In line with Government Guidelines Junior and Senior T&F training will re-commence on Tuesday 30thMarch, numbers will still be restricted so please contact your Coach well in advance to confirm your attendance, potential new members should email – firstname.lastname@example.org to ascertain when they will be able to attend training sessions. We are very pleased to confirm that subject to Coaches availability we will be providing additional training sessions on days and times other than our normal Tuesday & Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Unfortunately, our Minors coaches still feel that maintaining a Covid-secure environment whilst satisfying the very considerable numbers that regularly attend the Sunday Minors sessions will not be achievable, we will therefore not re-commence these sessions until Step 4 of the EA Roadmap has been reached, the first meeting will be on Sunday 27th June.
Given the huge popularity of our Open Graded Meetings we feel it will be impossible to maintain social distancing and remain fully compliant with the regulations required to maintain a Covid-secure environment, we will therefore not be resuming these meetings until after Step 4 of the EA Roadmap has been reached on the 21st June with the first meeting being on Wednesday 30th June, entries will open on 3rd June.
There seems to be little doubt that Boris will announce another full lockdown this evening, but regardless as to whether he does or not I do reluctantly agree that we should cease training immediately, I am aware of 3 cases at the track in the lead up to Christmas and the app that I’ve been reporting on for the last 7-8 months is advising of a 90% increase in cases in Watford last week to 2053, I believe the local population is circa 150000 so the infection rate is horrendously high.
The NHS is clearly at bursting point and I believe we all have a personal responsibility to take whatever measures we can to contain the spread as best we can, there is a committee meeting scheduled for next Monday so we can review again then.
As you will hopefully see from our latest e-bulletin we have re-launched the Athletics and Running @Home section of the EA website and re-posted some content from the first lockdown, plus some additional content that has been developed by various colleagues at EA. We have launched new virtual challenges for you to try at home or whilst out running with others from your household or 1 other person outside of your household. Visit https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/ to see the full range on content available
Over the next few weeks we will be running the following webinars, forums and training courses:
9th November, Learning Disability in Sport Awareness Workshop – developed through a partnership between Mencap Sport and Special Olympics Great Britain this workshop looks at learning disability and sport. It aims to help clubs, coaches and providers of sport understand how to support people with a learning disability to access sporting opportunities in an inclusive environment. Please contact Jon Stonebridge on email@example.com for more information and to book a place
25 November, Meet the Athletics Pride Network – Introducing the Athletics Pride Network to the athletics family through sharing its purpose and goals, offering guidance in relation to LGBTQ+ inclusion in clubs and highlighting the resources available to the LGBTQ+ community in the sport. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and find out more how the Network can provide guidance to make athletics an even more LGBTQ+ friendly sport.
A recording of last weeks webinar on the latest plans for coach and leader education over the autumn / winter will also be posted on these pages over the next couple of days
New Guidance Announced
As I’m sure everyone is aware from today (5th November) until 2nd December the UK government is requiring everyone to stay at home except for specific purposes and not to mix with people from other households, again except for specific purposes. Our latest guidance reflects these changes and outlines full details of all activities that have been suspended as a result. More details can be found at https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/new-guidance-announced-for-athletics-and-running-following-latest-national-lockdown-restrictions/ and we will continue to update the guidance as we get clarity on some outstanding queries. We will as ever attempt to get clarity on how any lifting of restrictions impacts our guidance in advance of 2nd December when the current lockdown is due to end.
Speed & Power Virtual Conference (14-15 Nov) From the comfort of your own home, our Speed & Power Virtual Conference will put you in front of elite-level athletes and coaches, strength and conditioning experts and leaders in sport psychology who will present on technique, training, planning, physical prep, plyometrics and the mindset to pull it all together! Our speaker presentations, split over two days, will focus on a range of topics and will offer a fantastic development opportunity to improve technical, tactical and psychological understanding of how to coach speed and generate power from athletes. Our conference aims to benefit individuals including coaches, leaders and athletes in athletics, running and other sports – plus all attendees will be offered FREE access to the EXOS Absolute Speed module (normally £147) and will be able to access recordings of all sessions post-event! Discounts are available for individuals registered with an affiliated EA club. For more information and to book visit https://www.englandathletics.org/speedpowerconf
International Virtual Youth Development Conference (5-6 Dec) We’re delighted to be hosting our International Virtual Youth Development Conference! If you’re a coach or leader working with young athletes (U18s), and you want to ensure they have a positive athletics experience and maximise their potential, then BOOK NOW as our conference is for you! Our two-day International Virtual Youth Development Conference will be hosted via Zoom and will feature a fantastic line-up of speakers who will deliver engaging presentations and sessions across the weekend. As an added bonus, all attendees will also be given three months FREE access to the Athletics 365 XL App content. Discounts available for individuals registered with an EA affiliated club. For more information and to book your place visit https://www.englandathletics.org/youthdevconf
➢ Treasurer’s Report – Mark Wales (Adoption of the accounts to 31.03.2020)
➢ Election of Officers
o Vice Chairmano Treasurer
o Secretaryo Welfare Officer
o Membership Secretary
o Marketing Manager
o Social Media Controller
o Infrastructure Manager
o Coaching Coordinator
(The Chairman & Vice Chairman have expressed their wish to continue)
With so many positions vacant it is essential that you become involved in the organisation of the club to ensure its continued existed. If you are interested in a position you can express your interest in advance or ask to be considered on the night. If more than one person is interested in a position a vote will be taken of members present.
➢ Any Other Business
(topics can be forwarded in advance to ensure covered)
The agenda is flexible but all of the above will be covered. The meeting is expected to last approximately one hour. Please show your support.
Janet Tayler and Family wish to thank everyone who has contacted them with kind messages, cards and flowers, they are all very much appreciated, Vaughan received outstanding care in his final days at The Hospice of St Francis, Spring Garden Lane, Berkhamsted, HP4 3GW and it is the families wish that anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory should do so to this Hospice.
As stated on the 1st June the club remains closed. We appreciate this is a difficult time and we hope to be up and running again sometime in the very near future. As per government and england athletics guidelines, athletes are allowed to meet up in groups of up to 6, but social distancing must be adhered. Please note these will not be considered official Watford Harriers sessions.