Athletics in Great Milton came into being in September 2012 and Great Milton Athletics Club (GMAC) was formalised and became affiliated with UK Athletics in September 2014.
The club arose from a group of keen children from Great Milton C of E primary school inspired by the London 2012 Olympic games. The club has grown and developed around this group of children and has expanded to include a larger group of children both from and outside of Great Milton village. Local athletes are invited to join from school year 4 upwards. Athletes from outside of Great Milton are invited from year 5 and up.
Pat Read is our head coach. He is a UK Athletics qualified coach and also holds various other qualifications within athletics. Pat is a former marathon and endurance runner himself and this together with his qualifications means that he brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to our club and its athletes. Pat is dedicated to the sport and meticulous in his coaching and planning. The club and athletes are very fortunate to have Pat within our club.
Pat is assisted by two qualified assistant coaches, Fergus Campbell and Guy Jane. The club also depends on parent volunteers or a ‘second adult’ to ensure safety during club training. Some of these parents have completed Leading Athletics training. A few of our senior athletes have also completed Leading Athletics training and are becoming involved in coaching the squads.
As an affiliate member of UK Athletics, the club is covered by Public Liability Insurance.
The club has two main training nights. Tuesdays 6.00 to 7.30 pm is for the senior squad (year 8 and over). Thursdays, 6.00pm to 7.30 pm is for juniors (year 4 to 7). Seniors can train on Thursdays (as well as Tuesdays) by invitation.
Both of these sessions take place at Horspath Sports and Athletics Ground, Horspath Road, Oxford. There is a further training session on a Saturday morning in Great Milton and other training opportunities are available for our senior athletes. These are often arranged at training venues across the South East and provide athletes with the opportunity to train with event-specific coaches enabling them to further develop their skills.
Summer training concentrates on track and field events, and training sessions rotate between running, hurdling, jumping and throwing content as well as drills and warm-up/cool down. Winter training has more of a focus on endurance running and cross-country training.
Each and every session is planned by Pat to meet the need of all the athletes. We cater for a wide range of abilities including athletes who are just for fun and those who are serious competitors.
Training sessions at the track cost £4.00 and training sessions at Great Milton are £2.00. Discount is available for athletes paying termly. Athletes are asked to contribute to petrol and coaching costs where sessions are planned at other venues.
A management committee runs the club. Our committee members are currently:
· Michael Robinson – Chairman
· Emily Johns – Secretary
· Nollag McGrath – Treasurer
· Miranda Cook – Welfare and DBS verification secretary
· James Roach – Membership
· Pat Read – Coaching Coordinator
· Elizabeth Spencer – Committee member & volunteer co-ordinator
· Andrea Pridmore – Committee member
The committee meets approximately every six weeks and the club holds its AGM meeting in October. All members are invited to attend
Annual membership runs from 1 March each year and costs £12.00 per athlete. Members aged 11 or those turning 11 in the membership year must also join England Athletics (£15.00) if they wish to enter any competitions. Competing athletes must also purchase a club vest at £15.00 each.
Our club is small and depends on dedicated volunteers to run the club and enter competitions. To ensure the successful running of our club all members are asked to volunteer in some way. This could be to join the second adult rota or to help out on the committee or other club administration.
Spaces to join our club are currently limited to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality coaching (the coach:athlete ratio). However please do get in contact if you are interested in joining as places become available during the year.
Funding & equipment
GMAC has been extremely fortunate to receive funding from the Sheppard Trust, a local charity in Great Milton. This support enabled the club to start up and then affiliate with various leagues and UK Athletics. Generous funding has enabled us to train our coaches to a high standard and to purchase equipment such as hurdles and throwing implements. The club is very grateful to the Sheppard Trust for its support.
The club is a member of the Oxfordshire Cross County League, the Oxon Junior League as well as Oxfordshire Athletics. Our athletes compete in both leagues as well as in County Championships, Open graded athletics meetings and Quad kids events.
Club Update, June 2018
Our club along with our 18 athletes continues to develop from strength to strength. This season has seen some changes to our training nights at Horspath Sports ground, which lead to some disruptions in our training. We are now settling into a routine of senior training on a Tuesday evening and junior squad training on a Thursday evening.
Winter Cross County Season
GMAC had 4 athletes enter the Oxfordshire Cross Country league this 2017/2018 season. The standout performance came from Hugo P who finished the season 16th overall. Well done to all of our athletes who competed in these tough endurance races; Ottilie C-R, Patrick W and Max C-R. One of our members, Esther M competed in the Cross Country Championships in Brittany, France and won a silver medal.
Summer Track & Field Season
The season started with the first of three Oxfordshire Junior League matches. Five athletes competed in the first match in U13 girls, U15 girls and U20 women categories; Emma L, Esther D, Millie P, Paris J and Phoebe C. Every one of our athletes obtained a personal best (pb) as well as a club record in at least one of their events. Paris J achieved a pb time of 14 seconds in the 70m hurdles. Esther D cleared an extra 15 cms in the high jump to break her previous pb and club record. Whilst Emma L, Phoebe C and Millie P broke their pbs in the javelin, 300m and 1500m respectfully.
The Oxfordshire County Championships took place on the weekend of 12 and 13 May. Six athletes competed. Once again our entrants produced some amazing results with gold medals won by Jack S (100m) and Esther D (Pole Vault) and a bronze medal for Millie P (1500m). Paris J achieved another amazing pb and smashed the club record for the 70m Hurdles to 13.38 seconds achieving 4th place overall. Phoebe C achieved a pb and club record and Freddie C a club record in their events.
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