Author Archives: Richie Pearson

More Congratulations

Congratulations to Lucy Jane Matthews for winning a bronze medal at the European U20 championships 100m hurdles fantastic performance.Also to Amaya Scott for finishing overall 5th in the heptathlon Two brilliant athletes flying the flag for Southampton AC

Athletic Achievements

You will have seen the report from Debbie regarding the English School Championships and I would like to thank her for her very comprehensive report. Congratulations to the whole throwing team coaches athletes, and parents what a great overall performance and we have some exceptional young athlete coming through.
I feel sure that there were other performances which we should highlight but unless I/we are told about them the athletes cannot receive the acclaim they so richly deserve. Please let me know ideally in a report form so I can just copy and paste on to the web site.

Good News

Couple of items of good news Ollie Bromby got silver in 100m at U23 European Championships missing gold by 00.01
Also at the SAL at Bracknell our team had a convincing victory. Thanks to everyone who competed and please make yourself available for our home match. Richie

European Under 20 Championships

Many congratulations to Lucy-Jane Matthews (100m hurdles) and Amaya Scott ( Heptathlon) following selection in the GB team for the European Under 20 Championships in Boras Sweden 18th to 21st July.Also congratulations to their respective coaches Andy Fisher and Matt Watson. Wonderful news for the club.


In recent years we have had great success in the BAL and it is an absolute priority of this club that we continue to compete in this league. However we are in urgent need of a team manager whose role would be to help with team selection and travel on the day to deal with the normal team issues. Experience of track and field athletics essential and an athlete who was willing to learn would be ideal as plenty of help would be available. Continue reading


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Agreement regarding use of the track

Our agreement for use of the track has now been signed. SAC members have use of the track facility on the following days and times;

Monday – All day
Tuesday – All day (exclusive use for SAC and SAC coached groups between 6.30 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
Wednesday – Summer only (exclusive use for the Academy)
Thursday – all day
Saturday and Sunday – mornings

Track use outside of these times is chargeable and should be paid directly to Active Nation. Other clubs will continue to use the track and now have separate agreements with Active Nation. Random checks will be made at the track to ensure members have paid the correct membership fees. Please try and carry your membership card with you should you be asked for proof of membership. We do not wish to turn people away.

Committee Meeting March 2018 a brief overview

We formally welcomed Mary Axtell back to the committee after her recent illness.
We agreed to review a new expense policy with Team Managers before presenting to the committee for approval.
We had the usual reports from the Chairman, Treasurer and Membership secretary. Club membership is consistent in line with previous years although it was acknowledged that it is early days in view of the membership fee increase.
Richie Pearson updated us on entries for the club Netley 10k on Sunday 28 May 2018 and reminded us that this is the most profitable event for the club and that we need commitment from volunteers in order for it to take place. A review of the race will be conducted this year.
Plans for the Awards Evening on 23 March are progressing well; guest speakers have accepted their invitation and some very good raffle prizes have been secured and donated by local companies.
The new agreement with Active Nation has now been signed and includes use of the track on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (summer only – academy only) and Thursday all day and weekend mornings. All SAC members and SAC coached groups can use the track for free providing their membership fees have been paid. The club will be doing random checks at the track to ensure this is the case.
We discussed some additional training venues that SAC currently finance and whether they can be better utilised in view of the new track arrangements.
Diane Reavey gave us an update on the new pavilion having just received the comparative revised building costs which require further examination. Richie reported that Tina Dyer-Smith of Southampton City Council is to submit a presentation to the Council on the Sports Centre Redevelopment proposals, which she would then present to SAC at a meeting to be arranged.
Committee members present were Richie Pearson, Mark West, Diane Reavey, Mary Axtell, David Blackman, Mike Coker, Becky Mulley, Ashley Cooper, Fiona Webb, Jon Tilt, Dawn Thatcher, Tracey Jones, Chris Thompson, Dr Elizabeth Pugh, Andy Palmer.
Our next committee meeting is on Monday 16 April 2018.