CHAIRMANS REPORT FOR THE AGM HELD ON FEBRUARY 27th 2020
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. https://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: https://yateac.co.uk/fundraising/online-shopping/
Do you shop online? If you do, easyfundraing could earn the club cash while you shop. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ydac/ Its simple to register and easy use.
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’
Just a quick thank you for those members who turned up on Saturday to help get ready for the new season.
The Long/triple jump pits were swept and dug, new Discus, hammer, shot and Block racks were put together, new competition blocks sorted out, the sun even shone which is always a bonus. Thank you.
With our Sprints and Hurdles open having filled up so quickly, you may need some more ‘opens’ to attend, to get this years performances onto Power of 10. You can always check ‘power of 10’ ‘fixtures’ for the opens you are able to attend.
First up is Bath field fest on 02/04/17, entries close on Wednesday so there may still be chance to enter.
After our Sprints and Hurdles on 09/04/17 (if you are new to all this and were not quite sure weather to enter or not come along and watch and find out its not too frightening)! are the Mendip opens at Millfield on 4th and 25th May and the Bristol open on 23rd May.
Also worth a check are the Exeter Harriers ac & Cheltenham ac web sites for details of their opens, all of which are good events and give everyone opportunities to compete and push for selection for one of our teams in, Avon track and field, Youth Development or Midland, leagues.
On that note don’t forget to let the team managers for the YDL U17/U20 and Midland leagues (u17 and above) what dates and events you are available for. If you do not let them know how will they know you can compete?
Best of luck
Just to let you all know, unless you have made arrangements with your coach, tomorrow (Thursday 22nd December) will be the last training session at YOSC until Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
I hope you have a great Christmas and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our new years party at YOSC on Saturday 31/12/16!
We have had a great season, staying in Div 1 of the Midland league and premier of the YDL U17/20 & gaining promotion to the premier division in YDL U13/U15. Next year, I am sure a whole new set of challenges will confront us, I am also sure we will be up to them together.
A huge thank you to everyone who has helped this year, athletes, team manager, officials, coaches and parents, without you all, this club would not be what it is now and will become in the future.
Have a wonderful holiday and here’s to a great 2017 season!
Monday, June 22, 2015
I think I’ve said before that the South West Schools Championships is the biggest meeting that many of we officials go to. With teams from the seven south west counties the days starts early and ends late and it’s all go in between. To make up for that the Exeter stadium always lays on a pretty spectacular buffet for officials to graze on through the day. I’m particularly fond of the little curried pasties!I was a marksman this year. Until you’ve done it it’s hard to appreciate just how much walking around there is. Chief marksman, Kieron, is an old friend and working with him is a pleasure. But by the time Lesley and I were getting our evening meal from Uncle Wong’s in Yate both of us were about out on our feet.How did Avon athletes do? Well, a kind of pattern emerged. Three of our middle distance runners fell. Aidan Noble started it rolling, tripping in the 1500m, finishing the race but well short of what he could reasonably have hoped to do. Two others fell within feet of winning their races. One girl managing to practically crawl across the line for a silver medal. The boy – possibly the most exciting find of the day – going down within sight of a really fast time.Tyler Moulton won his hammer event for the second year running and the rest of Matt Spicer’s & Paul Thorne’s hammer group also acquitting themselves very well.
Lesley has sweated blood over this meeting, because this year she has found herself doing it all on her own. I wrote last week how our dining table is event HQ for Avon Schools and this year there was a YDL match the following day, which also had its own corner of the table.
It would have been nice to report that Yate won their home match, but that proved too difficult. This time it was boy hurdlers who fell. (What is going on????!!!) Daniel Brooks and Jack Holbrook looked impressive from my vantage point at the top of the timekeepers stand.
My call for volunteers, initially to run the results programme, resulted in eight people coming forward to help. So I must express my gratitude to all of them for playing a key part in making sure that the day ran smoothly. In particular I must than Sophie Reed and Georgia Taylor who operated the computer so that results could be published. In record time, I understand.
All in all, a very pleasant day’s athletics, though very windy. Lesley now as the English Schools team to sort out and administer. But an end is in sight. Sixteen days before we set off for France to watch the daughter compete in Geneva. Have I told you about that? You must be one of the very few!!!
I don’t know about you lot, but I would happily never watch an athletics match on BBC for the rest of my life.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m interested in the athletics and want to know how our athletes compare with those from the rest of the world. But the way the BBC presents the sport is enough to turn even the most enthusiastic fan into a growling bundle of discontent.
Phrases that strike a chill into the heart of this viewer at least: “Over to Colin Jackson for his analysis.” “X is trackside with Phil.” “What did you make of that, Denise?”
