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Network successful in Sportivate Funding Application

Posted on 27/07/11

The South Yorkshire McCain Athletics Network have been successful in their application to deliver a Sportivate project it the programmes first year of implementation.

The network submitted their application in April, applying to run 4 blocks of activity, one in each borough of the county. The total funding award is for 3784 for the delivery of four, 6 week blocks of activity, with a retention target of 10 per block.

The South Yorkshire McCain athletics network conducted an audit of the needs and wants of the local clubs, coaches, athletes & the networks schools competition sub group. From this information, it was apparent that schools are able to cater for sprinting and endurance events and can clearly signpost talented athletes into local athletics clubs. However it is the jumping and throwing disciplines that schools struggle to cater for. Due to health and safety precautions within schools, there is limited provision for students to experience jumping and throwing and therefore, the potentially talented athletes are unable to be signposted into local clubs. Athletics clubs within the area have access to the right facilities, and coaches who are fully trained in the specific disciplines; however they are struggling to find talent within schools.

The network then submitted an application form to specifically focus on Jumps and Throws, but will also cover sprinting and endurance, to enable inclusivity for all.

The blocks of activity will begin implementation the week commencing the 26th of September for a 6 week period. The sessions will be held at Herringthorpe Stadium on Mondays 4.30-6pm, Dorothy Hyman Stadium on Tuesdays 4.30 6pm, Keep moat Athletics Track Thursdays 4-5.30pm and EIS Sheffield on Fridays 5.30-7pm.

For more information contact Ashley Little, South Yorkshire Athletics Network Development Officer, on: Ashley.little@sysport.co.uk