Dear athlete and parent,
Following from our communication on Yate AC website and our newsletter on 31st January, you will be aware that Mark Lodge and Phil Lucker have set up their own Athletics club. Due to this it has been agreed that Phil and Mark will no longer be coaching for us/Yate AC at the 7.00-8.30 Tuesday and Thursday evening club sessions, this is to avoid a potential conflict. We appreciate that this can be disruptive to athletes and do understand the bond between athlete and coach can be special. We apologise for not communicating with you sooner but as you can imagine we had lots of things to get sorted in a short time!
We thank Mark and Phil for all their contributions over the past many years. Mark and his family have spent many hours supporting YOSC and the athletes for this we are greatly appreciative.
Yate have many other coaches who are all ready to talk with you to discuss your training needs at the times when Mark and Phil would have been coaching. Please do come along as usual to your Tuesday and Thursday training sessions where one of the Yate coaches led by Jeremy Dale will be available to help you meet the other coaches and discuss your individual training and competing ambitions.
Do feel free to grab anyone in a Yate AC green jumper if you would like to discuss anything further or have any concerns.
Many thanksYate and District AC
We are holding our first event of the outdoor season on Saturday 24th March at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex.
Entries are now open, go to the fixtures section and scroll down to find the details or use the click here on the front page under our Sprints and Hurdles entry form.
This is a great opportunity to register a height or distance which will go on ‘power of 10’ and will allow our team managers to see your performances when selecting our teams.
If you are new to competition, being at our home track this is the best way to start your competitive season, surrounded by faces you know. Go on give it a go, we will be on hand should you have any concerns on the day!
Entries for our Sprints and Hurdles Open on Sunday 8th April 2018 are now available.
Click on the link below and enter NOW!
Entries filled up so quickly last year many club members missed out on this popular event.
Entries will be limited again this year so when its Full its Full!
Click on the link and enter now if you intend to!
31st January 2018
You may have recently heard that Yate & District AC coaches Mark Lodge and Phil Lucker have decided to form a new Club. We wish them all the best in their new venture and thank them for all their great contribution to our club over the years.
For our part, following last year’s success in YDL, Midland League and Avon Track and Field, the club is looking forward to a busy and exciting year ahead. Before our track closes for a £800,000 refurbishment, at the end of July we are planning to celebrate our 35 year anniversary.
As well as our usual Sprints and Hurdles competition, Yate AC are also planning a Jumps and Throws Open in March and hosting three other Opens on Wednesday evenings in partnership with Bristol & West AC and Avon AA.
We are actively exploring alternative arrangements for when our track will be out of action. Although this may cause some temporary disruption we will try to minimise this. However, we firmly believe it to be worth it and see it as fundamental in securing the long-term future of the club at YOSC.
This is a tremendously exciting time and we would like to thank our members for their continued support, whether it be coaching, training, officiating, competing, team managing or general assistance, in making Yate & District AC a vibrant and successful community club. Should you wish to get involved we have a number of volunteer opportunities, please contact one of the committee members for more details.
Yate & District Athletic Club
Great news, Hannah Hobbs won Gold in Spain at the international XC at Seville. Hannah won the U20 classification and was second overall! Congratulations to her and her Coach Pat Gallagher what an amazing achievement!
Also listed below are those Yate/Westbury athletes who competed on 20/01/18 in the Avon schools XC @ Blaise, again great results all round well done!
Have we missed anyone?
Seamus Robinson – 2nd
Ceredig Jones – 23rd
Abdi Hasan – 2nd
Bryn Davies – 3rd
James Harrod – 5th
Greg Haywood – 9th
Fred Stewart – 16th
Ben Rawlins – 6th
Aiden Noble – 8th
Ben Whitaker – 9th
Hugh Tarren – 11th
Laura Chance – 4th
Clemmie Lee – 8th
Abbie Woodworth – 10th
Taniya Gosh – 11th
Dalice Jones – 1st
Kate Howard – 2nd
Rosie Hamilton-James – 1st
Rhiannon Paton – 5th
Emily Whitaker – 6th
Charlotte (Lottie) Livesey – 7th
Rosie Allen – 3rd
Phoebe Gould – 6th
In addition to Hannah Hobbs on International duty, there were several of our athletes not running due to injury and illness. Hopefully they will have been put forward for SW XC selection.
The SW XC teams will be published on the Avon Schools web site within the next couple of days.
A few news items
Firstly congratulations to the Yate and Westbury athletes for their results in the SW Cross Country Champs and the SW Indoor Champs. Results are on our website (http://yateac.co.uk/homepage/2018-2)
The entries are now open for the Birmingham indoor on 24/02/18 we always try and make this a good club outing so give it a go, its in the Birmingham NIA, great atmosphere and a good day out!
