T&F Champs - Cancellation of the 2021 Track & Field Championships"
In light of Government guidance and following our County Championship planning meeting we have regrettably had to cancel the County Track & Field Championship due to be held on 8th & 9th May 2021. We are hoping to put on at least one open grading meeting later in the year to provide some competition for our athletes. Further information will be made available when we are able to confirm dates and venue.
County Cross Country Championships 2021 It is with regret and disappointment that because of the current pandemic hitting the country the planned Cross Country Championships due to be held on Saturday 9th January 2021 at Wollaton Park, Nottingham have been cancelled. Both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have reluctantly agreed with this decision. It would be almost impossible to organise the Champs in view of the EA Cross Country Guidelines. Our apologies go out to everyone – athletes, coaches, Officials and parents. We hope to see you in 2022. (21st October 2020)
County Track & Field Championships 2020 After some very low-level discussions regarding the 2020 Track & Field Championships due to be held at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham on Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st May, the hosts have decided to cancel the Championships for this year. Therefore, it is incumbent that Derbyshire follows suit for the protection of its athletes, coaches, Technical Officials and parents. This is a decision that the county has been reluctant to take. The closing date for the Championships would have been Saturday 9th May and the Government and National Governing Body’s advice, for the moment, is to the end of April. That would leave precious little time for athletes to test their fitness levels before the closing date always assuming that the restrictions are lifted then; they may be lifted much later than that - who knows? Apologies to all concerned and we hope you are able to support the Championships in 2021. Coronavirus Statement Athletics in England suspension extended until 31 May 2020
Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, UKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17 March:
Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher). Strengthening our position on coaching activity - We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.
These decisions have not been taken lightly and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in England. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in England continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.
In addition to providing clarity to clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and officials, we are acutely aware that a number of competition providers have already made the bold decision to postpone their events in recognition that they stand to incur additional contractual costs on facilities that they have booked should they not make that decision now. We will continue to review this decision as the government guidance evolves, but one thing is clear - and that is that athletics, running and sport in general is special and is an important contributor to our way of life, but it is very much secondary to protecting and saving lives at this current time.
In its latest measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the UK Government has announced that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances.
From last night (Monday 23 March), the only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:
To shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day To take exercise once a day - but alone or with those you live with, no gatherings of more than two people For medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person To travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.
While athletics is predominantly an outdoor sport that allows athletes to exercise in the fresh air, the message to all of us is clear, we must play our part in containing the spread of COVID-19. We urge our members to utilise the opportunity to exercise as laid out by both governments, but as such, any informal small group training sessions of athletes or face-to-face coached sessions must now cease (*unless they are with your own household members as above).
We have witnessed some very creative home and/or garden-based training sessions (safely of course) during the last week, and we would urge clubs and coaches to continue to be innovative during this period. A number of schools have also been task setting for their pupils and it would be of immense value to continue to engage athletes and your members in similar style tasks for athletics.
There are numerous ways in which people can remain active whether that be core strength training at home, HIIT, Circuits, running and so on (whilst adhering to the government guidance) so we will be actively promoting these. We will of course be pushing out digital content relating to exercising at home during this week thanks to the work of our respective coaching and athlete development team members.
England Athletics CEO Chris Jones comments: “We all have a responsibility to play our part in mitigating risk and in reducing the spread of this virus. It will be deflating to many but if we do pull together and adhere to the guidance issued then we will come through this period. In the meantime we will be working tirelessly as partners to provide value to our member clubs, athletes, runners, coaches and volunteers and will be organising activities and providing resources utilising a range of methods such as online forums, webinars and podcasts that will help people prepare for a time when we can all look forward with renewed optimism as an Athletics & Running family.”
These decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we all get back to competing in the sport we love so much sooner.
Our latest updates can be accessed any time using www.englandathletics.org/coronavirus Online Entry Administrator The county needs someone to fill this role please as soon as possible because the entry forms will be released very soon. The role description is -
Athletes in Derbyshire wishing to enter the County Championships on 30/31 May 2020 will be able to benefit from our new ONLINE Entry system!
Derbyshire Athletics is looking for an individual to support the new system, designed by England Athletics for national competitions and which has been used successfully during the last year
We are looking for somebody who is:
· Organised · IT Literate: Excel Spreadsheets and Email
The work itself is limited in time scope: From 16/03/20 to 02/06/20: for many of these weeks, the Online Entry Administrator will require oversight only of the software, to ensure that entries are being compiled by the system.
YOU WILL :
Check that the software has the correct age groups and events on offer for the competition and enter information where needed,
If appropriate, highlight to club committees where entries for events are low as the event timing approaches, so that they can encourage more athletes to enter,
On automatic closure of the system on 09/05/20, download final numbers and send the file to Sheila O’Keefe at Notts AAA, who is responsible for the timetabling of theevent ,
Print off timetables when agreed, collate numbers and post out to all competing athletes ! (Help from Derbyshire Athletics committee members will be given for this task)
If there is anyone who would like to give this voluntary role a try, or for more information, please contact Barry Parker on : email@example.com or
Mike Heffernan on : firstname.lastname@example.org