May 2012







The Club continues to need additional volunteers to assist with day-to-day activities. The main priority is the recruitment of more people to train to become Coaches. At the present time, we continue to have many young people on the waiting list and we will continue to struggle to accommodate them unless we can find more parents and friends prepared, initially, to work alongside an experienced Coach in order to achieve the Coaching Assistant (Level 1 qualification). It’s a demanding role but very rewarding. If you are interested in finding out more about what’s involved, talk to Tony Benton, the Coaching Co-ordinator or any member of the Club Committee.

Other volunteering opportunities with the Club include occasional help in the canteen, helping with our events (e.g. the annual Spring Warm-up meeting), helping officiate at our league meetings (from raking the pit during the long jump event to measuring distances at the throws events, timekeeping and track judging), and occasional DIY help, maintenance, painting, etc. As above, talk to any member of the Club Committee if you think you may be able to help.


Fine fundraising effort by Claire and Mini-Marathon athletes  

For the first time this year, Havering’s competitors in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon were asked to consider fundraising for a local Havering Charity. In addition, one of the Club’s Coaches, Claire Richards, running her fourth London Marathon, also agreed to raise funds for the same cause.

The Charity concerned is Add-up, a Hornchurch based organisation providing essential support for children with attention deficit disorders. With monies still coming in, the total looks like exceeding 1200 and arrangements will be made to hand the proceeds over to a representative from the Charity at Hornchurch Stadium in the near future. Well done to Claire and to all the young people who got involved with the fundraising effort.


Tony Benton, the Club’s Coaching Co-ordinator, is currently updating the database of Club Coaches. If you are a Club Coach and haven’t yet provided Tony with a photocopy of your Coaching Licence, please do so as soon as possible. The information is also required as part of ‘Clubmark’ accreditation that it is hoped will be completed over the next few months.

Essex Championships

There were some very good performances (including 16 gold medals) by Club athletes on Days 1, 2 and 3 of the Essex County Championships at Southend and Chelmsford.

All the results are on the Club website: Follow link



Work to refurbish the track and field facilities at the Mayesbrook Arena is almost complete and the facility will be used for training by Olympic athletes from many countries in the lead up to the Games. Subsequently, the venue will be used for training by Paralympic athletes.

It is hoped that the Club will be able to move back to Mayesbrook in October although detailed discussions have yet to take place with the local authority.


Jack Petchey Foundation

The Club continues to be grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for regular funding through the Achievement Awards scheme. In the next couple of weeks, another twelve young Club members will be selected to receive an award, so watch out for presentations at the Stadium during training sessions.

Essex Athletics Network

Copies of the latest Newsletter of the Essex Athletics Network are available in the Clubhouse. Tony Benton, in his role as Network Activator, is in the process, with the assistance of representatives from member Clubs, of preparing the Year 3 Plan prior to its submission to England Athletics for approval.   If you wish to know more about the work of the Network and the opportunities available for competition and coach development, talk to Tony or either of the Club’s representatives on the Network Committee – Jean & Doug Tierney.

Club Committee

A list of Club Committee members (as elected at the Annual General Meeting in March 2012) can be found on the Club website.

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A few Health & Safety reminders

As a general rule, no athletes should be on the track until their Coach is present to supervise warm-up and training. In addition, all headphones etc should be removed upon entering the Stadium and not used under any circumstances during training (including road runs).

AFC Hornchurch

Congratulations to our friends at AFC Hornchurch who, following an exciting play-off fixture, were successful in gaining promotion to the Conference South League.

QuadKids competition

As part of the London Borough of Havering’s Jubilee celebrations, the Club is organising a QuadKids competition in Raphael Park, Romford on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th (10.30am – 12.30pm). The competition is open to school years 3 – 6 and full details including an entry form can be found on the home page of the Club website. PRE-REGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL.


Spring Warm-up Meeting

Belated thanks to everybody who helped in the planning and organisation on the day of the traditional Spring Warm-up meeting. The sun shone and the early season athletics action was to a good standard. As you probably know, however, the day was marred when an opportunistic thief (or thieves), stole the day’s entries fees, estimated at some 1200.


Summer Academy

In an effort to reduce the Club’s waiting list, a Summer Academy on Wednesday afternoons has been organised by Tony Benton with the assistance of some fourteen volunteers (Coaches and Leaders). Upon completion of the programme, it is hoped that those attending regularly will be able to be assimilated into young athlete



On a number of occasions recently, equipment containers and the fencing in front of the containers have been left unlocked following Sunday morning training. Could all Coaches please make every effort to ensure that our equipment (and the Stadium) is left secure following such sessions.



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