize – The Bamfords
3rd Prize – Callum Burgess
Thanks also to Ciara Ewart, Daniel Steadman and Brendan Foster for their entries and also to Ted Hawkins – did anyone guess correctly: how did Ted write in the snow on his roof?
Photos are on the website as well as on the noticeboard next to the chute at the Stadium.

Sportshall – At the sportshall competition in Ramsgate, AAC took part with good performances & pb’s from both teams. The U13s girls team 1 won and the U13s boys won the team event as there were no other teams to compete against.
Lewis Chuch from Seven Oaks won the event, with AAC athletes in the next 4 places Ben Phillips came 2nd, Ben Isaac 3rd, Kieran Regan 4th, Daniel Steadman 5th and Zac Shaikh 8th.
Ben Isaac also won athlete of the match T Shirt for his standing long jump of 2.22m.
On 6 March, Kayleigh Miller-Leslie & Lauren Bamford took part in an indoor pentathlon competition, at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre where they came 2nd (kayleigh) & 3rd (lauren) out of 22 competitors.
Kayleigh won the 60m Hurdles 9.9 pb also got a pb in high jump 1.41m.was in 2nd place going into the last event (800m). Kayleigh who had not raced an 800m before, ran a very sound 2.55.6 to hold on to the silver medal.
Lauren came 2nd in long jump with a pb of 4.43m & pb’s in shot 6.95m & Hurdles 10.33, Lauren was 6th going into the last event, the 800m which she has competed well in previously, she dug deep & ran a fantastic race (2.42) almost catching the race leader on the line, and took herself into the bronze medal position.

Road Running Update
It has been a busy few weeks for Ashford ACs road runners.

Sunday, 21 February 2010 – Isle of Oxney Hot Soup 5 Mile Dash – Ashford AC team of Kevin William, Matt Hogben and John Norman won the men’s team prize by finishing 1st, 4th and 28th respectively. Lesley Hall won the women’s race finishing 14th overall adding to a very successful day all round for Ashford AC. Kevin Williams reported back that “the marshals & organisers were very friendly and I did appreciate a hot soup at the end of the race! The event was well run. I think this 5 mile dash could make its mark in the running calendar as a very fast course and worth a future visit.”

Sussex Beacon Half Marathon Brighton 21st January – Janine Brown battled in the heavy rain and windy conditions to 9th place as part of her build up to the World Police Marathon Championships in Prague this May.

Ashford and District 10k 7th February
Kevin Williams- 37.51
Janine Brown -40.29
Matthew Isles- 41.45
Lesley Hall- 43.32
Kate Austen supported her Mum, by keeping her company during the race so we won’t mention Kate’s time!

Canterbury 10miles 31st January – Under 20 Warren Uden made his racing debut over 10miles. He recorded a time of 1hr: 10mins:08 to finish 100th out of over 800 athletes.

Cross Country Kent League – Congratulations to the under 15 boys team who finished 3rd overall and to Isobel Dickinson who finished in 3rd place in the under 20 women’s individual competition.
Grace makes England Debut
Grace Nicholls raced for England in an international cross country race in Belgium and finished in 2nd place in the under 20 women’s race just behind her England Team mate Kate Avery.

Coaches – Congratulations to:
Pam Lowe who has recently passed her Level Two Jumps qualifications;
Derek Laws, John Bancroft and Stella Bandu who have been awarded places on the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme; and
Chris Hobbs who is now part of the Area Coach Development Programme for endurance coaches.
New athlete induction programme ur15/u17/u20 aged athletes-started February 2010
A new induction programme has started for new athletes in these age groups. The programme is being be led by the coaching team of Pete, Claire, Pam and Mary with membership admin back up from Kate to ensure that the newcomers fill out all their paperwork. The programme will last 4 weeks.
Athletes and their parents will be given an AAC information leaflet and at the first induction session (first Tuesday every month) the AAC code of practice for parents will be explained along with the rules and dos and don’ts!
Training sessions will cover the fundamentals (how to warm up, do basic drills and skills, etc.) and a fitness assessment. Athletes will also have the opportunity to do taster event specific sessions. After 4 weeks athletes will have a feedback session with one of the coaches and then be allocated an event group coach based on what they would like to do and their needs.
The aim of the new programme is to provide newcomers with a general introduction to AAC and athletics in a supportive environment. If you want to know more about the new induction programme ask Stella.