Especially if you can see in the background an athlete running up to the long jump or the shot – or anything at all really. I would rather watch the bag carriers doing their work than listen to any more embarrassing interviews with breathless athletes, or babbling chatter between Colin and Denise.
Perfectly decent people, I hope you’ll agree, and, in Denise’s case, easy on the eye – but what exactly do they contribute to our experience of watching athletics?
What is missing, particularly in the coverage of field events, is any sense of the match developing. Take Saturday’s long jump competition. Great that Greg Rutherford won, but where was the tension? The developing rivalry with the Chinese athlete? The other athletes?
So – how would I do it if I were in charge?
First off – get rid of Colin Jackson. And Phil. Put the other presenters on notice that they’ve got to be sharper and quicker and if they utter one more meaningless platitude they’ll be out on their ears. Alternatively, sack the lot and hire Michael Johnson on as much money as he asks for.
Second – and more seriously. Stop televising Diamond League and friendly meetings just because some American athletes are gracing us with their presence. Concentrate on domestic championships – even regional championships, where the audience stand some chance of relating to those competing.
Third – stop trying to do it live. There are too many gaps in the best run programme and what hace we got to fill them with? “Over to Colin and Denise”!!!!!!
The ideal athletics programme on TV would be a 45 minute, edited summary of the British and UK Women’s League top divisions, probably on Channel 4, so that over the summer the audience could build up some knowledge of the teams involved, how they relate to each other, who the athletes are who work hardest for their clubs, where they come from and so on. People could start to root for their nearest club team, instead of switching off from the sheer boredom of watching the same two Americans as last week running a meaningless circuit.
Enough! Rant over. As it happens, Lesley and I missed Mo Farah’s world record. We had switched over to Judge John Deed…….
Hope to see you there.
Here’s hoping that you all had a great Christmas and a happy New Year.
Lesley and I are beginning to recover from the colds and coughs that have plagued us over the holiday. Lesley in particular was feeling dreadful on Christmas Day and it did her no favours that we were having to walk from our hotel to son’s house and back again. I’ve no doubt that standing about at Kempton Park all Boxing Day did me no good at all – quite apart from the money I contributed to various bookies’ retirement funds.
Training begins again this week, so no doubt we will be seeing you at some point.
I have an email in my inbox from Pete Jackson about possible dates for the Avon Track and Field League. So that will be sorted soon and then we can have a clear picture of how the 2015 season will be looking.
This is going to be the new place for the blog, which I hope means that commenting will be easier. I hope you will comment to let me know how you feel about things around the club and stuff that I’ve written. I guess it also means that my readers in Germany, the USA and South Korea will be disappointed, but – hey – I’ve done my bit for world peace.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
They can’t all be, can they?Lesley’s trip to English Schools seemed to be fraught from the moment they set off. Panicky phone call to say she’d forgotten her shorts and the weather was threatening to be really hot. I know, I thought, Claire Molton is going up. I’ll ring her in the morning and she can take them up. How early in the morning can you legitimately ring someone you don’t know all that well? I thought 7.30 would be OK. It was, but she was already halfway to Birmingham. Ah well, it was a good idea. In the end Lesley managed to buy a pair of rather fetching shorts and that bit of the day was saved.
Perhaps the highlight for her – and for Yate athletes generally – was Tyler Molton’s performance in the junior boys’ hammer. To finish fifth with a throw of well over 40 metres, when he’s only been throwing at all for about eight weeks was a terrific achievement and left his mum and Lesley fighting to maintain their composure. Definitely an athlete to watch.
Rob Phillips got into the final of the 400m hurdles but injured himself in the relay and had to withdraw, Luke Lorenzi reached the semi-final. (Jean-Luc was fascinated by the timekeepers, who had nineteen people – as well as the electronics, but maybe they needed them with races going off down the back straight almost at the same time as sprints on the main straight). The senior girls relay got a bronze. Josh Evans ran in lane eight with a fictitious boy from Middlesex not running on his inside. Hannah Hobbs missed out on her final by just one place.
There were a couple of other medals, but not Yate athletes, so who cares? Well, Lesley does – very much.
The hotel was clearly not used to dealing with three counties worth of athletes, scattered Avon athletes all over the four floors and somehow expected two under-15 boys to share a double bed! They served the same food for both evening meals and generally gave the impression that they couldn’t wait get rid of all these kids and get some real people in.
I know you’re all dying to hear how I got on in Ledbury. Well – that too wasn’t a classic, though the place itself lived up to expectations, as it always does. The workshop I attended was run by an American lady with one of those irritating American voices that’s somewhere between a small child and a coffee grinder. Two hours of her and I was regretting buying a ticket to hear her read her poems.
Off on holiday next Friday, so I’ll repeat what I MEANT to write last week. PLAY nicely while we’re away.