WIMBORNE ATHLETIC CLUB was established in 1984 and is
run to promote and encourage participation in recreational and
competitive athletics in Wimborne and the surrounding areas for those
aged eight through to adults. Its
principal aims are as follows:
To provide a safe and structured training environment to
encourage children, teenagers and mature athletes to enjoy the
activities and develop their potential.
To organise and run training sessions which enable its
members to attain and maintain competitive fitness levels.
To liaise with schools, parents and other local clubs to
increase awareness of athletics in the area and offer an appropriate
club structure where athletics is sustainable.
To offer competitive opportunities for athletes.
To build up a social structure within the club which has
the merit of team building as well as providing opportunities for
coaches and officers of the Club are largely comprised of individuals
who were athletes or have/had children at the Club as current/previous
athletes, and the Club is run on a voluntary basis.
Club is managed by an Executive Committee, elected annually at an Annual
General Meeting, and working within the Club Constitution and Rules.
Executive Committee meets at least bi-monthly.
Wimborne AC is affiliated to England Athletics, South Of England AA and
Dorset County AA. All members are individually affiliated to England
Athletics by the Club.
The Club is essentially funded by the annual
subscriptions of its members plus track fees levied at each training
session. Other sources of funds are donations, grants and social events.
The majority of its expenditure is accounted for by the hire of indoor
facilities at the QE Leisure Centre.
Equipment also has to be purchased and replaced and fees have to be paid
for affiliation to Athletic bodies and leagues. The Club endeavours to
keep its running expenses to a minimum and attempts to break even on a
elected Club Officers for 2018 are:
||Glyn Davies/Lorraine Winton
The Club endeavours to provide its members with
opportunity to participate in the widest possible selection of events
across the athletic spectrum. To this end, it attempts to recruit,
retain and develop a cross section of coaches who understand the needs
of both the Athletes and the Club and are committed to maximising
potential whilst ensuring that the ethos of enjoyment is always at the
forefront of all activities.
Coaches are available for all the main track and field
disciplines and hold various coaching level qualifications. It is now a
requirement of UK Athletics that all coaches are screened by the
Criminal Records Bureau.
Whilst the Club actively supports and encourages parents
and helpers to become qualified coaches, it also recognises that certain
individuals will freely give up their time to assist the Coaches without
the pressure of qualifying as a Coach. The Club is, therefore,
supportive and grateful to any person who feels they can make a
contribution of their time, however small, to help the Club deliver its
The current list of the Club’s Coaches are:
Jeff Hinsley, Dave Johnson,
Jon Braund, Jeff Hinsley,
Steve Wyatt, Mike Hilborne,
David Brylewski, Phil Whitehurst, Michele Whitehurst,
Kelly Williams, Glyn Davies
Sam Davies, Abbie Hine
Juniors (8 - 10/11 years)
Paula Hine, Gill May, Anita Hayward, Gemma Bragg
Structured competition in athletics commences at UNDER 13
level although there are a limited number of opportunities to compete at
UNDER 11 level on a friendly basis. Age groups for both sexes follow this
pattern: UNDER 13 – UNDER 15 – UNDER 17 – UNDER 20 – SENIOR. Competitors
must be under the age limit on 31 August in the year in which they are
competing. In effect, this means that they compete for two seasons at each
of the junior age groups.
Wimborne AC competes in its own right in the Southwest and
Wessex leagues and as part of Team Dorset (composite team) in the Young
Athletes and Southern Athletic leagues.
Dependant upon venue and numbers, the Club may provide
transport to and from competition venues. Athletes and parents wishing to
avail themselves of such transport (usually coach or minibus) are asked to
pay a contribution towards the cost. Parents able and willing to car share
to such competitions offer a more economic prospect for the Club, enabling
limited funds to be redirected.
Membership of the Club is a pre-requisite for competing
for the Club. Athletes representing the Club at competitions are required
to wear Club colours; club vests available from the Treasurer at
subsidised prices. Athletes are required to conduct themselves in a
professional manner when travelling to and representing the Club at such
fixtures. The Club also trains for and competes in the indoor SPORTSHALL
series run during the winter as well as several locally run cross-country
Track & Field
The Club currently runs three track & field training sessions
Saturday 09:45 – 11:40 at Queen Elizabeth Leisure
Centre. All age groups and covering a selection of events with
particular emphasis for younger athletes on enjoyment and variety.
Essentially, an outdoor session but with the option to use the main hall
in adverse weather conditions. All year round training.
Wednesday 18:00-20:00 at Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre. Variations in
time will occur by age group and are dependent on summer or winter
training. Please check with coaches about specific timings. From 1st
November 2017 the session time for the older athletes will be
18:30-19:45. Dave Pearson and Trudi Carter will continue to take
specific pole vault training between 19:45 and 20:30. The junior
group's session (with Paula Hine) remains unchanged (18:00-19:45). From
the beginning of November we have access to limited indoor facilities
between 18:00 and 20:00. However, please ensure you always arrive in
suitable clothing for training outside.
Thursday 18:30 – 20:00 at Blandford camp (includes
endurance). Please ask coaches about access arrangements.’
The Club makes a charge of £2 for each training session attended to help cover the cost of
hiring the facilities.
Athletes are expected to take personal responsibility
for their conduct and behaviour at Club training sessions. They are
expected to dress appropriately dependent on weather conditions and
participating events, bring adequate drinks and ensure they partake in
the warm-up routines to minimise the chance of injury.
WAC extended its Clubmark status in
December 2012 after the club’s detailed
application submission was approved by England Athletics.
Clubmark is a
nationally recognised accreditation scheme open to all sporting
clubs. It was established to provide a platform from which
organisations can build a sustainable future by ensuring that they
provide a safe, effective and child friendly club
Clubmark has 4 key areas:
Duty of Care & welfare
Sports equity and ethics
The coaching and
If you have any questions
about Clubmark specifically or how the club operates generally, please
feel free to contact Glyn Davies on 01202 880862 or via
The Club’s presentation evening is usually held in
November and offers the opportunity to reward athletes for good
performances and recognition of individuals for their contribution
towards the success of the Club over the previous year.
Additionally we aim to run further social events for the
enjoyment of members and as a boost to fundraising. Athletes and parents
are requested to submit ideas for such events and assist with organising
and running them.
In addition to the Track and Field disciplines, the Club
has a Road Running section. This group consists of mixed ages and
abilities and meets regularly for training sessions. Teams are entered
for various (mainly local) league races, but many also choose to travel
farther a field, occasionally abroad for special events.
Race distances range from 5k to Marathon and beyond.
The section organises the very successful
WIMBORNE 10 (mile) race each year, which attracts strong athletes from a wide
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