Juvenile

2021 Outdoor Track and Field Championships

We hope that your child is enjoying the weekly Friday evening athletics. With the continued easing of restrictions, it is expected that juvenile club competition will take place this summer.

The Connacht Athletics Board has tentatively set the following dates for holding the 2021 outdoor Track and Field Championships at Athlone IT:

Saturday, July 10th: Under 11 two-event ‘Team Games’ (for children born in 2011)

Saturday, July 17th: Under 14 – Under 19 (children born in or before 2008)

Sunday, July 18th: Under 12 & Under 13 (children born in 2010 or 2009)

If your child is in the under 11 – 13 age categories, and is interested in competing, please complete the form below which contains the list of events (maximum 2 events for children born in 2011). We request that it be submitted by Saturday, June 12th.

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There are a greater number of events in the under 14 – 19 age categories and more information regarding these will be communicated to those members at Friday evening training.

Additional Training Session Every Sunday

In advance of the above dates, an additional weekly training session will take place for all age groups of under 11-19 on Sunday mornings at 10am at the Mall commencing on June 13th. For children intending on competing at the Championships, attendance at the Sunday session is essential to help better prepare for competition. The Connacht event also serves as a qualifier to the Nationals which will take place in August.

Paddy’s Sprints Group (group JA7) – Athlone Training

For this coming Friday, June 11th, Paddy’s sprints group (group JA7) will hold their training session on the track at Athlone IT at 6.30pm. If your child is in this group and wishes to attend the session at AIT on Friday, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com to confirm.

Weekly Notes – 7th June 2021

Connacht Track & Field

The Connacht Junior, Senior and Masters Track & Field championships took place on Bank Holiday Monday in Dangan, Galway. Five club members competed in what was for most their return to competition for the first time in over a year and all five recorded podium finishes.

Yemi Talabi was first in the junior womens 100m having earlier placed second in the long jump. Gospel Idahor set the fastest time in the senior womens 200m and was second in the 100m. Also doubling up in the sprint events was Aaron Kelly with second fastest in the senior mens 100m and third in the 200m.

New member Mitko Kozhuharov took on two field events finishing second in both the senior mens javelin and shot put.

Barry Sheil was first in the masters 3000m.

Well done all. Thanks to the organisers and event officials, including our own Paddy McPhillips, for the staging of the meet.

Juvenile T&F:

The Connacht Juvenile T&F Outdoor Championships have been tentatively set for July at Athlone IT. July 10 is the opening day which is for the under 11 age group two-event ‘Team Games’ (for children born in 2011). The under 14 – 19 age category events (children born in or before 2008) will be held on July 17. On the following day, July 18, competition for under 12 / 13 events will be staged for children born in 2010 or 2009. An expression of interest email has been sent to parents to confirm if their child wishes to participate.

For children intending on competing, an additional weekly training session will take place on Sundays at 10am at the Mall from June 13 for the weeks leading up to the Connachts. Attendance at this session is essential to help better prepare for competition.

Track & Field Meet for Senior/Masters and U17 – U19 Connacht athletes

Connacht Athletics has announced a track and field meet for Senior/Masters and U17 – U19 Connacht athletes on Bank Holiday Monday, June 7, at Dangan in Galway. Entries are limited due to restrictions on the numbers attending such events from June 7. The meet is being staged primarily aimed to those preparing for upcoming national championships.

Club members interested in competing must submit their expression of interest by email to longfordac@gmail.com by Friday, May 28. Although there is no provision for spectators to attend, juveniles will be allowed one accompanying adult if required.

It is anticipated that Connacht Championships, for the younger juvenile age categories of U9 – U16, will take place in late July to be followed by Nationals in August. Dates to be confirmed.

Weekly Notes – 26th April 2021

Juvenile and Little Athletics Return to Training

Juvenile and Little Athletics return this Friday 30 April at 6.30pm and we look forward to seeing our young members back as well as the new members starting with the club. We have received a lot of interest and the start time may be altered for subsequent Fridays to cater for the numbers of children. This will be confirmed and communicated in due course via email and the Longford AC Facebook page.

Training sessions will be structured in accordance with Athletics Ireland guidelines. Each child will be allocated to a group of at most 14 members of similar age. Details regarding training, including the health screening form which must be completed by a parent on behalf of their child prior to each session, have been emailed out. 

Help from Parents

Club training aims to be fun, varied and carried out in a safe manner. With this in mind, we very much welcome help from parents such as with assisting our coaches with the supervision of a group to ensure the smooth running of the session.

