Sunday, October 21, 2018

Coaching Videos

The Club has purchased the licence for the World Class Track and Field Series of coaching videos.  Over 14 hours of coaching instruction and demonstration from some of the USA's most successful coaches.

The series covers Sprints & Relays, Shot Put, High Jump, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw, 300/400m Hurdles, Pole Vault, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, 400m and 100m Hurdles.

The videos can be viewed online using any of our three Samsung Galaxy tablets.  The Championship Productions app has been installed on all three of the tablets.

Any coaches who would like to view the videos can borrow one of the tablets from Gordon.

Full details of the contents of the series can be found at this link.

 

Summer Fixture List

Below is the most relevant fixtures from this years summer season.  Not all fixtures are listed here.  You'll have to visit Scottish Athletics Events page for the full list.

Date Event Venue
Wed 4 - Sat 15 April Commonwealth Games Gold Coast
Saturday 7 Apr Throws Grand Prix - 1 Inverness
Saturday 14 Apr 3 x 800m Relay Champs Grangemouth
Wednesday 18 Apr Livingston Open Graded - 1 Livingston
Friday 20 Apr National 10K Champs Crownpoint
Sunday 22 Apr YDL Grangemouth
Tuesday 24 Apr Linwood Open Graded Linwood
Sunday 29 Apr YDL UAG (Team Glasgow) Carlisle
Sunday 29 Apr - TBC CSSAL - 1 TBC
Wednesday 2 May Grangemouth Open Graded - 1 Grangemouth
Saturday 5 May SAL (Men's League) - 1 Grangemouth
Sunday 6 May SWAL - 1 Grangemouth
Saturday 12 May West District Champs Kilmarnock
Sunday 13 May West District Champs Kilmarnock
Saturday 19 May  Throws Grand Prix - 2 Livingston
Wednesday 23 May Livingston Open Graded - 2 Livingston
Sunday 20 May YDL Grangemouth
Saturday 26 May Celtic Unis International Grangemouth
Sunday 27 May- TBC CSSAL - 2 TBC
Sunday 27 May YDL UAG (Team Glasgow) Wavertree
Wednesday 30 May GAA Sprint Gala (Open Graded) - 1 Scotstoun
Friday 1 Jun U17/U20 3K Champs Scotstoun
Friday 1 Jun Scottish Schools Relays Hutcheson's GS
Saturday 2 Jun Scottish Schools Pentathlon Grangemouth
Saturday 2 Jun Primary School Relays Grangemouth
Sunday 3 Jun UKWAL - 1 Bedford
Sunday 3 Jun Greenock Open Graded Greenock
Wednesday 6 Jun Grangemouth Open Graded - 2 Grangemouth
Wednesday 6 Jun SDS Junior T & F Champs Grangemouth
Friday 8 Jun Scottish Schools T & F Champs Grangemouth
Saturday 9 Jun Scottish Schools T & F Champs Grangemouth
Sunday 10 Jun SAL (Men's League) - 2 Aberdeen
Saturday 16 Jun U12 Superteams Perth
Saturday 16 Jun - TBC Red Star Disability Champs Crownpoint
Sunday 17 Jun YDL (Convening) Scotstoun
Wednesday 20 Jun Livingston Open Graded - 3 Livingston
Saturday 23 Jun  Throws Grand Prix - 3 Livingston
Sunday 24 Jun SAL (Men's League) - 3 Grangewmouth
Sunday 24 Jun SWAL - 2 Scotstoun
Tuesday 26 Jun Linwood Open Graded Linwood
Sunday 1 Jul  CSSAL - 3 Scotstoun
Sunday 1 Jul YDL UAG (Team Glasgow) Carlisle
Wednesday 4 Jul Grangemouth Open Graded - 3 Grangemouth
Sunday 8 Jul UKWAL - 2 Liverpool
Wednesday 11 Jul GAA Sprint Gala (Open Graded) - 2 Scotstoun
Saturday 14 Jul National Masters Champs Grangemouth
Saturday 14 Jul National Combined Events Grangemouth
Sunday 15 Jul National Combined Events Grangemouth
Wednesday 18 Jul Livingston Open Graded - 4 Livingston
Saturday 21 Jul SIAB T & F International (Invitation) Grangemouth
Friday 27 Jul Nat Masters East/West 5K Champs Scotstoun
Sunday 29 Jul YDL Scottish Final TBC
Wednesday 1 Aug Grangemouth Open Graded - 4 Grangemouth
Saturday 4 Aug  Celtic Games International Grangemouth
Sunday 5 Aug Livingston Open CE Champs Livingston
Sunday 5 Aug UKWAL - 3 Sheffield
Wednesday 8 Aug GAA Sprint Gala (Open Graded) - 3 Scotstoun
Saturday 11 Aug U17/SNR Champs Grangemouth
Sunday 12 Aug U17/SNR Champs Grangemouth
Saturday 18 Aug U13/U20 Champs Aberdeen
Sunday 19 Aug U13/U20 Champs Aberdeen
Sunday 19 Aug U15 Champs Aberdeen
Wednesday 22 Aug Livingston Open Graded - 5 Livingston
Sunday 26 Aug SAL (Men's League) - 4 Kilmarnock
Sunday 26 Aug SWAL - 3 Grangemouth
Sunday 2 Sep Greenock Open Graded Greenock
Wednesday 5 Sep Grangemouth Open Graded - 5 Grangemouth
Saturday 8 Sep  Throws Grand Prix - 4 Livingston
Wednesday 12 Sep SDS Senior T & F Champs Grangemouth
     
