Wimborne Athletic Club

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About Wimborne Athletic Club

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 fundraising.

Wimborne AC Structure

The 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.

The Club is managed by an Executive Committee, elected annually at an Annual General Meeting, and working within the Club Constitution and Rules.

The 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 and outdoor 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 year-on-year basis.

The elected Club Officers for 2018 are:

Role Name
Chairman Jason Hall
General Secretary Glyn Davies
Treasurer Richard Nunn
Membership Secretary Richard Nunn
Development Officer Trudy Carter
Communications Co-ordinator Various
Coaching Secretary Paul Green
Social Secretary Lesley Davies
Equipment Officer Paul Hine
Welfare Officers Glyn Davies/Lorraine Winton
Competition Co-ordinator Paula Hine
Roadrunners Representative Nick Solomon
Statistician Steve Henderson

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 coaching aims.

The current list of the Club’s Coaches are:

Sprints Steve Snook,  Steve Henderson
Hurdles Ed Arnold,  Paula Hine
Pole Vault Dave Pearson, Trudy Carter
Long / Triple Jump   Lorraine Winton, Jason Hall
High Jump Peter Impett
Throws Glyn Davies, Ashley Long
Middle Distance
Ian Kennedy, Jon Braund,  Jeff Hinsley,  Dave Johnson,
Richard Davies
Road Running Jon Braund, Jeff Hinsley,  Jerry Shield, Nick Solomon,
Steve Wyatt, Mike Hilborne, David Brylewski, Phil Whitehurst, Michele Whitehurst, Kelly Williams, Glyn Davies
Other Coaches 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 fixtures.

Track & Field

The Club currently runs three track & field training sessions per week.

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 environment.

Clubmark has 4 key areas:

  1. Club Management
  2. Duty of Care & welfare
  3. Sports equity and ethics
  4. The coaching and competition programme

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 glynjen50@gmail.com

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 geographical area.

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