North­ern af­fil­i­a­tion fees to go ahead

Athletics Weekly - - TO­GETHER WE RUN -

NORTH­ERN ATH­LET­ICS is go­ing ahead with a new af­fil­i­a­tion scheme which will see ath­letes pay­ing £2 per year.

With the area gov­ern­ing body suf­fer­ing fund­ing cuts and strug­gling to sur­vive, the idea was raised last sum­mer and re­ceived wide­spread sup­port from big names such as Jess En­nis-Hill, Jenny Mead­ows, Ron Hill and Peter El­liott.

Now, af­ter a win­ter of con­sul­ta­tion, which in­cluded a favourable vote at the North­ern Ath­let­ics AGM in Novem­ber, a de­ci­sion has been made to press on with the plan.

“Clubs through­out the North have en­gaged with us from all ar­eas and from all dis­ci­plines rais­ing is­sues, ask­ing ques­tions and com­ing for­ward with ideas – and it has been a worth­while ex­er­cise,” says North­ern Ath­let­ics chair Tony Wood. “A con­sul­ta­tion re­view doc­u­ment was cir­cu­lated midFe­bru­ary con­firm­ing that we would go to the clubs with our pro­posal and ask them to con­firm their com­mit­ment to af­fil­i­ate to us in Oc­to­ber 2018.

“The scheme in a nut­shell is based on each club af­fil­i­at­ing by pay­ing us in Oc­to­ber 2018 £2 per an­num for each of their Eng­land Ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion reg­is­tered ath­letes. Once the af­fil­i­a­tion fee is paid then those clubs and their ath­letes will be el­i­gi­ble to en­ter North­ern cham­pi­onships for the next 12 months.”

North­ern Ath­let­ics is es­ti­mated to have close to 50,000 ath­letes and Wood con­tin­ues: “We asked clubs to give their sup­port to the scheme by April 1 so that we could then make a de­ci­sion as to whether we could go ahead with it. The re­sponse from the clubs has been won­der­ful and al­to­gether over­whelm­ing.

“We cur­rently have over

110 clubs com­mit­ted to us cov­er­ing all ar­eas of the North and ev­ery dis­ci­pline, track and field, cross coun­try, road, fell and race walk­ing. We want to thank those clubs who have con­tacted us so far and al­lowed us to now make the de­ci­sion to press on with our scheme.

“More clubs are in the process of mak­ing fi­nal de­ci­sions by AGMs or EGMs so the to­tal we hope will in­crease as the weeks go by.”

Wood adds: “This com­mit­ment to us clearly shows we have made the right call at the right time. Clubs have re­alised there was a need for all of us to take mat­ters into our own hands to se­cure our long-term fu­ture. This plan will en­sure the clubs of the North have a stronger and a more in­de­pen­dent voice. It is now our task to re­tain their con­fi­dence in us as we move for­ward.”

“WE HAVE OVER 110 CLUBS COM­MIT­TED TO US COV­ER­ING ALL AR­EAS OF THE NORTH AND EV­ERY DIS­CI­PLINE, TRACK AND FIELD, CROSS COUN­TRY, ROAD, FELL AND RACE

WALK­ING”

Chair TONY WOOD

Ath­letes in the North of Eng­land will pay £2 per year in or­der to help their area com­pe­ti­tion provider

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