in accordance with advice received from England Athletics this morning, we have decided to suspend all formal athletics training with immediate effect.
A reminder the track has been booked for the Avon Open Meeting, including the Avon Championships, on Wednesday 4th September.
This means there will be no Academy, or Club, training sessions on that evening.
Please note there will be no Academy or Cub sessions on Saturday 24th August.
Please note that the Jefferies Arena has been privately booked on Saturday 29th June (for a competition) and Saturday 6th July (for the “Relay For Life”).
Wow, the season has come and gone in a flash, and now, with the cross country season already underway, and the indoor season creeping up on us, there’s lots and lots to catch you all up on, including what’s going on with the track, the launch of our new Masters training session and our forthcoming Celebration of the Season evening.
But first, here’s a very brief round-up of the season – more details, including club records and individual performances can be found at https://yateac.co.uk/2018-results/
YDL Lower Age Group (U13 & U15)
Once again, Sam and the team have secured our position in the Premier Division. This season was really hard fought with athletes competing in new events left right and centre. So a massive thank you and well done to all of our competing athletes and parents and in particular to our officials that provided us the additional points to keep us up at the Relegation match in Swindon (“ I say we are staying up – I say we are staying up!!!!”)
YDL Upper Age Group (U17 & U20 Composite Team Avon)
A massive congratulations to Sandra, Jim and the team who went one step further than last year, qualifying for the YDL NATIONAL FINAL, held at the prestigious Bedford Track in September, finishing in 4th position (in the entire country!). This was a massive achievement for everyone involved, with lots of Yate athletes (and officials) taking part. Well done to everyone!
Midland League (U20s & Seniors Composite Team with Bristol & West)
Matt and Steve lead the team to some really creditable results in difficult circumstances again, this time finishing in 2nd position, losing out to Birchfield Harriers in the last match of the season. Once again, B&W women have been in involved in clashing British League fixtures, and so Yate athletes have been really important in fielding a full team, and we have had some great performances from our U17s and Masters competing up with the Seniors.
We were just pipped to the post at the last match, with North Somerset finishing just 1 league point ahead of us overall. But, we did win three age group categories: Quad Kids Girls, U13 Girls and U15 Girls. We had lots of fun filling relay teams with throwers and throwing events with sprinters to make up for matches clashing with holidays, and Upper Age Group YDL meetings, including the National Final.
Celebrate the Season at our Annual Awards Night 8th December – everybody welcome!
This year we’re combining our Awards evening with a Christmas party. And, to add to the excitement, this year, for the first time, we’re going to be extending voting for some of the awards to all members. Right now the coaches and team managers are busy reviewing the season’s performances and coming up with nominations for their athletes of the season. So watch out for more details on how to vote for the athletes nominated in your age category, and make sure you get your ticket to the event of the festive season!
New Track and Winter Training
You’ll have noticed that work on our new track has not yet completed, and with the weather deteriorating, the contractors are now stopping work until next year. However, they’ve handed the track back to us for winter training with complete long jump and triple jump areas, pole vault and two new throws cages plus our new indoor weights facility. Training for most groups are now back to normal under the floodlights. That’s:
Junior Academy on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm – 7pm (prices will return to £3 per session)
Tuesday and Thursday club nights from 7pm – 8:30pm (prices will return to £2 per session – coaches give their time voluntarily for these sessions)
Competition Academy Wednesday from 7pm – 8pm (prices will return to £3 per session)
Saturday morning Junior Academy from 10am (with some club sessions too – talk to your coach) (prices will return to £3 per session)
We will be adding a new Masters training group for anyone over 35 who fancies having a go at athletics. Sessions will be focussed on having fun and learning something new while keeping fit in a friendly non-threatening environment (ie away from the kids!), and will take place from 9:45 on Sunday mornings from 18th November. More details will follow – but all parents and members over 35, (no matter how able!) are welcome.
Just to remind everyone there is no track training this weekend (30th June 1st July) as we have Clifton College Sports day on Saturday and the first Avon Track and Field League competition on Sunday all at Yate.
Our team is split this weekend as we have quiet a few of our members also traveling to Exeter on Sunday for the U17/U20 YDL competition. Best of luck to all those competing.
Next week is the last week before the track refurbishment commences on 09/07/18 so make the most of training before we spend the summer training on grass! But what a return it will be in October on our new track!!!.
Don’t forget to keep in touch with your coach to see when the special trips or training sessions are being arranged else where.
Just to confirm the track is booked on SATURDAY 21/04/18 by North Somerset so there is NO TRAINING for Yate and
District AC on Saturday 21/04/17 at all.
Next Wednesday evening the 25th April there is an open competition from 6.00 pm run jointly by YATE & District AC and Bristol and West AC so there will be no Yate AC academy sessions. We would, however, encourage you all to enter the event. There are quad kid events too, (75 m, 600 m long jump & vortex throw) so everyone should be able to give it a go. Don’t forget the team managers will be able to see the results which helps them in team selection, how will they be able to select you if they don’t know how well you do and what you like doing?
Please go to the front page of our web site, click on the entry details, its entry on the night, so just turn up, pay and compete! For some of you this may be your first taste of competition, so what better way to start at your own track, with all the friendly faces you know around to help!
Last bit of news. Don’t forget the entries for the Avon County Championships close on 5/05/18, last year we had a great Yate representation in the event so get those entries in!
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’
Due to the British Target Sprint championships taking place this Saturday 9th September on the athletics track, there will not be the club training session from 11.00 am – 12.30 pm.
The only session taking place on Saturday is the Lodge Sports session from 10.00 -11.00 on the Astro.
Why not come along and support Josh Snook & Katie Robins in their first British Target Sprint National Championship Final.
Best of luck to our Yate and District AC team competing in the last Avon Track and Field League match at Gloucester on Sunday 10th. All support is very welcome as we aim to try and win the league for the third Year in a row. This year is very close and could go either way between us and Team Bath who are nip and tuck at the top.
Just to let you all know, Clifton College are holding their sports day at Yate this Saturday, 26th june, so the will not be any Track training on this day, (LSCL will be using the AWP for their session).
Sunday 25th is however available, so discuss with you coach if you would like to train then.
The following weekend (1st and 2nd July) is the Cancer UK 24 hour relay for life so again no training either day (LSCL on the AWP) There are other times during the week we can open up the track, so again talk to your coach to see if they can fit in another session.
The following weekend (8th and 9th July) there will only be the normal 10.00 -11.00 sessions, but its also the English Schools weekend and Avon track and field on the Sunday (at Yate)
Saturday 15th and 22nd of July back to normal.