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15/10/2020 00:00, I Mewn Blog /

It has been a positive week for many clubs across Wales who continue to provide local training and running opportunities for their local communities.

Last week we saw a much welcomed boost for the sport - an update to the Return to Club Activity, which has allowed for an increase in the number of athletes and users of a facility. This has lead to a wider return to training activities with more athletes accessing dedicated athletics facilities across the country.

Local travel restrictions has lead to a number of clubs providing ‘club swap’ opportunities. Last week saw Swansea Harriers host a number of athletes from neighboring Neath Harriers, granting them access to training and coaching opportunities at the Swansea Harriers club base at Swansea University. We know that this practice has been replicated by many clubs across Wales and, once again, the way that clubs and groups have pulled together in the face of adversity is simply amazing.

The First Minister's announcement on Friday 9th October indicated that children would be permitted to travel out of lockdown areas to attend organized sporting activities. This was seen as a huge boost and a positive step forward. The announcement was met with much hope and expectation and we are awaiting further detail and specifics in relation to this prior to updating any guidance documents. 

Ways that you can get involved and #SupportYourClub this week…

  1. Register your interest in one of our Stay Home, Stay Involved sessions, these include a number of exciting and highly engaging opportunities over the coming weeks. Further information can be found on the Stay Home, Stay Involved Event Page
  1. Sign up to the next national ASK US webinar scheduled for Tuesday 20th October (7.30pm – 8.30pm)
  1. Register your interest in the forthcoming mentoring workshop, applicable to all those looking to support volunteers within the sport. This two-part workshop (taking place over 2 short sessions on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th October) will help introduce and develop the knowledge, skills, and tools to become an effective mentor. Introduction to Mentoring: A Guide to Developing Volunteers details can be found here
  1. Register for the next Run Wales Workshop: ‘Getting Going & Keeping Going - A Beginners Running Workshop. This session will be packed with tips and advice for those who've got into or back into running during Lockdown - everything from Couch to 5k, parkrun, and that first race, to what trainers to get, what to eat & how to progress to the next level. Further information and registration details here.

Visit the Welsh Athletics YouTube Channel and check out the various content and topics that have been collated over recent weeks and months for the benefit of the wider athletics and community of Wales.

2020 Welsh Athletics AGM

Finally, just a reminder to all that the 2020 Welsh Athletics AGM will take place on Saturday 24th October vis the GoTo Webinar platform, details and further information available here.