Thursday, August 16, 2018

Competition Selection Policy

A few members, team managers, coaches and parents have asked for clarification of the Clubs selection policy in relation to league matches and relay teams. 

This is more important now than ever before as the numbers competing across the country has risen and this year, we may lose the Central and South of Scotland League, reducing opportunities for our members to compete.  If that were to happen, our U11’s would have no league competition to look forward to.

Whether or not this happens, the club will encourage and assist our members to attend at some of the many open graded meetings held across the west of Scotland.

VP Glasgow Competition Selection Policy

The aim of this statement is to provide an understanding for parents and athletes of the process employed by VP-Glasgow Team Managers when selecting athletes to compete for the Club. 

The club participates in the following leagues:

•         SAIL (Indoor League) (U11 & above)

•         YDL (U13 & above)

•         CSSAL (U11 & above)

•         SWAL (Female only) (U13 & above)

•         SAL (Men’s League) (U17 & above)

•         UKWAL (Female Only) (Senior)

Save for relay events only 2 athletes will be selected per event.

Selection will always be based upon rankings. That means the athlete with the fastest recorded time will be selected first; the athlete with the second fastest time will be selected second.

From a club perspective this system is used to ensure we field the strongest team for meetings. For the athlete it ensures fairness and expectation; encourages participation and sets a benchmark for standards.

Athletes are encouraged to participate in open graded meetings and championship races to obtain official times and/or distances. A timetable of events can be viewed on the Scottish Athletics website events page.

Athletes who are selected to race and commit to attending but fail to show without communicating their non-attendance and/or without a reasonable explanation, will not be selected to compete for future events regardless of their capability to do so.

Performance Assessments

Over the two weeks beginning on Monday the 13th of February, the club will be using our electronic timing gates to record every athletes performance over 60m and 100m (or equivalent for age).  These times will be used in conjunction with future assessments to monitor every individuals progress leading up to the start of the outdoor season.

Once these tests have been completed, the officials and coaches charged with the task will include the other track and field events.

These tests are not intended to replace officially timed and measured competition performances but to inform coaches and athletes of their current standing.  We hope to encourage all of our athletes to be the best they can be and to identify the event or events they are most likely to succeed in.

In every league match, we require two 100m sprinters, two long jumpers and two javelin throwers yet if you look around the track at Scotstoun, you’ll see 40 sprinters for every thrower or jumper.

More of our coaches are including sessions for jumps and throws and we hope to increase the number participating over the coming months.


Gordon Innes

Club Secretary

Membership and Training Fees

The club currently has 550 paid up members, most of whom are based at Scotstoun Stadium.  While we’re delighted with the size of our membership we’re aware that this has been possible by charging very competitive prices.

To continue to offer our excellent coaching and competition opportunities at the same price, we do have to make sure that all of our members are paying the correct annual membership and training fees.

There is a small number who have not yet paid an annual membership fee and are not on our database.  Members of our committee will be visiting the trackside with a register to identify these athletes and will allow them one last opportunity to join the club.

Another small group of athletes who again train at Scotstoun have been paying cash for access to the stadium.  They will also receive a letter asking them to abide by the club constitution and pay the appropriate training fee by direct debit.  Anyone not paying the training fee by direct debit will have their membership suspended.  Remember, if you’re paying cash at the door, no money comes to the club and it weakens our ability to negotiate the access pricing on your behalf.

There is another small group of athletes who have been paying by standing order for over two years and are not on our current online database.  Through no fault of their own, they were left behind on the old system and have missed the prompts to switch to Direct Debit through PaySubsOnline.

If you’re still paying by standing order, please cancel and sign up via our website at  Once logged in, you can add the training fees through PaySubsOnline.

If anyone needs help logging into the PaySubsOnline system or advice about payments or club rules, you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or telephone on 07983360804.


Gordon Innes

Club Secretary



Spring Athletic Camps

Spring Holiday Athletic Camp - Run, Jump & Throw Sessions

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

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

The dates of the camps will be from Monday the 3rd till Friday the 7th of April and Monday the 10th of April till Friday the 14th of April.

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 £42.  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.


Gothenburg 2017

After the success of last years trip, the Club is intending returning to the Youth Games at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden for the three days of competition starting on Friday the 30th of June.  The games are very well attended and a high level of competition is expected.  In 2009, VP-Glasgow finished 14th in the medal table out of 177 Clubs.  There is a short video preview available at this link.

Four nights Bed and Breakfast have been booked in advance from Thursday the 29th June till Monday the 2nd of July at the Hotel Opera within walking distance of the stadium.  The accommodation will be held for a short time only to allow those intending to travel to book their flights. 

Four nights bed and breakfast will cost £220 per head for athletes, coaches, team managers and committee members.  £285 for parents or guardians.  The cost has increased significantly since last year due to the value of the pound against the Krona.

The competition is open to Seniors and all ages down to 12 year olds born in 2005 (not younger).  Athletes, 15 years and younger would need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or responsible adult.

If you would like to travel, you should book the flights listed below and then send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have any questions, you can contact Gordon on 07983360804 or by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Games are held over three days, starting on Friday the 30th of June and ending on Sunday the 2nd of July.

The full program of events is listed on the attached pdf file.  Entries will cost about £7 per event.  The club will submit the entries on your behalf in April.  There is a minimum standard for throws events which is listed on the pdf file.  Some preliminary rounds of the long jump for younger athletes may be held outside the main arena.

Last years results can be seen on this pdf file.

Everyone will be responsible for booking their own flights.  

The recommended route will be from Edinburgh to Gothenburg via Stockholm.  Flying from Edinburgh at 0955 hrs on Thursday the 29th of June on board Scandinavian Airlines flight SK2542.  Changing at Stockholm to Scandinavian Airlines flight SK161.

The return flight from Gothenburg which leaves at 1130 hrs on Monday the 2nd of July is a direct flight to Edinburgh with Ryan Air, flight number FR7893.

The simplest way to book the flights is via the Opodo website but other agents provide a similar service or you may prefer to book with the individual airlines.  Book your flights as soon as possible as we cannot guarantee their availability and the prices will vary considerably over the coming weeks.

** If the interest in attending is very high, the Club reserves the right to accomodate some of the group in an alternative hotel  **


Gordon Innes