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Notice of AGM

The Annual General Meeting for 2022 will take place on:

Saturday 19th February at 7:00pm

Venue: Bowls Club

All members are invited to attend the meeting at which there will be:

  • Reports from the Chair and Treasurer on the progress of the club in 2020/21
  • Elections of the Management Committee for 2022

After the formal meeting there will be an open forum for members to put forward their views and ideas on a range of issues to help guide your Committee in planning the way forward in 2022 and beyond.

The issues include:

  • Communications
  • The training calendar
  • Races and events
  • What do members want from the club?

**Expressions of interest in joining the Committee and any other business relating to the club has been extended to Friday 11th February**

Stewy Bell
Club Secretary

New Club Facebook Page

As you might be aware as was discussed last week the club have created a new Facebook page in order to be more marketable to a more full audience. Please can you like/follow the page and click the settings button (three dots “…”) click follow options and enable post notifications so you have less chances to miss anything.

We will be keeping the old Facebook groups live for a few weeks so that the current posts that have timely relevant information can still be accessed and the conservation of 10 years of photos (for better or worse) can occur.

Otherwise have fun and this should make life simpler

Any queries/suggestions regarding the new page or anything social media to Jordan Bell.

Notice of club meeting!

Wednesday 17th November at Blackhill Bowls Club 7pm.

Now that most of us have been able to enter some races and restrictions have been lifted, we want to look at what we can do to move the club forward for 2022 and beyond. We want everyone to share their ideas on what they want from the club and what they can do to help.

We’ve arranged a meeting on the 17th of November at 7PM, for you to come and share your thoughts and ideas, as well as having a drink!

Before coming along, it would be great if you could do a couple of things. 

  1. Please confirm your email address is correct, we need that, or we can’t send anything to you because of GDPR rules.
  2. And most importantly, let us know if you have any questions or ideas about what the club should be doing. 

We want your thoughts on things like,

  • What kind of training nights do you want? E.g., Structured training sessions, long Sunday runs?
    • Where do we want to meet? 
    • Do you want to take part in team events? E.g., Harrier League Cross Country, Relays etc?
    • What races do you want to arrange trips to? E.g., Blyth Sands 5th December.
    • What do you think we should do about membership fees? It was £15 this year which covered the England Athletics fee.
    • Or anything else you want to talk about.

As well as your ideas, please let us know what you are able and willing to do to help arrange all of this. The club is for all members, and everyone can make a contribution.  

Please let us have your thoughts before the 10th of November, that should give us enough time to collate them all and to prepare some further ideas etc. If you can’t make that evening, we still want to read what you have to suggest. 

Look forward to seeing as many people as possible on the evening.

Stewy Bell

 Club Secretary

Headtorch Runs!

DATES FOR THE DIARY!! 🔦🏃‍♀️🔦🏃‍♂️

12th November 6:30pm

Hamsterley Forest Headtorch run led by club member Rachel Edmunds.  6 Miles in total.
Meeting at the main car park in Hamsterley Forest ( car park near the toilet block) 
Refreshments back in Wolsingham at the Black Bull Pub.🍻🍻

26th November 6:30pm

Beamish Run – more details to follow closer to the time.

For further information speak to James Newton.

Return of athletics and running (updated 15 July)

15th July 2021

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Updated 15 July 2021

On Monday 12 July, the Prime Minister confirmed the timeline as England moves to Step 4 of the UK Government’s roadmap.

As of Monday 19 July, most restrictions in England relating to COVID-19 will be eased. This of course is very positive for the return of athletics and running across the country.

