Vol­un­teer starters are ready, steady, go­ing


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

THE man with the gun at ath­let­ics meet­ings is be­com­ing an en­dan­gered species, ac­cord­ing to the body who promotes the sport in th­ese parts.

Not only are starters hard to find, but all the other vol­un­teers and of­fi­cials that make up a com­pe­ti­tion are also thin on the track.

The West Lon­don Ath­let­ics Net­work (WLAN), which has helped look af­ter the in­ter­ests of nine clubs in six lo­cal au­thor­i­ties since 2010, need time­keep­ers, race starters and field judges from all walks of life to put on lo­cal and re­gional track and field meet­ings.

WLAN chair Paul Cud­dihy in­sists en­cy­clopaedic knowl­edge of ath­let­ics is just a bonus, not a ne­ces­sity.

“Peo­ple don’t need any pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of judg­ing, or even ath­let­ics, just com­mit­ment and en­thu­si­asm for the sport,” he said.

“Train­ing will be pro­vided and be­gin­ners will act as as­sis­tants to more ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cials, be­fore they progress to higher lev­els of of­fi­ci­at­ing.”

The first step in train­ing is a hands-on course or­gan­ised by the sport’s gov­ern­ing body Eng­land Ath­let­ics.

The multi-dis­ci­plinary course takes in time­keep­ing, mea­sur­ing, judg­ing and start­ing.

Af­ter gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, of­fi­cials can go on to a fur­ther course to take a Level 2 qual­i­fi­ca­tion in a spe­cific dis­ci­pline and work to­wards a se­nior of­fi­cial once the bug bites.

Vol­un­teers must be aged 14 or over. For more de­tails, or to ap­ply to be­come an of­fi­cial, con­tact Cud­dihy at paulcud­dihy@ hot­mail.com.

To vol­un­teer at Eal­ing, Southall and Mid­dle­sex AC, con­tact Bob Dens­ley at bob@esm.org.uk or by call­ing 01895 675522.

For more de­tails about of­fi­cials cour­ses, see www.eng­land ath­let­ics.org/of­fi­cials.

Cur­rent mem­bers of WLAN in­clude Eal­ing Ea­gles RC, Eal­ing, Southall and Mid­dle­sex AC, Har­row AC, Hilling­don AC, Queens Park Har­ri­ers, Ser­pen­tine RC, Team Houn­slow, Thames Val­ley Har­ri­ers and West Lon­don Ham­mer School. EAST­COTE learned to win ugly as they tri­umphed 5-3 over New­bury & Thatcham on Satur­day.

Coach Adam Mulholland will not look back on this as his team’s most sparkling per­for­mance of the year, but it was enough to keep them two points clear of Ash­ford at the top of the ta­ble. A brace each from lead­ing scor­ers Kevin Haigh and David Cooper, plus a rare goal by Stan Le Guezec, did the trick to main­tain their po­si­tion at the sum­mit.

East­cote’s sec­ond string were beaten heav­ily at Maiden­head, go­ing down 7-1, with a Chris Akhurst con­so­la­tion the only high point.

There was also a de­feat for East­cote’s Ladies as they lost 4-2 to Buck­ing­ham sec­ond while the mixed side beat Wan­der­ers 4-0 thanks to a Kevin Haigh hat-trick and Emilly Read in the Eng­land Hockey com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

The men’s sec­onds lost 7-2 at Teddington and the Over 50s went down 6-0 at Can­ter­bury at the same event.

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