Juvenile

Juvenile Training – COVID19 Update

Following the raising of restrictions to Level 5, the committee and coaches of Longford AC have taken the difficult decision to cancel juvenile training until further notice.

Our aim is always to coach our athletes in a fun and safe environment. We feel, however, that it is increasingly more challenging to ensure adequate distancing measures are met at training whilst also taking into consideration the travel restrictions imposed upon us all, despite the exemption in place regarding the latter.

We will review the decision in a few weeks based on the public guidelines in effect at that time.

In the meantime, we encourage our members to keep active and practise the exercises that they have learnt at training over the past six Fridays.

Check out our Facebook page this weekend when we will post our first running challenge for members to attempt in the coming weeks!

Cross Country Information – Autumn 2020

As I’m sure you are all very aware things have changed regarding Covid restrictions at Level 3 that affect the Connacht cross-country fixtures. There is no certainty that these races will be able to go ahead but planning is in progress in case restrictions are lifted at the end of October\ November. With this in mind we need to submit the list of Longford AC athletes that want to take part so that the Connacht committee can look at overall numbers that want to participate. The dates are not set but we are requested to submit our entries so this is more like ‘expression of interest’ to take part. 

We might be able to snatch a quick opportunity on the weekends of Oct 31\Nov 1st, Nov 7\8th or Nov 14\15 11th when allowed but we really are just playing by ear. As soon as any specific information is available I will update you.

Please send an email to the Club account (longfordac@gmail.com) with your name, date of birth and race age group that you want to enter.  You are allowed to enter both Even Ages and Uneven Ages – one will be your correct age group and the other moving ahead 1 year. If enough enter in the same age group we will form teams as well.

Deadline for entry: Sunday October 10th

Even Ages Races – To Be Confirmed  in  Sligo

U12 Born 2009 & 2010 = 2000m

U14 Born 2007 = 3000m

U16 Born 2005 = 4000m

Girls U18 (Born 2003) = 4000m     Boys U18 (Born 2003) = 6000m

Adult races Women 4K, Men 6K

Uneven Ages Races – To Be Confirmed  in Galway

U11 Born 2010 & 2011 = 1500m

U13 Born 2008 = 2500m

U15 Born 2006 = 3500m

U17 Born 2004 = 4000m Girls \ 5000m Boys

U19 Born 2002 = 4000m Girls \ 6000m Boys

Adult races Women 4K, Men 6K

Weekly News – 5th Oct 2020

Cross Country: Dates for the Connacht cross country have been tentatively listed as October 25 or 26 (Sligo venue) and November 8 (Galway venue). Events to be confirmed closer to the time in compliance with HSE/AAI guidelines. In the meantime, Mullingar Harriers host an open event at Belvedere this Sunday October 11. Full details on their club website.

Juvenile Training: Training for juvenile members is every Friday from 6.30pm at the Mall. Parents are required to complete the online health screening form, on behalf of their child, ahead of each session. Due to restrictions on training group sizes, we have reached capacity in terms of our juvenile membership for 2020. New membership available from January. It is hoped to resume the sports hall Little Athletics, for children aged 6-9, in 2021. 

Senior Training: Our weekday training sessions for senior members continue with Fit 4 Life on Monday, intervals on Tuesday and the two groups on Thursday. Please check the club WhatsApp for updates. Before attending each training session, members must fill out the health screening form. 

Good Luck: Best of luck to club member Fiona Gettings and the Ballymore team in the Leinster final on Saturday.

Weekly News – 28th Sept 2020

Cross Country: Dates for cross country are set to be soon confirmed for Connacht and National competition. More details in next week’s notes.

Juvenile Training: Training for juvenile members is every Friday from 6.30pm at the Mall. Parents are required to complete the online health screening form, on behalf of their child, ahead of each session. Due to restrictions on training group sizes, we have reached capacity in terms of our juvenile membership for 2020. New membership available from January. It is hoped to resume the sports hall Little Athletics, for children aged 6-9, in 2021.

Senior Training: Our weekday training sessions for senior members continue with Fit 4 Life on Monday, intervals on Tuesday and two groups on Thursday. Please check the club WhatsApp for updates. Before attending each training session, members must fill out the health screening form.

