Fraserburgh Running Club has recently appointed Graeme Clark in a part-time role as Club Together Officer to help the Club maximize its potential to develop athletics for all ages in Fraserburgh and the surrounding area.
Graeme has been involved with the Running Club for more years than he cares to remember, holding the post of Chairman and principal coach for the last 22 years.
This follows the Club being awarded Foundation Accreditation status by Scottish Athletics in spring 2014. This award recognised the steps they have already taken to demonstrate a safe, effective and child friendly club.
Club Together is a Scottish Athletics initiative coming out of their Club Legacy 2014 Programme which aims to increase participation and improve performance at all levels of Scottish athletics. The Running Club will work in partnership with Scottish Athletics, Aberdeenshire Council and Sportscotland with funding for the post being initially provided by the Club and Sportscotland.
The main focus will be on providing opportunities for children to enter the sport and a clear pathway for them to follow to reach their potential, whether at local, regional or national levels. This can’t happen without the help of volunteers and additional qualified coaches and so the aim is also to increase their number to match the increased participation.
The Running Club already directly delivers Junior athletics sessions after school on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at Fraserburgh Academy for Primary 4 and upwards and all Secondary ages. It also indirectly supports Junior Jogging sessions in a number of Primary schools in the town and is looking to increase the number of schools involved. This extends to all primaries that are part of the Fraserburgh Academy network. Among others, Graeme will be working closely with Holly Dawson, Aberdeenshire Active Schools Coordinator. Holly has only recently taken up this post having replaced Paul Winter who retired in the summer. If your school is not already taking part and you want it to become involved, then Graeme and Holly are the people to contact.
As part of the Fraserburgh Sports Hub, Fraserburgh Running Club and Maconochie Road Football Development have been working towards the creation of an all weather running track in the town. It is hoped that some more progress on this can be achieved during 2015. This would provide a clear focus for athletics in the town and provide a significant knock on benefit to all sports as demonstrated by the success of the new Sports and Commmunity Centre.
Meanwhile, athletic opportunities continue over the winter months with the Club organizing the Schools Cross Country Series open to youngsters from Primary 4 through to Secondary 6 at all schools in the North Aberdeenshire Area. The first two events have already been held in Fraserburgh and Mintlaw with the third due at Peterhead on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The venue has been switched to Catto Park (adjacent to Balmoor Football Stadium and track) from Dales Park as previously advertised due to over running Construcion work at Dales. Registration is as usual from 10am to 10:30am in the pavilion with first race due off at 11am.
The remaining two events will be at held at Haddo House on February 21 and Fyvie Castle on March 7.
Even if you missed the first two events you can still catch up by coming to the last three and earn points towards the schools competition.
You can even still win individual honours it being only your three best finishes to count towards the individual series winners.
If you want further information about any of the above or just want to discuss athletics generally, contact Graeme Clark, Fraserburgh Running Club, Club Together Officer on 07447 118566 or Holly Dawson, Aberdeenshire Active Schools Coordinator at Fraserburgh Academy 01346 515771 ext 4243.