The Key facts

  • There are no legal restrictions around numbers gathering across both indoor and outdoor settings. This means all venues and events can take place with no limit on participant and spectator numbers. Notwithstanding the normal risk assessments and event management practice must be adhered to.
  • There is no legal requirement for clubs, facilities, coaches or competition providers to collect data for test and trace or to display a QR code.
  • Currently there are no legal requirements around COVID-19 tests or NHS passports pre- or post-participation.
  • There are no restrictions on social distancing or requirement for test and trace to be carried out.
  • UK Government guidance should be followed for international travel. Exemptions to some of the restrictions do exist for those athletes classified as ‘elite’ and these are detailed in the UK Government elite sport guidance
  • There are no restrictions on car sharing, minibus or coach travel.
  • Participants and volunteers can now travel across England and stay overnight to participate and volunteer within the sport. There are no restrictions on volunteers sharing rooms with people from outside their family.
  • There is an emphasis on personal responsibility for reducing risk. Clubs and competition providers should give clear guidance that individuals should not turn up to an athletics or running environment (club, coached or competition) if displaying symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Clubs and competition providers should make participants aware of:
    • Clear guidance to prospective participants on COVID-19 symptoms
    • Any safety measures they put in place to reduce risk
    • Reducing any potential transmission to staff
    • Ways to mitigate risk to vulnerable groups
  • Clubs and competition providers may (but this is NOT mandatory) ask participants to:
    • Sign in using a QR code and keep test and trace data
    • Take a COVID-19 test before participation
    • Wear a mask

This is fantastic news for the sport but the pandemic is far from over and is it important that we encourage the continued implementation of some of the safeguarding measures that as a society we have put into place over the last 18 months.

UK Government statistics suggest people are nervous about returning to normality. Only 40% of people feel comfortable going to indoor gyms, leisure centres or swimming pools. There is a nervousness of some individuals around the return to sport.  All individuals, clubs and competition providers should be aware of this and communicate effectively with all prospective participants to make them feel as comfortable as possible to take part in athletics and running activities.

Washing hands, using masks in certain situations (indoors) and maintaining social distance between one another have been proven to reduce the likelihood of spreading COVID-19. Therefore, it is important that all clubs, coaches, volunteers, and competition providers continue to carry out local risk assessments around the environment and participants to make sure they continue to provide the safest possible environment for everybody to participate and support the sport that we love.

It is also important to recognise that some measures that have been highlighted by England Athletics throughout the COVID-19 guidance issued since April 2020 should feature as standard in club risk assessments and health and safety processes i.e. maintaining safe and effective ratios of runners or athletes to leaders and coaches, and ensuring all participants are registered for training sessions with emergency contacts details available and health / fitness concerns identified.

Questions that club coaches and competition providers may wish to consider.

Q: Should masks be worn?

A: Individuals might still be classed as vulnerable to COVID-19, or just feel safer wearing a mask in certain crowded environments. Through a local risk assessment, the advice might be to continue wearing face masks in certain environments. Local operators of venues may encourage or mandate this as part of their operating procedure.

Q: Do we need to keep details for test and trace and QR codes?

A: Some athletes, runners and volunteers may wish to provide their contact details for test and trace or scan a QR code to ensure they receive updates if there is a breakout around a particular venue. Local operators of venues may encourage or mandate this as part of their operating procedure.

Q: What needs to be in a local risk assessment?

A: As with all risk assessments they need to be based on the local environment and participants at the session. Therefore, you may wish to include the following (amongst other mitigations) in your risk assessments:

  • Continuing the use of a COVID-19 coordinator
  • Implementing extra hygiene measures between users sharing equipment
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • The use of masks in crowded environments
  • One-way routes etc when accessing venues.

Q: What message should clubs, coaches and competition providers be putting out prior to sessions?

A: Clubs, coaches and competition providers should offer clear guidance to both participants and volunteers around expected behaviours prior to arriving at any sessions. It should be made clear to everybody potentially involved it is their personal responsibility not to turn up to the activity if displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as outlined in the UK Government guidance.  It is also a personal responsibility to assess personal risk at an event and be aware that clubs and competition providers may impose local restrictions for health and safety and COVID-19 reasons.

Useful links for further information: