Below is a copy from information sent out from England Athletics to all Members. Look out in your email.
Athletics and running play a vitally important role in our society and positively impact the lives of many people. We know that it brings people together, forging lifelong friendships and companionships and in providing a place of belonging and learning for many thousands of participants.
Despite these unprecedented times, our commitment to serving your Club will continue to be guided by our values and core beliefs, as well as by the support and ideas from the England Athletics family. While we cannot achieve these goals together in person at this time, the England Athletics family (including funetics and RunTogether) is working hard to support these goals and to be better together virtually and digitally.
Home and online training
We are planning a series of activities to support coaches, officials, volunteers, athletes and runners with webinars and access to online resources alongside your own programmes using the home as a training venue, thinking about mental skill training and focusing a bit more on flexibility, mobility, movement skills or conditioning.
Many of us are parents with children at home now, and it is our aim that we support you here too. Indeed, if you think any of our advice could be helpful to your friends and family outside of the running and athletics family; please do share.
To provide coaches and leaders with more learning and training opportunities while at home, we are developing a regular programme of online coaching webinars hosted by our experts.
This series will kick off on Saturday 28 March when Scott Grace, our National Technical Lead for Youth Development, hosts a webinar in place of the postponed National Youth Development Conference. This webinar will feature presentations on Long Term Athlete Development, Developing Training Programmes for Young Athletes, Creating an Effective Coaching Environment and What is Athletics 365? Click here for details and to register free online.
We understand that many of our affiliated clubs will be facing unplanned challenges at this time.
To help assist clubs, our Club Support Team has launched a new series of webinars tailored to clubs. The series will incorporate two types of weekly webinar:
• Topic-based webinar focusing on specific issues affecting clubs at this time
• Open FAQ-style webinar where clubs can submit questions in advance and key members of the England Athletics team will help provide answers on a range of questions.
Visit our Club Support webinars webpagewhere club contacts can view the current webinar schedule, register free online and also submit their questions in advance for the Open FAQ webinars via our online form.
funetics – fun athletics for parents and children at home
Athletics and running play a vitally important role in our society and positively impact the lives of many people. Despite these unprecedented times, our commitment to enabling everyone to stay active through athletics and running will continue… so England Athletics and funetics has fast forwarded the launch of our new funetics activity videos*. The videos demonstrate parents and children (aged 4-11) taking part in FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.
funetics is a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At this time when our children are currently being schooled by parents, we hope that these video activities will support the need for physical education to continue at home.
The amount of content in our new Coaching Resource Library on Athletics Hub, your go-to place for coaching resources, is being increased to give you more top quality material to study (and share the appropriate links with your athletes and runners if relevant) for home training. You only need to sign up once to Athletics Hub and follow the instructions (or existing users can login as usual). You can favourite videos, define preferences according to event or subject and browse content from world-class coaches split into all event groups. Plus, you can return whenever you want to.
12 Months FREE Access to NEW Athletics 365 XL on the Athletics 365 App
As part of England Athletics’ commitment to supporting the ongoing development of Coaches and Run Leaders, we are pleased to inform you that you now have free access to the Athletics 365 XL Bundle for the next 12 months (until 31 March 2021). This Coaches’ bundle can be found within the Athletics 365 App. In addition to being suitable for Coaches and Run Leaders, this offer is available for parents with children over 11 years old and who hold a licensed Leader in Running Fitness or Coaching Assistant, or higher qualification, with a current DBS.
To support parents and young athletes to keep active in these challenging times, England Athletics are providing two of our Athletics 365 ‘paid for’ resources free of charge for a limited time. We’re making our Athletics 365 Athlete Handbooks (1 and 2) available free of charge (normally each handbook costs £9.99). This offer will be available until 30 September 2020.
The Athletics 365 Athlete Handbooks have been designed to help athletes measure and record their progress through the Athletics 365 programme. Suitable for children over 11 years of age, as well as adults, the handbooks include information on how to complete challenges and fun activities at home at this time. This in-App resource also provides supporting videos for these challenges to help further bring them to life. Parents can also use these resources to help their children learn and practice these challenges at home.
Accessing these resources couldn’t be simpler; all you need to do is download the Athletics 365 App (if you haven’t already) and then download the handbooks from the in-App resources section.
Affiliated athletes can also access a free three month trial of the Strava Summit app thanks to our friends at Strava. Just because you have to run on your own doesn’t mean you have to run alone – you can still connect digitally with a like-minded running community whilst staying active and tracking your fitness goals.
New Resources section on England Athletics website
A Resources section has now been added to the England Athletics website so that users can easily access the range of guidance and support documents available. The section currently includes information and support materials for clubs focusing on areas such as GDPR, Governance, Health & Safety and Welfare. More material will be added throughout the year.
We’re up to Episode 15 of our England Athletics Podcast series, so if you’re looking for an athletics and running podcast to keep you entertained while you’re at home, look no further. Visit the links below and make sure you subscribe to our Podcast so that you get access to the new episodes coming soon. Access the Podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify.
In these testing times, we understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. Our team at England Athletics have pulled together some information to help you look after your own mental health as well as the mental wellbeing of others. This includes guidance from Mind, the mental health charity, as well as advice on staying connected with others, keeping active and also plenty of links to mental health support online.
To help individuals, clubs and groups run as smoothly as possible and maintain relationships during these difficult times, and to help us all to stay connected and active at home, we’ve pulled together some useful advice and suggestions on how clubs and individuals can connect digitally. This includes examples of online tools that can be used to help you work collaboratively, host online events, chat as groups, hold video or phone conferences and send out communications to members.
We want to connect with you, and for you all to connect with each other, as much as possible at this time so that we can all remain positive and rise to the challenge.
Make sure you’re following our England Athletics, RunTogether and funetics social channels so that you can see our latest updates. As well as useful news, content and activities, we’ll be sharing what our clubs and members are doing to keep spirits up and keep everyone talking and socialising online and at home.
We’d love you to tag us into any posts to share how you’re staying active at home and finding new ways to stay in touch with others in our athletics and running family. Let’s make sure we all get social at home – join us in using the hashtag #BetterTogether
Affiliated clubs and organisations also benefit from free legal support, including a free legal helpline funded by England Athletics. Our legal partners, Muckle LLP, have recently provided legal advice for clubs and organisations navigating through these uncertain times. Click here to read more.
As always, please let us know how we can best support you as a valued member of the England Athletics family.
Thank you – stay active, stay safe and stay well.
The England Athletics team.
* Please note: our funetics parent app videos were made prior to the outbreak of coronavirus with the aim of enabling multiple parents and children to come together to enjoy fun athletics. As such, to share these videos with you and others, please restrict the activities to your own family (excluding any members who are self-isolating) and within your own garden or home. Do not perform these activities in a public setting at this time.