Poole Athletic Club

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Poole Athletic Club


Ashdown Leisure Centre track,
Ashdown Close,
Canford Heath.



3 Yes Volunteers needed

Since the boom after the 2012 Olympics we had a surge in membership and attendance. We experienced a similar spike in interest after Rio and are experiencing another after the World Championships in London in 2017. We were the first Athletics Club in Dorset to be awarded "Clubmark" in 2013, for the achieving of which many criteria had to be satisfied. This was successfully renewed in March 2016. We have tried to build our pyramid of Coaches by broadening the base and encouraging advancement. There will always be jobs to do and it would be brilliant if we could encourage more members (and not only Seniors) to become Officials, without whom competitions do not happen. As you will see from the web-site, we are involved in five Track Leagues during the summer, partly on our own and also as part of Team Dorset. In the winter our athletes participate in Indoor, Sports Hall, Cross-Country, and Road Race events. All of these need support staff e.g. with issuing and collecting kit, writing event times for each athlete at competitions, checking in the training fees, moving equipment, setting up and clearing the training venues, etc. There are LOADS OF JOBS ! Are YOU willing to help ?
Our Team Dorset HQ at Ashdown was funded in 2015 mostly by Sport England, England Athletics, and Poole Council. This involves more work and thus provides more need for volunteers.
As you will see on the web-site we train throughout the year and compete throughout the year. For many of the support jobs, no previous experience is needed. We ask anyone wishing to help regularly to do a UKA DBS-type self-check as a volunteer. This is free.

About our club

Poole AC has existed for more than 100 years to serve the athletes of the area. We have an "open door" policy for athletes of all abilities aged 8 upwards. We cover Track and Field, Cross-Country, Road Running, and Indoor and Sports Hall events. There is much information on the web-site.
A modular building was formally opened on May 16th. 2015. It is a base for Team Dorset, but is intended for regular use by Poole AC and Poole Runners, plus occasional use by others. Among the 2017 achievements of our athletes was that in September one of our para-bikers, Lindsay Chapman, competed for UK in the Invictus Games in Toronto, returning as CHAMPION ! More recently, Melissa Courtney gained a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast in April 2018. (See image.) But we are equally proud when e.g. a 9-year-old does a PB in the 75m. ! In fact 10-year-olds and others from the Junior Club feature regularly at the front of the local weekly Poole Junior ParkRun.
We started the 2018 season with the Bournemouth AC Open at the end of March at which a number of PAC athletes set useful base-lines of performance. However the first Wessex match on April 8th. showed the need for more of our regular trainees to commit themselves to actually COMPETE for the club in matches. Encouraging signs came from the u11s on both days, our members finishing second (out of 6) in the Wessex match and three of their Club records already broken.

Sports and activities

  • Athletics

Skills Required

  • Working with children and young people

Upcoming event

Our next match is the first Team Dorset event for u17s and Seniors in the Southern League match at Brighton on April 14. We have been accepted as an England Athletics "Inspirational Club" for our work with Para athletes and other parts of the community.
Through the year we train twice a week, on Tuesday evenings at Ashdown Leisure Centre track, and again on Saturdays - mornings in the summer, and afternoons through the winter.
Please check the Poole AC web-site for news, results, and future arrangements.

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