Clothing – There have been reports of athletes training in their school shoes and/or on occasion flip-flops. Any athlete who arrives for training with inappropriate footwear will be sent home. Athletes should be wearing good quality trainers or spikes when they arrive for training. In addition they need to wear appropriate clothing – shorts, tracksuits, loose tops and a jacket to keep warm after training as well as drinking plenty of fluids. It is the current guideline that athletes are encouraged to eat something within 30 minutes of completing their training in order to keep the body well balanced.

Transport – AAC will once again be providing free coaches to away meetings for all SML, SWL, and NATYAL leagues as well as one from the NJL. Your team manager will distribute details of start/end pick up times.

Open Meeting – AAC will host their first Open Meeting in 2010 – on 28th August. Please put this date in your diary. If you would like to help run the open meeting, could you please contact Dominique Huxley?

Kent Coach and Athlete Development Day – The next session will take place on Sunday 28th March at the Julie Rose Stadium from 10am to 15.30. All coaches are welcome to attend. For further information ask Stella or view the website on www.kentathleticssquad.org

Team Managers – Our current dedicated Team Managers for the boys and girls in the National Junior League will be stepping down at the end of this season. If you would like to help out in this role for 2011, then the current Team Managers would love to hear from you and talk you through this season in order to prepare you for next year – please speak to your Team Manager.

New Equipment for AAC – New equipment will be purchased for indoor training and stored in the current pod in the chute and in half an additional pod which Ashford Leisure Trust have cleared to give us some additional storage space.

Vouchers – AAC is collecting Tescos for Schools and Clubs vouchers and Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers – please hand them into Kate at the desk

Julie Rose Statue – The launch of the new statue will take place at the Julie Rose Stadium on Thursday 22nd April starting at 6pm to include the Alligators. All athletes from the Club are invited to attend including the U13s and the Julie Rose Juniors. It would be fantastic if everyone could wear his or her yellow club competition shirts on this night. Members of the press will be present and members of the Council along with the parents of Julie Rose who will open the event.

New Volunteer – The Club are very pleased to announce that we have a new official, Jackie Gilchrist who will be joining us for the 2010 season. Thank you to Jackie who joins the Club with lots of experience.

Rubbish – A reminder that all athletes and coaches should clear the area of the Stadium where they have been training of all rubbish before leaving the Stadium.

Signs – AAC has purchased some new 3m x 1m signs, which will be installed in the next few weeks alongside the track on the Stadium’s fence. New banners for Team Managers to use at home and away meetings have now been purchased and distributed.

Special Notice: Inhalers – Any athlete that needs to use an inhaler for health purposes needs to complete a form and send it back to UK Athletics. Only when UKA have your form, would you be exempt from the rules, which ban the use of a range of drugs, including those used in certain inhalers. This form can be downloaded from AAC’s website under About Us/Welfare.

Throws coaching – Dave Fox will be coaching shot and discus at the quarry end of the Stadium from Thursday 8th April and every Thursday thereafter throughout the summer season. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced thrower, Dave will be pleased to coach you.

Olympic Site Visit – The Club has requested a group booking to view the Olympic site and is on a waiting list for a date and will organise a coach to take us to the site for a free visit. There will be a charge for the coach – details to follow when a date is known.
In the meantime if you would like to visit the site (I think for up to 4 people – but please check), there is an hour long trip where visitors can see all the major venues including the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre taking shape and learn about the environmental and community programmes running on the Olympic Park. Tours run on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6pm and on Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. You can book tours up to three months in advance by calling the booking line on 0300 2012 001 – the booking line is open Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm. Visitors over the age of 16 must present valid photographic identification (valid passport or driver’s licence) on the day of the visit and access to the site will be denied if this identification is not produced.

AGM – The Club’s AGM will take place on Monday 12th April at the Julie Rose Stadium. The evening will begin at 7pm with a presentation to athletes and parents on preparing for the summer competitions to include nutrition information, understanding the Leagues, grievance procedure, kit necessities and warming up etc. and our Head Coach will be giving a short presentation. All parents, athletes and supporters are welcome.

Spikes – The Club has had some complaints that athletes are entering the buildings at the Stadium and climbing up the steps of the grandstand with their spikes on. This will damage and chip the steps and the floor of the buildings. Could you please make sure that you remove your spikes before entering the buildings.

Volunteers needed – In order to ensure the smooth running of each home meeting, AAC are looking for a volunteer Meetings Manager. They would need to have keen admin skills and be prepared to attend each home meeting to coordinate all the various agencies – officials, athletes, and results, St John’s Ambulance etc. If you are interested in helping out with this role, could you please speak to Mary Davison?
In addition to a Meetings Manager, AAC are very keen to encourage people to become timekeepers for both home and away matches. Our current time keepers have limited time for attending this year and it is a requirement for each Club to have a certain amount of time keepers for each meeting, otherwise points are lost to the Club. If you are interested in learning this skill, could you please speak to Mary Davison? Courses and mentoring are available.

Fees – Please remember that if you are attending the Stadium outside of training hours which are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8.00 pm, you must pay the Stadium the £2.50 fee for using the facilities. This is regardless whether it is an AAC coach taking the session or not. The exception to this request is the Wednesday evening session where Chas and John Bamcroft have booked out the chute – those attending the Stadium for a session with Derek must pay the £2.50 fee to the Stadium. Likewise those athletes using the facilities to train with Mike Mein for hurdles or long jump training, must pay the Stadium fee. If you arrive at 4.30pm for a session before the usual training session you are still liable to pay the Stadium fee. This money goes directly towards the upkeep of the Stadium. On training nights, the club pays the Stadium a hiring fee and recovers this sum through the £2.50 training charge which is collected by Club volunteers.

Fixtures – As is usual at this time of year, fixture dates are important to know. All dates are now confirmed and have been placed on the website on the diary on the homepage and a fixture card will be distributed to all members shortly.

Need for Speed Challenge – Ashford AC Athletes – Have the ‘Need 4 Speed’.   Over the past four months 111 athletes and coaches from Ashford Athletic Club have been competing in a monthly 30m Sprint challenge called the ‘Need 4 Speed’. The challenge involved athletes and coaches runnsing over a 30m distance from a standing start and timed by a set of electronic timing gates.
In female challenge the top athlete was U20 Sprinter and Jumper Rachel Hanagan who sped to a time of 4.371s a time beat many of the male times.
In the men’s challenge U20 Sprinter Tom Chambers was top of the rankings with a time of 3.879s.
In the Coaches challenge Sprints/Jumps Coach Pete Le Rossignol was the fastest male coach running 4.420s and Fiona Sime won the female coach event with a time of 5.668s.
7 young athletes that attend the Ashford AC Alligators disability club on a Thursday took part in the challenge and winner of the girls event was Alice Wells with 6.599s and in boys event the winner was Adam Watson who ran 4.928s.
Well Done to all the athletes and coaches that took part in the challenge lookout for details of the summer challenge coming up and further challenges next winter!!!
Finally Thank You to Claire Le Rossingnol for compiling all the results and managing the challenge throughout the winter months.
Full results can be found on the Ashford Athletic Club website – www.ashfordathleticclub.org.uk

Chairman – Due to other commitments, AAC’s current Chairman, Dominique Huxley, will be stepping down at the AGM.

Ashford AC Code of Conduct – A new Code of Conduct has been adopted by the Club and this can be viewed on AAC’s website.

Fundraising/Social Committee – Unfortunately due to lack of support this Committee will not now be formed. Thank you to those who did volunteer.

The new Subscription Year Starts on April 1st.2010. New Membership and Membership Renewal forms are available on the Membership page of www.ashfordathleticclub.org.uk and at the club desk on training nights from Tuesday March23rd.

Induction Evening – The next induction evening for new athletes will take place on Tuesday 6th April 2010 at 6pm at the Julie Rose Stadium. All new athletes and their parents are welcome.

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