Macclesfield Harriers & Athletic Club

Club Development – An Update

A few words fom Bob, well worth reading...

'As I said in the last edition of the magazine, we are all part of a fairly large, but diverse athletics club; run by a dedicated and enthusiastic eclectic group of unpaid volunteers.

Currently, we seem to underperform as a club in team based competitions and leagues. We lack focus both as athletes and as a club.
In an attempt to redress this situation, we have now put together a new 5 yr plan: allowing each section of the club to develop at its own rate, but obviously still maintaining one overall structure. For this plan to be successful, we need greater participation by you, the athletes, more involvement by parents, as well as interacting more effectively with schools, other sports and athletic clubs. We need to promote the club to a wider audience, through publicity, marketing and sponsorship.
The club is financially sound and well managed. However, maintenance of the T&F facility is expensive, and the responsibility of the council. With restrictions continuing to be placed on council expenditure, we continually need to be able to demonstrate that maintenance and replacement of equipment is justified. The retextured track has returned it to a near new condition; but now a number of other items need to be replaced.
One thing that is abundantly clear is that we need more volunteers, preferably people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, who can help drive the club forward. Currently we have vacancies, not only for chairman, but for a range of positions, press officer, catering, social, club awards, parent and athlete reps.
Even if you are unable to commit fully, remember any help is good.
Therefore, one thing I would like each of you to think about is - ‘what more can I do to make the club stronger?’
Without your support, both as an athlete and a volunteer - our plan to become stronger as a club; will remain just that - a plan.
So if you are able to help in any way, I would be delighted to hear from you.
Elsewhere in the magazine you will see a flyer for an initiative to celebrate the 100 days to Go before the Olympics. This will be on the evening of Wed 18th April, instead of the normal Tuesday night training. Its aim is to hold a series of mini competitions open to everyone, and to have all sections of the club present  to allow you to get to know better what we as a club can offer. Please make a note of it in your diaries.'
Regards, Bob Lynch (president and acting club chair) 01625 829229   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.