Monday, June 25, 2018

600 Members and counting

The club has finally reached a major milestone in our development when our 600th member signed up via PaySubsOnline.  The lucky and photiogenic lad was none other than Martin Ferrie aged 8.  Martin was presented with a club vest, training top and hoodie to mark the occassion and he agreed to pose for pictures which were sent out with a press release from Glasgow Life.

The below article appeared in the Evening Times on Monday the 26th of June.

Youngest runner marks Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletic Club milestone (From Evening Times)

By Catriona Stewart

AN eight-year-old has become the 600th member of Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletic Club - making him the newest and youngest.

Martin Ferrie has been attending the club’s Run, Jump and Throw sessions for the past three years.

And he is already a mini-celebrity on the Glasgow athletics circle after becoming the first junior to complete 100 Parkruns in Victoria Park.

After celebrating his birthday just a few weeks ago, one of Martin’s first tasks as an eight-year-old was to officially join VP-Glasgow as a full member now that he meets the minimum age requirement.

To mark the occasion, he was presented with a club vest, hoodie and training top.

Gordon Innes, Secretary of VP-Glasgow, said: “We’ve been based in Scotstoun since our formation in 1930 and we’re recognised as a strong, vibrant, inclusive and family-friendly club which is at the heart of the west of Glasgow community.

“It was a real pleasure to welcome Martin to the club as our 600th full member.

"He’s been training with us for years and has already shown a great dedication to the sport - even at such a young age.

"Working with people of all ages is very important to us as we aim to help our members develop themselves through athletics, leading not only to a better performance, but to good health throughout their lives.

“We’re grateful to Glasgow Sport for their support and understanding as we work to increase the reach of our club and ensure athletics is accessible for all.”

This landmark membership number is the highest the club has seen and is double the number of members the club had when it returned to training in Scotstoun Stadium following a refurbishment in 2010.

And it’s a story of doubles where the club is concerned.

VP-Glasgow enjoys a partnership with Glasgow Sport, meaning they can use the stadium’s athletics facilities to train four evenings a week - twice what was on offer in 2010.

The number of coaches working and volunteering with the club has also increased to double the number in the same time.

Recently awarded status as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, the club has been going from strength to strength in recent years and, at the recent West District Track and Field Championships, members won 69 medals.

The club has also expanded its disability section to include race-running for athletes with cerebral palsy and, this year, will host events such as the Scottish Athletics Junior Championships at Scotstoun Stadium in August.

Billy Garrett, Glasgow Life’s Director of Sport and Events, said: “We’ve worked hard to ensure Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club has been able to enjoy maximum training time this year, allowing them to focus on recruiting more members and coaches.

“It’s really special to know that their 600th member was young Martin as it is a clear example of the work being carried out by grassroots organisations across the city to get as many young people as possible into sport.

“We look forward to strengthening our partnership with the Victoria Park athletes in years to come, and will continue to support the brilliant work they’re carrying out in the city.”

 

Summer Holiday Athletic Camps 2017

Summer Holiday Athletic Camp - Run, Jump & Throw Sessions

VP-Glasgow will be hosting five weeks of athletics training for children aged 5 to 13 years.

The camps will be held over the Summer break at Scotstoun Stadium.

The dates of the camps will be from Monday the 10th of July till Friday the 11th of August.

The sessions begin each day at 10am and finish at 2pm with a short break for lunch.  (athletes will need to bring their own food and refreshments)

The cost for the five days of each Camp will be £44.  The cost of attending individual days is £13.

You can book your child onto the camps by following this link.

The Run, Jump & Throw Club (RJT) is a programme designed to give children an opportunity to discover and participate in Athletics activities all year round.

The RJT is tailored to suit children of all skill levels from beginners and less experienced youngsters up to those who have already taken part in introductory athletics programmes, holiday courses or local junior competitions.

The RJT programme offers children a wide variety of Athletics events and techniques, and focuses on the FUNdamental movement skills, important in every child's development.

Events covered include:

Sprints, Hurdles, Shot putt, Javelin, Discus, Long jump, High jump, Relay Races and Endurance

Who is it for?

Children aged from 5 to 13 years who want to have fun, participate, make friends, and learn new and exciting skills.

What do I need to get started?

Just a pair of trainers, a bottle of water and clothing suitable for exercise.

Please book early as places are limited.

Follow this link for bookings.

 

New Training Aids

Ten of our coaches recently attended the physical preparation course organised by Scottish Athletics at Scotstoun Stadium.  The cost of the course was met by a grant from the Christina Gould Trust to which we are very grateful.

There was also money put aside to purchase licenses for the movement dynamics coaching software which featured on the course.

Last week, thanks to the generosity of our sponsor, McKnight Financial the club purchased three new Samsung Tablets which can be used by any of our coaches.

We're very grateful to Graham for his continued support.  Without his involvement with the club we would be unable to fund a project like this.

Initially, everyone who would like to view the extensive video library can take a tablet home for a month for some home study.  When the tablets are returned, they'll be held by three of the coaching groups who can make use of the additional software for super slow motion video analysis.

Each tablet now has a copy of Coaches Eye installed.  This will allow coaches to analyse individual movement and technical ability.  These tools are especially useful for jumps, hurdles and throwing events.

If you would like to have access to either the movement dynamics library or the coaches eye application, let me know and I'll add you to a short waiting list.

 

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Run, Jump and Throw Club 2017

Victoria Park City Of Glasgow host

a Run, Jump and Throw Club at Scotstoun Stadium in Danes Drive, Glasgow on Tuesday afternoons from 4.30pm till 5.30pm for 5 - 7 year olds or 5.30pm till 6.30pm for 8 - 12 year olds.  They also run two sessions on Saturday mornings from 9.30am till 10.30am for 5 - 7 year olds or 10.30 till 11.30am for 8 - 12 year olds.

The sessions are usually held over 8 week blocks which can be booked at this link.  If the sessions are not fully booked, you will still be able to book the remaining sessions.

The sessions are open to boys and girls aged 5 years to 12 years.

 

The Run, Jump & Throw Club (RJT) is a programme designed to give children an opportunity to discover and participate in Athletics activities all year round.


The RJT is tailored to suit children of all skill levels from beginners and less experienced youngsters up to those who have already taken part in introductory athletics programmes, holiday courses or local junior competitions.

The RJT programme offers children a wide variety of Athletics events and techniques, and focuses on the FUNdamental movement skills, important in every child's development.


Events covered include:

Sprints, Hurdles, Shot putt, Javelin, Discus, Long jump, High jump, Relay Races and Endurance


Who is it for?

Children aged from 5 to 12 years who want to have fun, participate, make friends, and learn new and exciting skills.



What do I need to get started?

Just a pair of trainers, a bottle of water and clothing suitable for exercise.

 

More details of upcoming sessions are available at this link.

 

Please book early as places will be limited.