Leading the Way in South Yorkshire, The first Run England leader’s workshop takes place at EIS in Sheffield 28th March

Posted on 02/04/12

March 2012 saw Run England group leaders from across South Yorkshire come together and attend the first leader’s workshop in the region. Hosted by the South Yorkshire Athletics Network at the Sheffield EIS and presented by Run England Area Coordinator Craig Blain and Local Activator Emma Slater Clayton, the workshop provided all leaders a great opportunity to share good practice and bounce ideas of how to further develop their group and individual runners as well as having the Run England team there to update on future developments to the programme and to answer any specific questions or requests the leaders had.
Run England group Strideout said, “Thanks for inviting us along to the leaders evening, the Strideout Team found the workshop very useful, especially getting a chance to speak to other group leaders”
The two hour workshop covered a wide range of topics and information including an overview of the Run England programme as well as sharing some research into understanding the typical Run England customer, but most importantly the workshop helped the leaders develop through sharing experiences and examples from their groups to develop a best practice model.
Craig Blain Run England Area Coordinator said, “This workshop is hoped to be the first of many in South Yorkshire to help support the group leaders and in turn the Run England members. It is of paramount importance that we are able to provide the tools the leaders require and these workshops are a brilliant opportunity to develop things with leaders who are going to use them”
Ashley Little - South Yorkshire Athletics Network Coordinator also took the opportunity to come along and distribute some useful resources to the group leaders including a leader’s high vis running bib and some running diaries for members to use in tracking their progress with the group. Ashley Said “This workshop was the first in the area, and allowed for the leaders to gain some useful resources which were provided for by the network in their year 2 plan. The South Yorkshire athletics Network would like to provide support to Run England leaders & groups as well as the clubs it currently supports to build an athletics infrastructure within the county”
On a sadder note, the workshop was the last piece of work for Local Activator Emma Slater Clayton who has secured a full time role working with Activity Sheffield as part of Sheffield City Council. Emma said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working on the Run England programme in South Yorkshire and wish all the leaders every success in the continued success of their groups and the programme, after all I am a Run England leader myself”.
All in all the Run England leaders workshop was a success and it is hope further workshops can be planned for the summer of 2012 with all South Yorkshire leaders invited along yet again.
For more information on Run England please visit our website: www.runengland.org or contact your Run England Area Coordinator Craig Blain on cblain@englandathletics.org