Sympathy: The club extends its deepest sympathy to the Doyle family on the recent sad passing of Seamus. May he rest in peace.

Weekly News – 21st Sept 2020

Juvenile Training: Training for juvenile members is every Friday from 6.30pm at the Mall. Parents are required to complete the online health screening form, on behalf of their child, ahead of each session. Due to restrictions on training group sizes, we have reached capacity in terms of our juvenile membership for 2020. New membership available from January. It is hoped to resume the sports hall Little Athletics, for children aged 6-9, in 2021.

Senior Training: Our weekday training sessions for senior members continue with Fit 4 Life on Monday, intervals on Tuesday and the transition group on Thursday. Please check the club WhatsApp for updates. Before attending each training session, members must fill out the health screening form. On Tuesday September 29th, the interval session will take place on the cross country course at Moyne CS starting at 6.30pm.

 
 

Weekly News – 14th Sept 2020

Gold for Nelvin: Congratulations to Nelvin Appiah who won gold at the National Junior (U20) Championships in Santry on Sunday last. Nelvin was a convincing winner of the 110m hurdles in a superb time of 14.55 despite running into a strong headwind. He showed excellent technique clearing each hurdle and would certainly have ran quicker than his 14.53 personal best in more favourable conditions. Another national title to add to his impressive collection and a great way to finish off the track season.  

Training: Training for juvenile members continues on Friday at 6.30pm. Parents are required to complete the online form they have received, on behalf of their child, ahead of the session. Senior training on Tuesday evenings from the Mall resumes on September 22nd at 7pm.

Juvenile Training Returns

Longford Athletics Club juvenile training returns this Friday, September 11th. The session will be one hour in duration and will take place outdoors at the Mall.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the start time has had to be moved forward 30 minutes. The weekly session will now be from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Groups have been drawn up and you should have received notification of this by email. Please note the group in which your child/children have been allocated.

Each group has a set coach and we aim to keep the sessions fun and varied by having the children doing different athletic activities. Group sizes are restricted to comply with current Athletics Ireland guidelines allowing coaching to be conducted in a safe manner. Furthermore, there will be hand sanitiser for the juveniles/coaches upon entry and exit from the astroturf area as well as the sanitizing down of athletic equipment after use.

Some further important points:

– In advance of each session, the parent/guardian is required to please complete the Health Screening Questionnaire on behalf of their child/children. Please complete and submit no later than 5.30pm on the day of training. The form link is:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fXehLCtu30SFhqgi8zzrkM_HjuIcY9pIgaqHrFXEUn5UMUZOUktKT1FGUFZDS085T1FFQlZQM0g2TS4u

– Coaching for groups 1-4 will take place on the astroturf pitch and groups 5-6 will train in the area adjacent to the astroturf.

– Upon arrival, children are to assemble with their respective group. Each group leader will have a sign indicating the group number.

– Children are asked to bring their own filled, marked water bottle.

– As training is taking place outdoors, please ensure your child is suitably dressed taking into consideration the weather.

– Any updates regarding training (such as a cancellation for example) will be communicated by both text and email.

– There will be no training during the mid-term break, i.e. October 30th.

– Instead of the traditional pay per session, we are asking that a payment of €12 per child covering the first seven sessions (up to mid-term) be made on week 2 – Friday September 18th. We will distribute envelopes this Friday (Sept 11th) with the child’s name already written on each and request that these envelopes be used for making payment on the 18th.

This will reduce the handling of cash and allow for the timely start of each session.

– Thanks to the parents who have expressed interest in assisting our coaches. Our coaches will have further information on Friday on how you can help. We welcome all help over the coming Friday evenings, so please let the coach know if you can assist in any way.

Sorry for all the detail. We thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Following the long break, our club coaches look forward to returning to Friday evening training and seeing our juveniles back out enjoying their athletics and having fun.

Weekly News – 7th September 2020

National Masters Track and Field championships: The National Masters T+F championships were held in Santry on Sunday. Donal Mulligan lined up in the 1500m and acquitted himself well finishing 5th over a distance far shorter than he would normally race in. Paddy Sharkey was in the 5000m for his first ever track race and put in a fine run placing 6th. Kevin Ward took on the Kerry Way 58km Ultra on Saturday from Sneem to Killarney. On an undulating but picturesque course, Kevin showed his strength finishing in the top 25 of 120. Well done lads.