Links for Open Graded Competition Entries    
Livingston:   http://www.livingstonac.com/entry.php?fid=3139
 
GAA Sprint Galas:     http://www.glasgowathletics.org.uk/activities/ogms
Grangemouth:  http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/grangemouth-stadium/ogm.aspx
Linwood/Greenock:  Entries open 4 wks before each OGM and will be advertised on Social Media.

Venues

ARENA/STADIUM ADDRESS
ABERDEEN SPORTS VILLAGE Linksfield Road, Aberdeen, AB24 5RU
DAM PARK STADIUM Dam Park Road, Ayr KA8 0ET
CROWNPOINT SPORTS COMPLEX 183 Crownpoint Road, Glasgow, G40 2AL
GRANGEMOUTH STADIUM Kersiebank Avenue, Grangemouth, FK3 0EE
RAVENSCRAIG ACTIVITY CENTRE 98 Auchmead Rd, Greenock, PA16 0JE
QUEENS PARK STADIUM Inverness, IV3 5SS
AYRSHIRE ATHLETICS ARENA Queens Drive, Kilmarnock, KA1 3XF
LINWOOD SPORTS COMPLEX Brediland Road, Linwood, PA3 3RA. 
CRAIGSWOOD SPORTS CENTRE Xcite Craigswood, Livingston, EH54 5ER
MEADOWBANK STADIUM 139-143 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
GEORGE DUNCAN ARENA Perth Grammar School, North Muirton, Bute Dr, Perth, PH1 5AZ
PITREAVIE SPORTS GROUND Queensferry Road, Dunfermline, KY11 8PP
SCOTSTOUN STADIUM 70 Danes Drive, Glasgow, G14 9HD
WISHAW SPORTS CENTRE Alexander Street, Wishaw, ML2 0HQ
   

 

 

Gothenburg Youth Games 2018

The Club is looking at taking a limited number of athletes to this year’s Gothenburg Youth Games between 29th June and 1st July with a view, if this year’s trip is a success, to having a much larger group attend the 2019 event.

This is a highly competitive and prestigious event held at the world famous Ullevi Stadium, where Jonathan Edwards set his still unbeaten World Triple Jump Record in 1995.

The event is open to all athletes born before 1st Jan 2007 and the Club is looking to send athletes that will be competitive in their chosen event(s) based on previous results at the Games. Competitive means being capable of finishing in the top 30/getting through qualifying.  If an athlete is likely to finish in the top 20 then the Club will provide £100 of support towards the cost of the event for that athlete.

The full program of events can be found at http://www.vuspel.se/pdf/VUinbj18eng.pdf.  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.

