Sep 11 - January 13 News
This edition includes articles which will be of interest to all sections of the athletics family from performance to sportshall, road running to officiating.
Please share this around any of your athletics contacts - athletes, coaches, officials, parents, team managers.
UPDATE TO MEMBERS - (Full minutes attached)
Outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 19 December 2012
The members voted unanimously in favour of continuing as Mansfield Harriers & Athletics Club and seeking alternative facilities from which to train and be based.
Danny Mee (James’ dad) addressed the meeting and asked for permission to approach the trustees (he works in the same offices as the trustees) about getting the Club back on Berry Hill Park. Members agreed for Danny to speak with the trustees.
Following his discussion with the trustees, Danny has advised that the Club may be allowed to return to the Park during January 2013. The trustees are unwilling to enter into a written agreement and any use of the facilities by the Club will be on a short term basis. The trustees will not deal with anyone from the Club; everything will be through Danny.
To date, Danny has not informed the Club when it will be allowed to return to the Park.
The committee is continuing its search of suitable alternative facilities and hopes to be able to provide an update to the members at the AGM.
North Mids: Markeaton Park Results
Notts Schools Athletics Association. Winter XC League. 13th October Results
Young Athletes Winter 2012-13 Fixtures List: attached
Page one has dates and age category info, page 2 event description and Team Manager contacts.
Congratulations to Ted Grey on being award the British Empire Medal: this is very well deserved he has not only worked tirelessly for the club forever, but you may not know about his work for for Youth Expedition too. We all hope he has have a lovely day collecting his award the beginning of October.
Coaches, officials & helpers Dinner
If you are an adult helper at the club you are invited to the annual Coaches Dinner on Friday 19th October: details attached.
Notts AC Throws Academy other club athletes & coaches welcome: see attached.
For the club on Wednesday 26th September at Berry Hill School at 7pm. Just 10 pounds includes a chocolatier giving a demonstration (with TASTING !!!), a glass of wine and 5 pounds worth of chocolate each to take home: YUMMY. Tickets available from Amanda Shaw and the Canteen.
Canteen needs you...
Young Athlete Cross Country and Road Race Info
Can people please bring this to the attention of as many athletes, parents coaches etc as possible. Closing date for entries for the Midland Road Relays is the 10th Sept.
Booth League Prize Winners - View Here
Newstead Abbey Dash Photo Gallery
Booth League Results Carsington Water 3rd July
1st Booth League Race: Results
Booth League XC Series: Prize Winners - View Here
Keep up to date with the latest coaching courses/information on the Notts AAAs website
! As you will all now be aware, the Trustees have stopped us from parking around the track, meaning that everyone now has to park in the unlit top car park. I met with RJS last week to discuss this and other issues. He has agreed to trial for one month allowing the key holders to park down at the track, as long as they remain on the hard standing with their cars. He has also allowed us to let any of our disabled members to park down at the facilities, this is to be decided upon by the Club.
The current key holders are:
Paul Gair / Ted Grey / Pat Carlan / Richard Massey / Barry Holmes.
As you can see all the key holders except for Barry are active coaches, so this means they will be unable to monitor the barrier once their training has started. We were looking at Barry stopping at the barrier for the first half hour or so, on a training night to allow access to relevant members, but due to unforeseen circumstances he wonâ€™t be at training for a while. So what Im looking for is someone that is willing to have a key for the barrier and control access for the start of training. If there is anyone willing to do this can they let me know so that I can sort out a key for them.
You will all also be pleased to know that the public toilets appear to be up and working again.
Paul GairBooth League Results 15th December
Just a reminder that the Level 2 Track and Field Courses are confirmed both to be held at Ashfield School , Sutton Road , Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts , NG17 8HP. You can do one or both. Parents this is a great way to get involved and use your time fully at competitions!
The cost of the course is Â£15 per candidate and all attendee's will receive a free stopwatch, clipboard and network T-shirt to use and wear whilst officiating at events. The club will refund course fees on course completion - ensure you get a receipt. Be quick places are limited.