Athletics Ireland Registration

All children attending must be registered for 2021 with membership to be processed using the Athletics Ireland website by 6 May. The membership fee is €25 per child. Once one completes the online renewal or new registration process, a confirmation email is received from Athletics Ireland. For any queries, such as retrieving an existing membership number, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com.

Senior Training

There is currently no confirmation yet as to when senior training can return as we await the next Government announcement regarding the easing of restrictions. 

 

Juvenile & Little Athletics Training Groups at Capacity

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Thanks to all who completed the expression of interest form ahead of our return to club training on Friday, 30th April. Parents will receive an email with further details in the coming days. Our training groups are now at capacity. For anyone who wishes to add their child to the waiting list, in case places become available, please message us directly on our Facebook page or email pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Juveniles & Little Athletics Return to Training

Great news! Following the lifting of restrictions on outdoor training, juveniles and Little Athletics will return on Friday 30th April at 6.30pm in The Mall. Training for both groups will be outdoors on the Astro pitch. Following the long break, our coaches look forward to returning and seeing our young members back out enjoying their athletics and having fun.

Training sessions will be structured in accordance with Athletics Ireland guidelines. Each child will be allocated to a group of at most 15 members of similar age.

  • Little Athletics is for children aged 6-9 and involves the coaching of the fundamentals of athletics.
  • Juvenile Athletics, for older members, involves a mix of sprints, jumps, throws and middle-distance activities.

Expression of Interest – Now Closed

As of 25th April, we have reached our limits with regard to the number of children we can provide training for. As such we are currently closed for new juveniles and Little Athletics. 

Registration

All children attending training must be registered for 2021. The membership fee is €25 per child. Returning members from last year can renew using the link below. We also welcome new members who can also register using the link below. We request that membership applications are processed on the Athletics Ireland site by May 6th.

Registration: https://membership.athleticsireland.ie/index.html

Once the renewal or new registration process is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from Athletics Ireland. Parents who processed membership renewal or new registration already in 2021, on behalf of their child, are asked to check that they have received the email and/or that payment has appeared on their bank account. We have seen some examples of incomplete applications on the registration portal.

For any queries regarding renewals, such as retrieving one’s membership number, please message us via Facebook or email pro.longfordac@gmail.com

Weekly Notes – 1st March 2021

Good Luck: We send our best wishes to Cian McPhillips ahead of the European Indoor Championships taking place this weekend in Torun, Poland. This will be 18-year-old Cian’s first time to represent Ireland in a senior championships. He is one of 733 athletes entered from 47 countries and is one of only 19 athletes born in or after 2002. A total of 43 men are entered in the 800m and the heats are scheduled for Friday, March 5th at 7.05pm when Cian will attempt to qualify for Saturday evening’s semi-final. Follow it live on RTE2. Best of luck Cian and enjoy the experience!

Also in action this weekend, albeit many time zones apart, will be Nelvin Appiah in the US. In January, Nelvin moved to Levelland in Texas having secured a place at South Plains College. He has commenced with his studies there and has joined the college Track and Field team who this weekend travel to Kansas to compete at the National Junior Colleges Indoor Championships. Nelvin has achieved the qualifying standards in the heptathlon as well as the individual 60m hurdles and high jump events. Best of luck to Nelvin and congratulations on the move.

Bonds Appeal: Many thanks to all who have so far purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing our proposed indoor facility. We have already reached over half the €200k target. We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sport in Longford to consider buying one of our €2,000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Bonds will be secure and repaid in full. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

Virtual Challenges: Our 6-week athletics challenges continue this week for juvenile members. Updates will be posted on the club Facebook page and the virtual challenge WhatsApp group. The Virtual Ireland Run takes place, for all ages, during the week of St. Patricks Day. Virtual distance options are 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults and a 3k for children. Register on www.myrunresults.com with the choice of purchasing a t-shirt and medal available also.

Membership: 2021 membership is open and registration renewals have been emailed out to last year’s members. Interested new members can register at membership.athleticsireland.ie

Fees are €25 for juveniles and €30 for seniors. For more information, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com. It is hoped to resume club training immediately once the current restrictions are lifted.

Bond Update 24 Feb 2021

longford bond update

BUILDING A FANTASTIC NEW HOME FOR LONGFORD ATHLETICS IN ST. MEL’S COLLEGE.

BOND SALES UPDATE – WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

We are still on target with our bond sale initiative but we need your continued support to make our project happen . We have raised €98,000 in the last four weeks in bond sales thanks to the support we have received so far from the people of Longford and beyond.

