The Ballinasloe and District Athletics Club are back to training for the upcoming season, with children eagerly coming to sessions every week. The runners are making great use of the facilities at the Dunlo Running Track and continue to practise for upcoming tournaments. The club will be participating in the Galway Indoor Competition hoping to give some encouraging displays.
The group practises every Tuesday and Thursdays from 6pm until 7pm. Although members are free to attend one day a week if they are only available for that session, Club Secretary Yvonne Fehily encourages people to attend both periods to become a better athlete. The annual fee to join the organisation is €70 for one child, €130 for two, and €180 for three. Children from 8 years old are allowed to join, and can be contacted at (087) 138 7117 if you want your child to become a member.
At a recent AGM, the club elected a new committee for the year ahead. The recently appointed officers for the group include John Donnelly as Chairman and Coach, Dawn Slevin as PRO, Yvonne Fehily acting as Secretary and Coach, Sarah Loughnane as Child Welfare Officer and Rhona Jennings as Treasurer and Coach.
The club are also looking for new coaches to assist the crew in training the young competitors. The only trait the group are looking for in trainers is an interest in the sport, with athletic experience not being fully required. Coaches will be expected to instruct both juveniles and adults, providing a valuable experience which will carry onto other jobs. The club pays for these training sessions, providing an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in teaching these sports.
PRO Dawn Slevin spoke highly of the current group members and encouraged more to join saying: “without our fantastic coaches and helpers our organisation wouldn't be the amazing club it is, and we are always looking for people to come and join in on the coaching experience with us, so if you are looking for something new and fun to do this year why not become a coach with our club. Get in touch today to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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