For travel there are 2 options:

  1. For athletes competing/qualifying on Fri 29th June: 1 stop flight from Edinburgh to Gothenburg on Thurs 28th June and non-stop flight back on Mon 2nd July (current best price c£185 return)
  2. For athletes competing on either Sat 30th June or Sunday 1st July: non-stop flight from Edinburgh on Fri 29th June and non-stop flight back on Mon 2nd July  (current best price c£125 return)

Obviously flight prices change daily so if you are selected for the event then you would be advised to book flights sooner rather than later.  Hotel accommodation will be arranged once final numbers are known.  The cost of bed and breakfast accommodation is likely to be around £50 per person per night.

If either you or your child is interested in competing at this prestigious event then please can you email Colin Speirs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance, by Friday 16th March, with the following information:

Name

Age/year of birth

Chosen event(s)

PB and anticipated standard at time of the Games

Colin can also be contacted on 07957 423389.

Athletes 15 years and younger would need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or responsible adult.  Athletes aged 16 years and older will be expected to be self-sufficient during the trip but can expect help and guidance from the Club Coaches that are attending the event.

As always, we also require a number of Club Coaches to attend the Games to manage and support the Team.  We require a ratio of 1 coach per 4 athletes under the age of 16.  Any coach that is willing to help with managing  the Team will receive £100 from the Club towards their costs of attending the Games.  Please can you email Colin Speirs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in helping.

Thanks, Colin.

 

 

Becky finds recruits in Malawi

One of Victoria Park’s senior athletes and lead coach of our disability group, Becky Dunphy, who’s also coached by our Club President Graham Smith has been involved in a charity called the Dalitso Project for the last 11 years.  This charity is a very small organisation, founded in her home town of Arbroath, and it works primarily with orphans in Malawi, central Africa. 

The Dalitso project looks after more than 300 orphans in Malawi, many of whom have no living relatives and who would not be able to go to school without support.  Most of the children are day-care which means that they come each day to the centre to receive food and lessons as well as clothes, school books, fees and soap.  Some children however have either no living relatives, or come from home situations where they are not wanted or have not been treated well.  These children live in supported residences with their adoptive parents at Thyolo and Kambilonjo.

When Becky visits the projects (each year) she stays at each of the residential homes and every morning (around 4.45am) for the last 5 or 6 years, when she gets up to do her training (as per Graham’s instructions), she has a band of training partners racing her wherever she goes!  Which is always annoying when she’s struggling up a hillside at altitude and some wee kids come tearing alongside her! 

For the last few years she’s been trying to put her coaching skills to good use and give these youngsters some running sessions to work on and some encouragement to keep working on their natural talent! 

When the Victoria Park committee heard about Becky’s involvement with the Dalitso Project they were keen to offer support.  Club Secretary Gordon Innes met with our sponsor Katie Alexander of Achilles Heel and they identified about 60 unsold club training tops which were a previous design.  Katie was happy to assist and they passed the tops to Becky in August last year.

Becky Dunphy

The Dalitso project send a container every year to Malawi with clothes, toys, books and medical equipment (amongst other things) and they aim to send the container at the end of September each year so that it will reach Malawi in time for Christmas (as the sponsors from their sponsor-a-child program all send Christmas presents each year). The 2017 container actually left in early September and should have arrived in plenty of time for Christmas, but unfortunately a terrible storm hit the port in Durban, South Africa whilst the container was docked there, and the container ended up stranded in the badly damaged port, until the port could be repaired.  This delayed the container by about 6 weeks unfortunately and so it didn’t arrive in Malawi until the end of January.

Luckily for Becky, that meant that her visit in early February this year coincided with the unpacking of the container and the distributing of the many things that so many generous people in Scotland had donated.  She was therefore able to train with a squad of athletes and give out the Victoria Park training tops!  She assured us that they went down a treat!  Suddenly everyone in the village wanted to join her training squad! 

Becky thanked everyone at Victoria Park and Achilles Heel for the support and for helping an aspiring bunch of poor young athletes look so smart!

Well done Becky, so glad you’re such a big part of Victoria Park.