Poole Athletic Club
Main club details
AddressAshdown Leisure Centre track,
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 expect another after the World Championships in London this year. We were the first Athletics Club in Dorset to be awarded "Clubmark", 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 2016 achievements of our athletes have been that in October three of our male members competed for GB in the junior Modern Pentathlon World Championships, two returning as CHAMPIONS ! 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 have featured regularly at the front of the local Poole Junior ParkRun since it started in January 2016.
We performed strongly in 2016 winning all four S-WAL matches (at Exeter and Yeovil) and thus Division 1 of that League. As Team Dorset we finished third in our UK YDL LAG (u13 and u15) division (out of 8 clubs). In the UK YDL UAG (u17 and u20) four matches, the strength of Premier opposition and having long distances to some matches (e.g. Norwich) was too hard for this Team Dorset team which was relegated: however a re-jigged organisation means that we are still in Premier 2 for 2017. We managed to field teams covering enough events in the Wessex (as Poole AC) and Southern (as Team Dorset) Leagues, and thus held our rankings into 2017.
Sports and activities
- Working with children and young people
After two matches we are second in the Southern League. After three matches we are fourth in both UKYDL Lower age-group, and in the South-West League. Our next home match is the final Wessex League match, at Ashdown on July 16. We have been accepted to bid for recognition as an England Athletics "Inspirational Club" for our work with Para athletes.
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.