PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS NEWSLETTER AS IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATHLETES AND PARENTS.
We are back in action for two weeks now and are settling into our new training groups. These first weeks back can be hard work, mostly involving running, as we work at getting fitness levels up. Once we see an improvement in fitness, we will mix the sessions up more, to include jumping, throwing, obstacle races etc.for the younger athletes. Regular attendance at training will help you get fit quickly and will make it easier for you to keep up with your group. All athletes need to wear proper runners and tracksuit , shorts or leggings please. Children will not be allowed to train in jeans, sandles or street shoes. Please bring a light rainjacket to all training sessions, as we do not have indoor facilities if it rains!
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.
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)
ALL athletes who have not returned to training over the past two weeks or have not contacted us as requested, have now been removed from our check-in sheets. Athletes who are not on the lists can not be admitted to the track.
Athletes in groups 1 & 2 are required to attend a minium of two sessions per week to enable them to keep up with the training level. Training sessions takes place on Tues/Wed/Fri from 7-8.30pm. While we hope you can do all three, if only doing two nights, it is better to do Tues/Fri or Wed/Fri if at all possible, rather than two nights together with 5 off. We also have an organised Sunday morning run at 10am, which is a very important part of the training week. If you cannot make this, you will need to do the run yourself later in the day. So far this season the attendance on Sunday mornings is very poor indeed, but we expect to see a huge improvement from here out.
“If we don’t put the miles in, we’re going nowhere!”
Group 1 athletes have been asked to complete and return a survey form asap. This will help us to plan your training programme around your other commitments (as much as we possibly can), allowing you and your coaches get the most from your training, with sufficient recovery time to help improve your performance. If you didn’t get one yet, these forms are available from Theresa at training.
Well done to club athletes Amaris Borel, Padraig Leenon, Eoin Taggart, Stephen Rice, Conor Dempsey and Lorcan Lalor, who have been selected for the Leinster Performance Squad for 2013/14 This squad brings together small groups of talented athletes from across Leinster and offers specialised sessions in the athletes chosen event/s that compliment the athletes regular training. We are delighted to have 6 athletes on the squad.
A number of our coaches/helpers are no longer available to us, due to changes in their family/work circumstances and so we are urgently seeking help, in particular at our 6-7pm training sessions. Numbers in all training groups remain large and we require two coaches, or a coach and a helper with each group, particularly the younger groups from 6-7pm. If you can spare an hour a week, every second week, or even once a month, and are prepared to lend a hand, as a coach or a helper, please call Theresa (0868635797) right away. Nobody will be thrown in over their heads and all help will be greatly appreciated. If you are unsure or have any questions about this, please call and ask …..….. the call is not a commitment! If we fail to get more help, we will be forced to make radical changes to the numbers that we facilitate. Remember the welfare of the children is paramount and your attendance as a helper provides the opportunity for safe participation of the athletes. We are also looking for people who can help with the check-in. This only requires about 20 mins at the start of a training session, but is an enormous help to the smooth running of our sessions.
We have a lot of prospective members who have been trying out sessions for the past couple of weeks. Those who wish to become club members now need to register with the club. We have arranged registration nights for Tues. 24th Oct. from 5 – 7.30 pm and Wed. 25th Oct. from 6-7pm, where club volunteers will have forms available and fees can be paid. Cash or cheques only please, as the club does not have card facilities. Registrations will take place in the room behind the Sports Park Reception area. Forms may also be downloaded from our website. Please note that Shoreline staff do not have club forms and cannot accept payments on our behalf. After this date, we cannot admit unregistered athletes to the track.
We are now looking forward to a great Cross Country (XC) season which is coming up very quickly indeed! The first 3 rounds of the XC League this year are as follows:
ROUND 1 Rathdrum. Friday 27th September. Registration 6.30pm. Start 6.45pm
Even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14. There will be a toddlers race if required U/6
ROUND 2 Bray Emmets. Friday 1st November. Registration 6.30pm. Start 6.45pm
Un-Even Ages U/ 9, 11, 13, 15. There will be a toddlers race if required U/7
ROUND 3 Roundwood.Friday 6th December. Registration 6.30pm. Start 6.45pm
Even Ages U/ 8, 10, 12, 14.. There will be a toddlers race if required U/6
Certs for all finishers at League events,
A form will go up on the website shortly and anyone who wants to run in Rathdrum will need to fill it out by Wed 25th Sept. latest. Athletes must be registered to compete.
County XC Championships will take place on the first two Sundays of October. The even ages in Kilcoole on Oct. 6th and Uneven ages in Avondale, Rathdrum on Oct. 13th, both starting at 11am. All registered athletes are eligible to compete in all competitions, as athletes can move up one age group at XC. We will be trying to fill teams for these events, so hope to see everyone making a big effort to attend.. Athletes up to U10 all receive certs for completing their events.
The club shop will be open on Tues. 1st Oct. from 6-8pm. We have club singlets, shorts, t-shirts, rainjackets, hoodies etc. available. Athletes should have either a club singlet or T- shirt for competitions. All other items are optional. Bill Porter from Avondale Sports will also attend that night with a selection of runners & spikes.
PHOTOS FOR NEWSPAPER
Our club is soon to be the featured club in the Fit Magazine that comes out with Thursday’s Independent. We need some group photos to go with the article we have written and will take these tomorrow Tues 17th Sept about 7pm. This way we can get the groups from both training times together. If you want to be in the photos please make sure you arrive early for the 7pm session. We will take the photos on the top quadrant of the track at 7 pm. Photos of the ‘Little Athletics’ group will be done at their 5-6pm session.