Candidates must fill in the attached application form and return to the England Athletics, Education and Customer Services, Athletics House, Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Bar, Birmingham B42 2BE
There may be some of you who look at the last 12 months as a bit of annablis horriblis for the club, but me, I look back and think, how well we have done. Again our athletes have done the club proud with many County and National medals and National and International representations. We have had a number of our coaches and volunteers winning achievement awards through various presentation ceremonies. We have increased our number of active coaches and even increased our membership numbers. All with very little facilities.
We have been unfortunate to get relegated in some of our leagues, but again I feel this is an opportunity for the club to rebuild itself and come out fighting and prove to everyone that WE ARE THE BEST CLUB IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, sorry fell off the soapbox.
Since becoming Chairman in November, Ive visited the National x-country event we staged and was very proud to see what a wonderfully organised and run event was taking place in some horrible weather, someone said to me that day â€œthis is what x-country is all aboutâ€. Now I see why I am a throws coachâ€¦.I have also been to watch the sportshall event a couple of weeks ago and again it was great to watch some of our up and coming athletes performing for the club and it was especially good to see so many parents there supporting their kids. Next xmas sportshall I want to see more parents doing the egg and spoon race... and only this week I watched many of our members packing bags to raise money for the club and not one of them moaned to me, well apart from the trolley that was packed with a bill that came to over Â£200 and then never put anything in the collection box.
So I say to everyone, I am proud to say Iâ€™m a member of Mansfield Harriers & Athletics Club.
I feel that over the next 12 months there will be some smiles and some tears, some joy and some sadness, there will probably be some tough choices to make, but I strongly believe that if we face it together as a club united that we can deal with it all with our heads held high.
There will be some further notices coming out soon, but as an advanced warning, some dates for your diaries:
January 31st Club AGM Berry Hill school approximately 7pm onwards
I would like you all to consider that our club is run solely by volunteers, I have already been informed that some members of the committee will be standing down at the next AGM. Do you feel that you would like to be more involved with the club, maybe you have your own skills or ideas that you could bring to the club, do you fancy having a go at coaching or officiating, being a team manager or a volunteer, even driving mini buses to the various competitions. If you do, or even if you arenâ€™t sure what you want to do but you know you want to help somehow, then please get in touch and Iâ€™ll answer any questions I can, or Iâ€™ll at least put you in touch with someone who will know the answers.
Right thats enough ranting and raving.
I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope you all achieve your targets are for 2012.
You may be aware that Up&Running Nottingham very generously sponsor the Junior Academy with T-shirt Prizes each month. In return please take a look at their great 3 of 2 offers and check out the great deal on page 7 buy a shoe voucher: get a shoe bag worth Â£7 and a training diary worth Â£5 absolutely free! - guess what my daughter has just had for her birthday!
(1) Workshop Info. (2) Education Workshop Booking Form (3) Events Calendar
Over the past 6 months over Â£50 has been raised by a handful of people just doing there normal shopping via www.easyfundraising.co.uk/causes/mhac . If everyone signed up we could get so much more - please take a look and use the link when you shop at amazon, ebay, play.com, john lewis etc. A percentage of each spend to given to MHAC at no extra cost to yourself.
Second Hand Kit
Please give any clean wearable spikes and club kit to Becky Silver. The club make very little on the kit they sell so donating it back when too small for re-sale really helps club funds. Click here for itemfor sale.
IMPORTANT message from the Chairman:-
Following the previous Info some good things to look forward to!
Please see this attachment for information regarding the Championing Notts Sports Volunteering Ambassador role; this is a great opportunity for a keen, motivated and hard working volunteer who would like to be more involved with sports volunteer development in the district and county and obtain some fantastic experience.
Appointment of a New Chairman
The Club Committee are pleased to announce that Paul Gair has taken on this role. Please give him lots of support. Ted Grey has agreed to remain on the Committee in an advisory role until the AGM. BIG Thanks go to Ted for stepping up to the mark in such difficult times.
Club Vests & Kit
New Joggers Group
Are you easyfundraising yet?
Itâ€™s the easiest way to help raise money for Mansfield Harriers Athletics Club! If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, Vodafone, eBay, Boden and Play.com, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop!
So how does it work?
You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/mhac for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to Mansfield Harriers at no extra cost to yourself.
More details attached, but I raised £1.30 yesterday buying a £30 pair of shoes! So what other reason do I need to shop! - Becky