Consultation on Winchester Sports Centre

An important reminder regarding the consultation with architects Stride Treglown (in conjunction with LA architects) this coming week. – WADAC needs your support as the proposed changes to Bar End usage will affect all groups within the club. Please read to the end. Middle-distance and Endurance note final summary point.

The open public drop-in sessions will be held at:

Venue: Winchester Sports Stadium
Friday 23 June 4 – 6pm
Saturday 24 June 10am – 12pm
Saturday 24 June 2 – 4pm
Thursday 29 June 3 – 5pm

Venue: Winchester Guildhall
Friday 23 June 11am – 2pm

There is no guarantee that an indoor area will feature as part of the rebuild of River Park at Bar End and WADAC now needs your support. Please consider attending the consultation on behalf of the club; everyone can attend so encourage others to get involved too. This is a key opportunity to add our voice to the campaign. We are all busy but if you can spare a few minutes to pop down to the consultation then it could help make a difference. To help in knowing what to say on behalf of the club, we have summarised the key points below.

WADAC has produced a paper “The Case for Indoor Athletics” which is available to download here (PDF) for your information. Within this paper, WADAC spells out the need and demand for an indoor athletics facility, together with possible designs, capital costs, and potential income streams. WADAC recommend one of the layouts in the paper as being the one providing most utility for athletics and the most potential alternative income. 

To summarise, the main points are:

  • Journey times of over an hour to the nearest indoor facility – Brunel University.
  • Lots of demand from athletic clubs in Hampshire and Dorset (not just Winchester).
  • WADAC not able to train in technical events during the winter – cold, wet, ice, risk of injury, degradation to equipment (landing areas).
  • WADAC training groups fully utilise the track area some evenings, and indoor facility could act as an overflow.
  • England Athletics fully support this project.
  • The need for outdoor seating so we can fully realise the potential of the outdoor track by holding major competitions.
  • Maintaining an area of grass around the Garrison Ground, essential to WADAC esp middle-distance/endurance group, doesn’t need to be floodlit but street lighting or path lighting adequate. NB Junior parkrun uses Garrison Ground too.

It’s always hard to find time but if you can spare a little to help build the case for WADAC being involved in the final plans then you could help make history for the club. We did it for the track, we can do it again but we need YOUR support.

Car Parking at the Sports Centre

Active Nation wish to restrict car access to the Sports Centre for safety reasons.We have been asked that only Blue Badge holders and members either taking down or collecting heavy items should drive down to the track.

Your Club Needs You

Southampton Athletic Club is run entirely by volunteers and we are really struggling at the moment to fill a couple of positions.
The first one is a welfare officer which is a key position within the club and involves ensuring that the clubs welfare policy is adhered to particularly with regard to children but also checking that all officials/coaches and committee members have the appropriate DBS checks.This role would particularly suit teachers or retired teachers or perhaps social workers but we would love to receive applications from others subject to the usual checks.

Secondly Our academy at Wyvern is looking for a coach or assistant coach to take over the running of the Saturday morning sessions and we would provide any training required.At present numbers are quite small but we would like to build up numbers over a period of time
Please contact me even if its just to get more information. The club needs you.

Richie Pearson Chairman phone 07713149122

Mike Smith

Mike Smith will always be remembered as one of the finest coaches which this country has ever produced and will be missed by everyone associated with athletics particularly in Southampton. Our sincere condolences to all his family . There will be a cremation service for family and close friends, followed by a Tribute Service to Mike and his life in Athletics, Journalism and Teaching at 2pm on Friday 24 March 2017 at Central Hall, St Mary’s Street, Southampton SO14 1NF. All are very welcome to attend.

No flowers please, donations will be requested to Red Nose Day 2017.

Coaching opportunity

Most of you will know we have a thriving academy which is based at the Sports Centre during the summer and Wyvern school during the winter months, We are looking for additional coaches to help out with the children mainly on a Wednesday evening. If anyone is interested please let me know training is available and the club will cover the cost.

Mike Smith

Briton who guided Kriss Akabusi, Roger Black, Iwan Thomas and others has passed away (with thanks to Athletics Weekly)

Mike Smith was the man with the Midas Touch when it came to coaching one-lap athletes. He guided 30 athletes to medals at major championships but his most famous charges were Kriss Akabusi, Todd Bennett, Roger Black, Iwan Thomas and Donna Hartley.

The master of coaching quarter milers, the Southampton coach presided over a golden era where sub-45-second clockings by British athletes were the norm and which included the famous 4x400m victory over the United States at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. Continue reading

Female Athlete Workshop CANCELLED

Sadly the workshop has been cancelled, it is unfortunate that the date we picked clashed with too many sporting events.

If you would like to know more about the project or get involved with the mentoring scheme please visit our page on the website.