Southampton AC Awards Evening Friday 23rd March

The Annual Awards Presentation Evening to be held on Friday 23rd March 2018 at Victoria House, Hampshire Constabulary, Hamble Lane, Southampton, SO31 4TS, at 7:30pm.

The presentation of awards will commence promptly at 7:45pm and will followed by a buffet, disco and raffle.

The evening will be free to all SAC members and volunteers as a thank you for your dedication to the club over the last 12 months. SAC members can bring one guest free of charge and additional guests will be asked to donate £3 each towards the cost of the evening.

These additional tickets can be purchased, in advance only, from any Committee Member.

As the Presentation Evening is at Hamble Police Club, they require a list of people attending. Therefore can you please send me a list of names of who will be at the Presentation Evening by 16th March 2018.

Committee meeting, January 2018 – a brief overview

We formally welcomed our new committee members Andy Palmer, Elizabeth Pugh, Jon Tilt, Becky Mulley, Ashley Cooper and James Mann.  We all introduced ourselves and our role within the club and committee.

  • Becky Mulley will be looking at our website and social media platforms.
  • James Mann will be working on a club sponsor and investigating fundraising options.
  • Andy Palmer and Dr Elizabeth Pugh are the club’s new welfare officers.
  • David Blackman will be reviewing our Netley 10k race with a view to exploring a second club race.  He will also be looking in to the cost of Electronic timing and EDM machines.
  • Ashley Cooper is our new Club Treasurer.

We had the usual reports from the Chairman, Treasurer and Membership secretary.  Club membership is stable with over 600 members with a number of athletes joining us from Eastleigh running club in recent months.  Tracey Jones (acting Treasurer) gave us an overview of the clubs finances with a forecast for the year.   Again, there could be increased expenditure on travel as we have a UKWAL away match in Edinburgh.  The committee will be reviewing our expense policy and this will be republished on the club website.

We recognised some of the great athletic achievements of recent months, notably the club success at the Hampshire cross country championships where we had 40 medalists across all age groups.  Other notable performances were Amaya Scott who set a pb and Southern CBP of 1.80 m in the high jump and Jen Elkins who set a course record in winning the Stubbington 10k.  Congratulations also to Mahamed Mahamed and Alex Teuten who earned their second Senior, GB vests.

Diane Reavey (Club secretary) gave us the latest update on the new pavilion project which will replace our current portable cabins.  Planning permission has been agreed but Building Control approval has additional conditions attached which means we need to get revised quotations.

Mark West spoke about the new agreement with Active Nation in relation to track use for the club.  The committee have managed to negotiate a new “all encompassing” deal which incorporates track use, academy use and meeting hire.  This should save the club a significant amount of money whilst not sacrificing track use for our members.  Mark is also exploring whether our club kit should be sold on line.

Our “open meeting” team have been busy organising and finalising dates for 2018. These will be published very soon but will be three week day meetings and a weekend meeting in September.  They will also incorporate Quad kid competitions.

The committee discussed the date for our awards evening which is likely to be Friday 23 March.  We are hoping for our usual venue in Netley.

Committee members present were Richie Pearson, Mark West, Diane Reavey, Mike Coker, Becky Mulley, Ashley Cooper, Fiona Webb, Jon Tilt, Nicci Blandford, Dawn Thatcher, Tracey Jones, Chris Thompson, Tim Hall, Dr Elizabeth Pugh, Andy Palmer.

Our next committee meeting is on Monday 12 March.

 

 

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS

Hope you all and your families have a very happy Christmas and a great new year. Looking forward to 2018 and as a club I am confident that we can continue to improve in all areas. Let’s get back to the Premier League of the BAL and maintain our position in the UKWL premier league. Let’s also get a medal in the road relays both men and ladies. I would love to see both Upper and Lower age groups get to the YDL finals in Birmingham . We need all our athletes to put themselves forward for these competitions as we have the athletes to win all these events. I hope 2018 is going to be the year of PB’s for everyone so get training and enjoy your athletics. Richie Chairman

IMPORTANT Change to Membership Fees and Renewal Date

At the AGM the new proposed membership fees for 2018/2019 were approved unanimously by all present with no abstentions. A table describing each category of membership with benefits is attached for your information.

Please note that the new date for subs renewal is now 1st March 2018 and therefore existing members will receive 2 extra months for their 2017 subs.  A new membership form is being devised at present this will be sent with a subs renewal reminder at the end of January.

Membership Fee for 2018

EASY FUND RAISING

The club is constantly looking at ways to raise funds and one of the easiest ways members can help is to shop on-line through https://easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/southamptonathleticclub Most of the major retailers are in the scheme, Amazon, John Lewis,Argos to name just three.All you have to do is log into Easyfundraising say that you support Southampton Athletic Club and you will be directed to the retailer of your choice. The club will get a small percentage of your purchases with ABSOLUTLY NO COST to yourselves. The price you pay will be the same. With Christmas coming this is a great opportunity to help raise funds for your club but remember to log into easyfundraising first.

MINCE PIE 10 Sunday 10th December

The club is organising a trip to Peacehaven to run the annual mince pie 10 mile race.This is a popular multi-terrain race voted one of the top UK races in Runners World. If you wish to run enter on line. A mini bus will be provided if required at a cost of £10 each person. Pre Xmas festivities will take place after the race at a convenient pub. Please contact Keith Hollis on 07752 582775

AWARDS TIME IS HERE

SPORT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Most Counties make Sport Personality Awards each year.  Many Local Education Authorities do so as well.  There is also the B.B.C.  Many are preceded by Local Authority  presentations although some use those who run the local Leisure Centre.

The awards are usually for individuals, including coaches, officials and volunteers, and teams.  There are male and female, senior and  junior, able and disabled awards.  The club executive will willingly support any all applications which are made.  The club has had great success this year and this is one way of letting the general public know.

As each body has its own procedures this is a summary only.  Be sure your school knows what your sporting activities and successes are outside school hours.

Berkshire.  Apply at website www.getberkshireactive.org/7083/…/junior-sports-person-of-the –year  or www.getberkshireactive.org/7082/news/sports-person-ot-the-year

Dorset.  Christchurch   Contact through website www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/399080/Landscape and Countryside-team-Leader?formid=10888649

Poole  Telephone   0844 846 7608

Hampshire  The County Council makes awards.  There are 17 classes.  Entries close on 31st December, 2016.

Further details from www.sporthampshireiow.co.uk/sportsawards

The Schools Sports Federation makes awards.

Eastleigh  11categories.  Apply at website  hhtps://www..eastleigh.gov.uk/sport,-countryside,-parks-culture/sport-and-active-lifestyles/eastleigh-sport-and physical-activity-alliance (spaa)/sports awards-2016.aspx

Fareham   Contact jcomplin@fareham.gov.uk

New Forest  Go to www.newforest.gov.uk/sport  Similar to Hampshire Enter by end of year.

Romsey  No information obtained but they do have awards

Southampton  Ditto

Winchester  Use www.Winchester.gov.uk?sportsawards.  Enter by end of year.

Wiltshire  The awards were cancelled last year., as a temporary measure.

Winning awards is similar to to Athletic Competition.  You have to enter to gain experience.  Some authorities award a certificate to all valid entrants.  Then you know you are in the right track.  So start right away and if you not win this year have another go next year when you have plenty of time to prepare your presentation