I hope this email finds you well during these difficult times. On behalf of EA I would like to thank you and the volunteers within your clubs for the amazing work you have been doing. As an organisation we have been really encouraged by clubs firstly following the government guidelines (supported by EA) & secondly the fantastic ideas/challenges you have implemented to keep your members motivated.
Please see the following link for details of the statement EA have produced regarding the coronavirus. On the right hand side of the page you will find details of FAQ’s as well - https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/
Find out more and watch a demo video on this link - https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/athletics-at-home/supporting-11-year-olds-to-keep-active/?utm_source=emailmarketing&utm_medium
EA staff have been developing a series of webinars to provide information on coaching and support for clubs. For details of webinars and the scheduled dates of delivery please visit the following links:
Affiliated athletes can also access a free three month trial of the Strava Summit app thanks to our friends at Strava. Just because you have to run on your own doesn’t mean you have to run alone - you can still connect digitally with a like-minded running community whilst staying active and tracking your fitness goals. For further details on the 3 month trial please copy and paste the link below into a browser:
I wanted to highlight a couple of fantastic examples of clubs being imaginative and motivating/supporting their members. Firstly, Littledown Harriers who are based in Bournemouth have taken part in a unique virtual running challenge. They are a twin town with Netanya in Israel 3,000 miles away. The club have challenged members (in line with the government guidelines) to collectively run to Netanya and I believe they are using a Strava club page to accumulate the distances – well done everyone!
Secondly, Almost Athletes in Cheltenham have supported 1 of their visually impaired runners to continue training at home. After reaching out to the local community they have been able to access a treadmill so he can continue to train safely at home without a guide runner. Again, a huge well done to everyone involved.
I’d love to hear about the different ways you are keeping your members motivated – whether it is club challenges, homework sessions you can do in your living room or digital solutions to keep your members active.
England Athletics, Club Support Manager, South West (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Avon & Gloucestershire)