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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Volunteer Coaches

If you are already a Coach at CAT's or are interested in becoming a Coach please link here to the Suffolk Essex Athletics Network site for details of the latest workshops.  If you are interested in attending any please contact Ian Kelly at chair@cat-ac.co.uk

Committee Meeting Minutes

For a copy of the minutes of the meeting held on 24th March 2011 CLICK HERE

Summer 2011 Road Running

For your copy of the Summer 2011 Road Running Fixtures list, please CLICK HERE

Monday, 28 March 2011


With the Summer Track and Field season almost upon us, we are looking for parents who would be interested in assisting at meetings on field events with jumps or throws.  

If you feel you can help please e-mail bobkimber141@btinternet.com who will be happy to give you more information.

Many thanks,

Under 11's Training Update

March 2011

Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the young athletes and their parents for their patience in this difficult transitional period.

Over the past few weeks that the new committee has been in place, we have all worked extremely hard in our spare time to get this great club back on its feet.

At the front of all this has been the younger athletes that have sadly been mostly effected by the sudden departure of their coach. 

 We have been searching for a suitable and stable scheme for their enjoyment and progression within athletics and we now are in a position to put this into practice.

As from the 28th march these athletes will be split into 4 groups, Lions, Tigers, Jaguars and leopards.

These groups will be coached by the same coach week in week out, rotating between sprints, throws, jumps and longer distance running. At the end of the first 4 week we will be having a small friendly competition between the groups. Hopefully after this initial competition many will go on to compete for the club in the East Anglian League this summer.

As always we need your help. If anyone is interested in assisting the coaches please talk to anyone of the coaches or myself.

Best regards
Ian Kelly

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Cambridgeshire AA Open Development evening meetings

The Cambs Evening Open meetings will be on May 25th, June 8th and July 20th.
They will feature
electronic timing and will include events specifically for Wheelchair
and Ambulant athletes as well as the usual Open graded events.
This year they have included the Cambs AA steeplechases, 3000m and Mile
championships in these meetings, and have also included a number of events
for disabled athletes.  Please CLICK HERE to link to their site and application forms.

Essex AA - County Champs - May 2011

A reminder that the closing date for the County Championships is WEDNESDAY 6th April 2011.

Last year we had nearly a 1000 entries, this year to date we have only had 100.   With Easter and the bank holiday the following week, LATE ENTRIES will not be accepted.
ALSO athletes do need to provided the UKA Registration (Licence No), this is important as about 10% of the entries do not contain the number and we have had to contact the athlete/club secretary, thus delaying the process.
Paul Merrywest
Championship Secretary
Essex AA

To download your multi-events application form please CLICK HERE.

Essex AA - County Champs - May 2011

Closing Date for entries is the 6th April 2011.  To download your application form please CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Membership Renewal - Now Due!!!

Please ensure you complete and return your Membership Renewal and payment as soon as possible.  If you have not received your Renewal Form by e-mail please CLICK HERE to download your copy from this site.

Monday, 21 March 2011

  CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas Hewes who tonight ran an incredible 22 laps (5.5 miles) of the track in 1 hour in support of Comic Relief.  Thomas will be at training next Monday if you would like to sponsor him for this great effort.  Well Done Thomas!!!!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Suffolk Essex Athletics Network - Long Jump Open Session

Eddie Hawkins who is involved in the National Coach Development Programme for long jump, will be leading a technique based long jump session focusing on event specific drills and the take off phase of jumping. The session is free for coaches in the Suffolk Essex Athletics Network to attend, however pre-booking is essential.

Date: Wednesday 13th April
Time: 7.00-8.15pm
Venue: Braintree Athletics Track, Braintree Leisure Centre, Panfield Lane, Braintree, CM7 1FF
There may be space to bring along one or two athletes from your training group to take part in the session should you wish to do so

If you would like to attend the course please CLICK HERE and leave your details with Ian Kelly who can book your place.


Halstead Fun Run

Halstead's Fun Run is to be held on 10th July 2011 for Juniors and Seniors.  Distances ranging 1km to 6 miles.

CLICK HERE for entry form and information.

