IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS
A big welcome to all our new members who registered on Tues and Wed last. As we informed you in previous newsletters, those who did not register and former members who haven’t been attending training regularly during Sept have now been removed from the check-in sheets. These places have now been given to children on our waiting list. Anyone wishing to return to the club will have to go on to the waiting list until a place becomes available. If unsure, please check with coaches before leaving children, as we cannot take responsibility for non club members.
It is the responsibility of parents to make sure children are collected on time after training sessions. Coaches are busy checking in the incoming groups and are unable to supervise collections as well. We have tried unsuccessfully to get a roster going to cover this, so if people are willing to help out please let us know.
We are asking once again that athletes make sure to use the toilets before coming down to training as it causes huge problems if a coach has to leave a group to bring them up during the session.
Parents and brothers/sisters are not allowed inside the track during training sessions, but are welcome to watch from outside the fence. Please note that the Outdoor Gym Equipment is for age 14 up only and children should not be allowed to play on this! (Health & Safety)
Athletes in the 7-8.30pm group have three training nights every week and need to attend a minimum of two of these in order to keep up with the group.Attending less than this is unfair to yourself, the coaches and the other athletes in your group! There is also an organised training run on Sunday mornings for these groups……please attend if at all possible as this is a very important part of your training! Winter training is very important for all athletes, as it sets the groundwork for the whole year!
Please note that we do not own the facilities at Shoreline Sports Park and it is not our club house. When you arrive for training you should only go into the building if you need to use the bathrooms, otherwise go straight to the track and check in. We have a number of athletes hanging around the reception area, blocking the entrance for customers and then arriving down late to training. This results in groups finishing late or not completing their sessions and is unfair to the coaches and athletes who arrive on time. Please note that both the building and the outdoor facilities are monitored by CCTV cameras and any athlete seen causing damage or breaking rules will be asked to leave the club……no second chances!
We have our County Championship Cross Countries over the next two Sundays and these are open to registered athletes only. All athletes can take part both weeks, as you can run in your own age group one week and move up 1 age group the other week. Athletes need to arrive at 10.20am latest to allow for check-in and warm up. Younger athletes will be finished within the hour. Up to U10’s all receive certs with their finishing places for completing their race. U11’s up are championship events with medals for the 1st three individuals only. There are also medals for the 1st three teams and we need at least 4 for each team, so lets get everyone out there, please.
Please wear club singlet/T-shirt if you have one, otherwise a red or white T-shirt!
XC even ages Sunday 7th Oct in Roundwood . Coming from Newtown, take the left turn signposted Wicklow just before the reservoir. From Roundwood, cross the bridge over the reservoir and take the right turn signposted Wicklow. The course is up this road on the right hand side. NAMES FOR NEXT SUN. TO BE GIVEN IN AT TRAINING OR TEXT TO THERESA BY FRI. 5TH LATEST
County XC uneven ages Sunday 14th Oct in Avondale House, Rathdrum. Couse is opposite the bus carpark.
Well done to everyone who took part in Round 1 of the XC league last Friday. There was a fantastic turn out from our younger athletes, but we fell down in the U14/U15 groups. We are leading the points table at the moment, but will need to keep the numbers up if we are to win the Shield back from Inbhear Dee who are not too far behind us. We need as many points as possible from all age groups. Round 2 will take place in late Oct..
For those wanting club gear for the XC, our club shop will be open on Tues next 2nd Oct. from 6.30 – 7.30pm. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, hoodies, rain jackets, and more at cost price. We also have a small number of 2nd hand spikes in stock. We have moved the shop to a new room where it will be located from now on. When you enter the reception area turn left and follow the signs.
Billy Porter, Avondale Sports, will also be present on Tues. from 7pm with Spikes in great new colours (€10 off) and runners at greatly reduced prices, for anyone who needs them.
We have a good number of committed coaches helping out and would like to welcome Ross to the team. We are still looking for more volunteers to lighten the load, so please call Theresa 0868635797 if you can spare an hour a week or even every other week. We promise not to throw you in at the deep end. New recruits work with one of our experienced coaches and we also send them on a short coaching course. Ideally, we would love to have two coaches with each of the younger groups, at all sessions.
VERY SPECIAL VISITOR
Over the next week or two we are expecting a visit from a very special athlete indeed. Katie Taylor has agreed to make a special visit to our club to meet with our athletes and show you all her Olympic Gold Medal. As she is very very busy with training and other commitments we don’t have a specific day yet, but regular attendance at training will ensure that you don’t miss out on this very special occasion!
Congratulations to Eoin Taggart, Stephen Rice, Aisling McCabe, Lorcan Lalor on their selection for the Regional Performance Squads.
There are also Development Squads which are open to interested athletes.
Leinster Squads 2012/2013 Information below:
The 2012/13 Leinster Development and Performance squads are due to start on Saturday October 6th 2012. Additional dates are also listed.
The squads are designed to complement the coaching that athletes are already receive at their clubs. Personal coaches are encouraged to attend either or both squad sessions on the day
The Development Squads between 10am-12pm are open to all athletes from 12 years old upwards. The events covered at the Development Squad Days will consist of one event out of each of the 4 sections of Sprints/Hurdles, Long Jump/High Jump, Shot/Javelin/Discus and Endurance. The cost for the 2 hours is €5 per athlete.
The Performance Squads 12pm-3pm are for selected athletes only. The Performance Squad cover all event categories.
Leinster Regional Squads 2012/2013;
Date: Venue: Development Squad: Performance Squad
Sat October 6th 2012 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat November 3rd 2012 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat December 1st 2012 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat February 9th 2013 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm
Sat March 2nd 2013 Santry 10am – 12pm 12pm to 3pm