Sports day will mark open­ing of new jumps fa­cil­ity at Lochgilp­head

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THIS Sun­day, June 26, is the date set by Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club for their an­nual open sports day and age group track and field cham­pi­onships. The competition will be held at Lochgilp­head Joint Cam­pus and will mark the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new all-weather jumps fa­cil­ity. The jumps area has just been com­pleted and will be a great as­set not only for the lo­cal ath­let­ics club but also both pri­mary and high schools at the joint cam­pus. The jumps area is the first of its kind in Ar­gyll.

Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club were for­tu­nate to re­ceive 50 per cent fund­ing from sportscot­land through the sports fa­cil­i­ties grant and re­ceived gen­er­ous fi­nan­cial sup­port from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and Mid Ar­gyll Sports Coun­cil.

Bill MacCal­lum, sec­re­tary of the Mid Ar­gyll Ath­letic Club, said that the project would never have gone ahead with­out the sup­port of the coun­cil. The spe­cial projects group and the leisure and sport ser­vices man­ager were ex­cep­tion­ally help­ful dur­ing the grant ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ce­dure to sportscot­land. Bill also praised Mi­tie staff, ABC schools and Dale Kupris, for­mer Ac­tive Schools co- or­di­na­tor, for their val­ued con­tri­bu­tions.

The sports day on Sun­day will start at noon with all en­tries on the day from 11.15am.

The run­ning events will be held on the 3G as­tro­turf with the jump­ing and throw­ing events at the new jumps area on the higher level.

There will be run­ning, jump­ing and throw­ing events for six age cat­e­gories start­ing at un­der-seven up to un­der-17. The Scot­tish Ath­let­ics age qual­i­fi­ca­tion date of Septem­ber 1 will ap­ply to all age groups ex­cept the un­der-sevens, where it will be age on the day. The young ath­letes will be al­lowed to com­pete in a max­i­mum of five events on the day and an en­try fee of £2 per com­peti­tor will be levied.

All com­peti­tors will re­ceive a medal and tro­phies will be awarded to first, sec­ond and third over­all in each age group. Two new tro­phies will be con­tested in the un­der­nines this year.

The new tro­phies are in mem­ory of Hugh MacArthur, who was a founder mem­ber of the Mid Ar­gyll club in 1984, and sadly died on June 27, 2015.

The sports day, which is spon­sored by an Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil third sec­tor grant, is the only op­por­tu­nity for young ath­letes from all parts of Ar­gyll to come to­gether to com­pete against each other.

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