Friday, 11 March 2011

New Five Mile Trail Race

The new Shuttleworth 5. is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of beginners and seasoned trail runners alike.  On Sunday May 15 at 10.30am the Shuttleworth 5 offers a rare opportunity to run from the beautiful Old Mansion at Shuttleworth College, Old Warden, Biggleswade. The course passes through some of the most unspoilt countryside in the country and really offers the chance to get away from the rat race.

Dirt Running will be raising money for The Shuttleworth Trust 

Enter online at www.runnersworld.co.uk or by post to  
Dirt Running, Waterdene House, Water Lane, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 1AW (SAE required).

Monday, 7 March 2011

Awards Evening - Photos

For all our award winners and runners-up.  If you would like to receive a copy of your photo that was taken on the evening please see Warren Page (William's father) who has very kindly offered to provide these free of charge to our athletes.

Many thanks go to Warren for his time and generosity.

SGM Minutes

To view the Minutes of the SGM held on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 CLICK HERE.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

National Independent Schools X-Country Champs!!

Three U14 boys from CAT's took part in the above event and certainly made the long trip to Rugby on Saturday 5th March worthwhile.  James Redman came in a very well deserved 1st position.  Will Denny again ran hard to achieve 5th place and James Murrell a superb12th place.   Coach Adrian Sharp said "....all the hard work paid off, these are very dedicated lads, well done!"

Congratulations lads!!

Introducing our new Committee

We held our SGM on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 and below is the list of the newly elected Committee.  It was noted that the constitution accommodated only 3 voting positions.  In view of the now full committee, it was agreed that this will now be extended to six voting positions with the Chair casting the deciding vote.  The remaining committee members stand in non-voting positions.
kind regards,

Ian Kelly

Committee Members

Diane Wooller President  (non-voting)

Ian Kelly  Chair

Gary Porter  Vice-chair

Simon Haigh  Treasurer

Stephen Cartwright Secretary

John Cooke Officials Rep 

Mandy Hicks  Parent Representative

Helen Duah and Kevin Frost
          Child protection Officers  (1 vote only)

Sheila Evans Membership Secretary  (non-voting)

John Hyland Press Officer   (non-voting)

Sian Gifford and Sam Clayton
      Athlete Representatives  (non-voting)

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Award Winners 2010/11

Thank you so much to all of you who attended the Awards Evening on the 4th March and supported your Club. It was great to see such a large turnout.  Special thanks go to the team who arranged the evening from the disco to the fish and chip supper the raffle and sweets.  Also thanks to all who donated to the Raffle, never has there been so many prizes!!!!
A full list of winners and photos will follow shortly, but in the meantime, we have a Group shot of all our winners.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Ibbotson girls do us proud at English Schools Open, Birmingham

Georgia and Bethany Ibbotson travelled to Birmingham on the 26th February and competed alongside other talented athletes from all over the UK in the prestigious English Schools Championships.  Although Georgia did not qualify she achieved yet another PB in her 60m.  Bethany managed a very impressive 7th place in the semi-finals.  Well done girls!!!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

New Coaches

If you are considering taking a Level 1 Coaching Course the following applies to you:-

From: Anne Smith - sportessex [mailto:Anne.Smith@sportessex.org.uk]
Sent: 28 February 2011 16:32
Subject: *SPACES AVAILABLE* Safeguarding and Protecting Children Thursday 3rd March 2011

Additional spaces have just become available at our Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop which is taking place on Thursday 3rd November 2011 at the Ford County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford starting at 7pm.  As always these courses are very popular therefore if you need this qualification please book now to avoid disappointment.  Click here for Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops.

Further courses for 2011 will be available to book online in the next couple of weeks so check back at sportessex.com for Safeguarding and Protecting Children, Emergency First Aid and Equity in your Coaching.

Alternatively; if you sign up FREE to ACE – The Association of Coaches in Essex you will receive early news of any new courses or opportunities. Click here to find out more about the benefits etc. We also plan to offer training bursaries to members of ACE in the near future.


Anne Smith
sportessex Business Support Officer
T: 01245 702495 | F: 01245 702451
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