Congrats: Congratulations to Lorcan and Namitha who were married on Saturday. Lorcan is one of our longest-serving club and committee members. Wishing you both best wishes for your future married life together.

Juvenile Training: An email has been sent to parents of the 70 returning juveniles with information regarding the resumption of outdoor Juvenile Athletics training. The sports hall Little Athletics will not return in September. Due to the restrictions set by the guidelines, we would not be able to ensure the coaching of the fundamentals of athletics in a fun and safe environment. We will review this again in January.

Senior Training: Our Tuesday evening session on September 15th will take place on the cross country course at Moyne Community School at 6.30pm. All members welcome particularly those interested in racing during the cross country season. The regular weekly intervals will resume on September 22nd meeting at the Mall at 7pm.

Weekly News – 31st August 2020

Double Silver: Congratulations to Cian McPhillips and Nelvin Appiah who both won silver medals at the National Senior Track & Field Championships on Sunday. Having won his heat, Cian lined up in the 800m final full of confidence. After a relatively slow opening lap, the pace upped considerably in the final 300m with Cian moving up a place into second coming around the last bend and finished strongly in 1:52.78 just behind winner Harry Purcell (Trim AC). Nelvin’s second place in the 110m hurdles final was a great achievement in an event he would be somewhat inexperienced in. He clocked a time of 14.77 and this sets him up well for a good showing at the National Juniors this coming Saturday. Congratulations also to the lads’ coaches – Cian’s coach Joe Ryan and Nelvin’s coach Dermot McDermott.

Also on Sunday, Aaron Kelly produced another personal best run this time in the 200m. Aaron crossed the line in 5th place in his heat with a time of 23.53. Well done to the three lads who represented the club with great distinction over the past two weekends.

Juvenile Training: Weekly training for juvenile members, born in or before 2010, will return on Friday 11th September at 7pm on the astro pitch at the Mall. Sessions will be structured in line with the new AAI/Sports Ireland guidelines. An email has been sent to parents with regards to the return of juvenile training. Parents should message pro.longfordac@gmail.com if they have not received the email. Regrettably, Little Athletics (for children born in or after 2011) will not return in September. Due to the restrictions set by the guidelines, we would not be able to ensure the coaching of the fundamentals of athletics in a fun and safe environment. We will review this again in January.

Results: Some senior club members were in action in both the real and virtual world last week. Juraj Karcak took on the Hardman Killarney event on Saturday over the Ironman distance finishing in 12 hours 20 minutes. Gary Brady ran the East Galway AC 5k on Saturday in 18:15 and Paddy Sharkey topped the national leaderboard for the Irish Runner Virtual 10 mile challenge in 56:49. Well done lads. Good luck to Paddy and Donal competing at the National Masters this Sunday.

Important: Return to Juvenile Training

The committee of Longford Athletics Club has decided to resume weekly training for our Juvenile Athletics members (born in or before 2010) on Friday, 11th September at 7pm. This will take place on the astro pitch at the Mall.

Juvenile Athletics training sessions will be structured in accordance with current Athletics Ireland guidelines. Each member will be allocated into a group of a maximum 15 juveniles of similar age. Each group, or ‘pod’, will have a set coach and will each do 2 different activities every week. For example, one week the pod will do sprints and jumps and the following week could be middle distance and throwing events. This will ensure each session is both fun and varied and also is conducted in a safe manner.

With this in mind, we are looking for each child’s parent/guardian to assist the coach at one session per month. This could be with the supervision of the pod as well as helping to ensure the smooth running of the session.

We are looking to establish if your child is interested in returning to the weekly Friday evening training session. This will assist us in allocating the groups in advance.

Please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com by 1st September stating if your child would like to return to Juvenile Athletics training.

Regrettably, Little Athletics (for children born in or after 2011) will not be returning in September. Due to the restrictions laid down by the Athletics Ireland Covid-19 guidelines, we would not be able to ensure the coaching of the fundamentals of athletics in a fun and safe environment. We will review this decision again in January.

Following the long break, our coaches are really looking forward to returning to Friday evening training and seeing our juveniles back out enjoying their athletics and having fun.

All at Longford AC wish you and your family well.