Just to let you all know the track will be closed from Saturday Afternoon 23rd December and re open Tuesday 2nd January 2018 So the last Club session will be on Saturday Morning 23rd and start again Tuesday evening 2nd.
Matt Spicer has been working hard on the history of the club for this season just gone and further back in time and has sent in the post below.
With the year drawing to an end, we thought now would be a great time to look back at everything that has happened at the club, during what was generally a very successful Track & Field season.
So, we created a ‘2017 Review’ which can now be viewed under our new ‘Club History’ section of the website. http://yateac.co.uk/about-the-club/club-history/2017-2/ This page documents a number of things, including club competitions, league placings, individual achievements and general club news.
As you may appreciate, in a sport with so many age groups and events, there are so many things to report, that we unfortunately may miss things from time to time. Please accept our apologies if this has been the case.
Next season, please pass on your reports and photographs and we will do our utmost to try and record it on the 2018 webpage.
As we look towards 2018, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you that our AGM has been deferred until the New Year, in the hope that we will be able to share, in more detail, what we hope could be some very good news regarding the re-laying of the track. We will share with you the AGM details as soon as we can.
Finally, for those of you still doing your Christmas shopping online, we remind you that we have an ‘EasyFundraising’ account and that every time you shop online, you could also be getting a large retailer to make a small contribution to our club. For more details look here: http://yateac.co.uk/fundraising/online-shopping/
Our thanks to Matt for all his hard work on the research and web site.
With Schools breaking up at the end of this week there may not be many training session left so ‘We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy new Year’
The 2018 Avon Schools fixtures list is out…. http://www.avonschoolsathletics.org.uk/calendar.html
Entries are now open for the second day in Cardiff.
Welsh Athletics Junior Open Regional Championships Day 2.
Entries are now open for the Welsh Athletics Junior Open Regional Championships Day 2, which incorporates the South West England indoor championships. This event takes place at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 6th January, and there are medals to be won for the top three athletes in each age group from each region (South Wales, East Wales, South West England).
The events available are:
U13 Girls – 60m, 60m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Shot Put
U15 Girls – 60m, 60m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Shot Put, Pole Vault
U17 Women – 60m, 60m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump, Pole Vault
U13 Boys – 60m, 60m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump
U15 Boys – 60m, 60m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump, Pole Vault
U17 Men – 60m, 60m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump, Pole Vault
Please note that U13 and U15 athletes CANNOT compete in 800m and 1500m on the same day. Entry numbers for field events are capped at 40 athletes per event, with only 8 spaces allocated to South West England athletes. Entries close on December 15th.
The cost is £6 per event for one event, £12 for two events or £15 for three events. Spectators do have to pay £3 for the privilege of watching and there is parking available at 50p for the day – although arrive in good time as spaces are limited.
Go to Welshathletics.org/competitions or follow the link for more info and the online entry form:http://www.welshathletics.org/competitions/events/track–field/2018/january/welsh-athletics-junior-open–southeast-wales-regional-championships-day-2.aspx
Midland Counties Athletic Association 2018 Indoor Meetings
Entries are now open for the first two Midland Counties Athletic Association indoor open meetings. The dates are January 6th/7th and January 27th/28th. An ‘open meeting’ means that any athlete registered with England Athletics through and affiliated Club, can take part – there are no minimum standards to reach before you can enter – and, in case you were wondering, Avon and Gloucestershire are officially part of the Midland Counties Athletic Association. These two opens are held in the High Performance Centre adjacent to the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. It’s a straightforward journey of around 1 hr 45 minutes. The HPC is a ‘smallish’ indoor venue but it does have a full 100m indoor track. There is plenty of free parking but you will need to take your own chairs! This is mainly an indoor competition, with events for the U13 age group and above, but it does include outdoor throws. The events on offer are:
Saturday 6th and 27th January: High Jump, Long Jump, Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Javelin, Hammer
Sunday 7th and 28th January: 60m, 60mH, Shot, Discus
The cost is £7 per event, and you get two races in both the 60m and 60mH events for your £7. Closing dates for online entry are 21st December for the first weekend and 12th January for the second weekend, although entries will close early if full capacity has been reached.
For more information, and to enter online, go to the Midland Counties Athletics Association website or follow the link:https://mcaa.athletics-uk.org/midlandcounties/2018/default.asp
Please note that the second day of the South West England championships for U13, U15 and U17 age groups in Cardiff is also on Saturday 6th January.