KENT AC NEWS BULLETIN
19th September 2021
SURREY CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE
The Surrey league is always a fantastic event, welcoming all club runners.
All first claim members will be automatically entered into the league.
Second claim members who wish to run for Kent in the league, must let the cross country captains know ahead of the 1st fixture.
John Gilbert – Men’s cross country captain
Sarah Hanley – Women’s cross country captain
Upcoming Fixture dates for the diary: (Updated)
Sunday 26th September Soar MK Relays (see below)
Saturday 9th October National 6 Stage Road Relays Sutton Coldfield
Saturday 16th October Surrey Cross Country League 1 Richmond Park
Saturday 13th November Surrey Cross Country League 2 Wimbledon Common
Sunday 21st November South of Thames Team Race Morden Park
Saturday 18th December South of Thames Championship Race Beckenham Place Park
Saturday 15th January Surrey Cross Country League 3 Mitcham Common
Saturday 19th February Surrey Cross Country League 4 Effingham Common
For more information on the upcoming winter fixture season or click here
SOUTHERN RELAYS DISASTER
After subsequent uproar and dismay (and extreme laziness on SEAA’s part), grassroots athletics found a solution with the Soar MK Relays. As a club we intend to fully support the competition and a full roster of relays are available, and team managers should have been in touch (James Bowler for Senior Men, Stuart Beaney for Vets Men and Katie Rowland for Women).
U13 girls (3 x 2.8k) U13 boys (3 x 2.8k)
U15 girls (3 x 2.8k) & U15 boys (3 x 2.8k) & U17 women (3 x 2.8k)
U17 men (3 x 5k) & Senior women (4 x 5k) and Masters Women (3 x 5k)
Senior men (6 x 5k) and Masters men (4 x 5k)
RELAY GOOD FUN
Well done to our Juniors who turned out at the Will Brown XC Relays hosted by Blackheath & Bromley AC.
It was great to see some fantastic team spirit, particularly in the case of Marquis, our leg 1 runner, who turned up expecting a 4x100m relay instead of 3.5km, but still ran for the team!
U15 boys’ team: Marquis Brown (17:14) Olly Buck (13:06) and Joseph Brewster (14:52) – 7th overall
Kent U13 Track & Field Championships: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th
4 girls represented the club in this weekend’s event. Sapphire Bruni, Siv Leila Eliassen, Tess Hepple and Elena Oliphant (2nd claim).
• Elena 1 st 1200m
• Elena & Sapphire both reached the final of the 150m (4th and 6th respectively)
• Sapphire 2nd Javelin
• Elena 1 st 800m NEW COUNTY RECORD
• Sapphire 1st Javelin
Update of safeguarding policies and procedures
The Kent AC Committee agreed this week for the club to adopt new safeguarding policies and procedures in line with a new framework agreed by the sport’s governing bodies. The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in sport has been in the spotlight in recent years following a number of high profile cases in which coaches have been convicted of the abuse of children. In addition there is a growing recognition of the wider role of sports organisations in promoting but on occasions harming the emotional, physical and mental well-being of athletes.
Following an independent review, UK Athletics and the four Home Country Athletics Federations (Athletics Northern Ireland, England Athletics, Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics) published new child and adult safeguarding policies in June 2021, along with Codes of Conduct for coaches, athletes, parents, volunteers and others. The full set of documents, which are now also Kent AC policy, are set out here. Please take a look in particular at the codes of conduct which set out what is expected of us all.
A key feature of the policies is that safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s responsibility. The basic advice is that any concerns should be raised with club welfare officers, and that they in turn should contact the UKA Safeguarding Team. Kent AC’s Welfare Officers are Neil Gordon-Orr and Susie Fairbrass, contact here.
BEANEY NEEDS YOU
A polite reminder to our members that with our new track operating model we require two volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to check track passes. Volunteers have predominantly been from C group, therefore please could we ask for volunteers from other groups.
Please contact Simon Allen and Jacqueline Armit to volunteer.
Thank you to all members who have volunteered already.
Please see the junior news here.
Tuesday 17:45 – 20:45
Thursday 18:30 – 20:30
Sunday 09:00 – 11:30
Please note that individuals are permitted to do their own sessions during club opening times, but coached group sessions continue to take priority.
The track pass system remains in place, so please purchase your September track pass here
To make life easier for parents/guardians we have a 2021 track pass option. One single payment for the remainder of the year is now available.
Please purchase your Ladywell 2021 or September £5 junior monthly track pass in advance here. When purchasing the track pass can parents/guardians please enter the athletes name when completing the transaction.
Registering for a session
Group spreadsheets to register for sessions (links for payment this month and FAQs also here):
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