This facility will have the potential for much further development in the future and could become a class leading athletics venue where the people of Longford can watch our own athletic stars like Cian Mc Philips perform and where the stars of tomorrow can train and develop.

We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sports in Longford to consider buying one of our €2000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and you will be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Your money will be secure and repaid in full.

Our completed project will be close to €1.5 million in value. If we fail to get it started in the next few weeks approximately €750k in grant aid and other inputs will be lost to Longford. We know there are many supporters of running and athletics in Longford with a great appetite for finally having proper athletics facilities in Longford, just like in most other counties. We are very close to reaching our goal. It is within our grasp.

Please help if you can. Email bonds.longfordac@gmail.com for more information.

Weekly Notes – 22nd Feb 2021

Magnificent Cian: Sport really can be great for lifting the spirits and the incredible performance by Cian McPhillips on Saturday last did just that. Cian’s time of 1:46.13 at the Elite Micro Meet in Dublin elevated him to world class with it being the sixth fastest ever 800m indoor run by an under 20 athlete. A national junior and under 23 record along with a qualifying time for the upcoming European Indoor Senior Championships are fantastic achievements for 18-year-old Moyne CS student Cian. Congratulations also to race winner Mark English (Finn Valley AC), who just edged ahead of Cian at the finish line, on his new national senior record of 1:46.10. It was good to see Cian’s training partner John Fitzsimons (Kildare AC) also achieve the European standard with his third place run. Coach Joe Ryan had the lads prepared superbly and credit to the group for training away so diligently over the winter months in these uncertain times. They showed no race rustiness given that their last outing was back in August. Well done to Athletics Ireland for staging the event and providing our top athletes with the opportunity to perform.

Europeans: The European Indoors will take place in Torun, Poland from March 5-7 and Athletics Ireland will be sending a very strong group of athletes. The women’s 800m has seen numerous recent impressive performances. Among them is Nadia Power (Dublin City Harriers) who is coached by Longford’s Enda Fitzpatrick. Nadia broke the Irish record last week with 2:00.98 and, although her record only lasted four days, she is in very good form ahead of the championships. It is great to see Enda’s work being rewarded and he is firmly established as one of Ireland’s leading coaches.

Bond Sales: Many thanks to all who have so far purchased a bond to help us finance the costs of developing our proposed indoor facility. We have already reached over one-third of the target. We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sport in Longford to consider buying one of our €2,000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and bondholders will also be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Bonds will be secure and repaid in full. Please help us if you can. Bond enquiries and requests to purchase can be emailed to bonds.longfordac@gmail.com

Virtual Challenges: Our 6-week athletics challenges continue this week for juvenile members. Updates will be posted on the club Facebook page and the virtual challenge WhatsApp group. The Virtual Ireland Run takes place, for all ages, during the week of St. Patricks Day. Virtual distance options are 5k, 10k and half marathon for adults and a 3k for children. Register on www.myrunresults.com with the choice of purchasing a t-shirt and medal available also.

Membership: 2021 membership is open and registration renewals have been emailed out to last year’s members. Interested new members can register at membership.athleticsireland.ie

Fees are €25 for juveniles and €30 for seniors. For more information, please email pro.longfordac@gmail.com. It is hoped to resume club training immediately once the current restrictions are lifted.

Bond Sales on Target

BUILDING A FANTASTIC NEW HOME FOR LONGFORD ATHLETICS
BOND SALES ON TARGET – WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

longford ac bond sales

We are on target with our bond sale initiative but we need your continued support to stay on track. We have raised €72,000 in the last three weeks in bond sales thanks to the support we have received so far from the people of Longford and beyond.

Please help if you can.

We are making good progress toward getting ready to start construction on our planned new Indoor Athletics Training Facility in St Mel’s College. This facility will have the potential for much further development in the future and could become a class leading athletics venue.
We are still a little short of where we need to be and are asking anybody with an interest in athletics and sports in Longford to consider buying one of our €2000 bonds. These will be repaid over 10 years and you will be entered in a quarterly prize draw. Your money will be secure and repaid in full.

Please help if you can.

Our completed project will be close to €1.5 million in value. If we fail to get it started in the next few weeks approximately €750k in grant aid and other inputs will be lost to Longford. We know there are many supporters of running and athletics in Longford with a great appetite for finally having proper athletics facilities in Longford, just like in most other counties. We are very close to reaching our goal. It is within our grasp.

Please help if you can. Email bonds.longfordac@gmail.com for more information.