Membership

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Welcome to Wrexham Amateur Athletic Club, we realise that as a new or prospective member of the club you will not be familiar with who’s who, what’s what or where to look or who to ask to find out all you need to know about the club. We have produced this leaflet to try and help you through your early days with the club and point you in the right direction.

Here in Wrexham Amateur Athletic Club we believe that all our members are equally important and our aim is to provide coaching, training and competition for all.

On this page we aim inform you of the various leagues and competitions that club enters. By being a member of this club you are a member of the team. All we ask is that you wear the maroon vest of the club with pride, compete fairly to the best of your ability and always conduct yourself in such a manner that you bring honour to the club and the people of Wrexham.

Whilst wearing the maroon vest you are representing the people of Wrexham.

How will I be selected to compete for the club?

As a new club member the coaches and team managers may take a little time to get to know you and what events you like, this however will not prevent you representing the club as soon as you want to. Please do not feel that if you are not approached by the team manager you are not required for the team that represents the club.

It is more than likely that they are just not aware of you yet. Please speak with the team manager who will be very happy to include you in the team; if you are not sure who they are ask in the club house. We want you in the team. Please, please, please if the team manager does not approach you then feel free to approach the team manager and ask.

Training Nights

The club meet and train at the Queensway International Stadium twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and our coaches cover all track and field disciplines from sprinting to distance running and from shot putt to pole vault.

Also for senior road running athletes there are groups who meet and run with Charles Ashley from the Queensway car park 5:45 pm for a 6:00pm run on Monday,Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Training Night Sessions

Club membership will afford you discounted entry in to the stadium on Tuesday and Thursday club nights. This entry fee is collected by the stadium staff upon entry for use of the facility and not by anyone in the club.

Training nights are:-

Tuesday 6pm -7pm under 9’s to under 13’s

Tuesday 7pm – 8.30pm over 13’s upwards including senior athletes

Thursday 6pm -7pm under 9’s to under 13’s

Thursday 7pm – 8.30pm over 13’s upwards, including senior athletes.

Initially for the very young members the sessions will focus on fun aspects of athletics rather than the competitive side of the sport.

The 6pm sessions are just for young athletes and for health and safety reasons it is important that the track is only occupied by these athletes. Older athletes are therefore required not to use the track, even for warming up, until 7pm

You will very quickly become part of a regular training group, in the first instance we understand that you will not know who to ask or which coach will be leading your preferred event and age group. The focal point for all initial enquiries on club nights is the club house next to the main stand. If you are unsure please pop in and ask.

How old do I have to be to join?

We accept new members from the age of eight upwards. Due to insurance restrictions we are sorry that we are unable to let any child under eight join the club and this is a policy that we are unable make any exceptions for under any circumstances. If you are under eight please come back and see us on your eighth birthday, we really want you to join us and compete in the maroon vest and represent your town.

Coaches

As mentioned earlier as a member of the club you will enjoy entry to the Queensway on Training nights at discounted club rates. This money is paid at the front desk directly to the stadium staff and none of this money finds its way back to the club.

All the coaches on club night are volunteers and their only reward is the success of their athletes. We ask that you treat them all with respect, they all have a great wealth of experience and they want their athletes to draw from this and develop in to competitors they can be proud of. Make the most of them, ask questions. They are there for you.

Membership fees and affiliation to Welsh Athletics

Membership fees become due on 1st January each year and membership forms are available in the clubhouse. Included in the membership fees is the money which is passed on the Welsh athletics for each athlete’s affiliation. Bob Frost acts as Membership Secretary and you may email Bob at

bobfrost1@hotmail.com

Information sources about the club and leagues we compete in:

 One useful source of information is the Welsh Athletics website at http://www.welshathletics.org

Our club website is under reconstruction at http://www.wrexhamac.club  and will provide more information in due course.

Weekly Newsletter:

Our club secretary Bob Frost produces a weekly newsletter which is distributed via email normally early in the week after the weekends results have been collated. The newsletter details results from the previous week and forthcoming fixtures. Bob will gladly add you to his distribution list if you send him an email at bobfrost1@hotmail.com  

Leagues we compete in:

Track & Field Leagues

During the track season the U13 – U15’s compete in the Youth Development League (lower age) and we organise a team bus for away fixtures. Results and fixtures can be found at

http://www.ukydl.org.uk   

Older under 17/20 athletes may compete in a combined North Wales team with athletes from other North Wales clubs in the Youth Development League (upper age) for more information go to http://www.ukydl.org.uk  

Senior athletes can compete in the Welsh League http://www.welshathletics.org

but we have a Senior Team in the Northern Senior League http://www.northernathletics.org.uk  

We also have an all-age team in the Cheshire

League http://www.cheshireaa.com    

Cross Country Leagues

During the winter months junior and senior athletes may run in the following leagues

North Wales XC league

http://www.northwalesxc.com  

Also the North Staffs XC league

http://www.nsccl.org.uk    

Road Running Leagues

On the Road the club competes is the Borders Road Running League

http://www.bordersleague.org.uk   

Also on the road we help Cute Fruit Events organise the Helena Tipping 10K and the Wrexham Village Bakery Half Marathon, entry to both these races are offered at a discounted rate to club members.

(Please note that where a coach for away fixtures is booked there will be a charge towards the hire costs)

Please also keep on eye open for information and entry forms for open track meets, North Wales and Welsh track and field championships and various road races and cross country championships which you can enter as an individual for the appropriate entry fee.

Fell Running

A number of varied fell races make up the Club Fell Running Championships and we organise the Moel Y Gamelin, Ponderosa and Cyrn Y Brain Hill races from the top of the Horseshoe Pass. More information about

fell running in North Wales can be found at http://www.wfra.me.uk  

Club Contacts

David Alun Williams Chairman 01978 820612

Bob Frost Secretary bobfrost1@hotmail.com  

Dave Edwards T&F Sec waacstats@yahoo.co.uk

Bernie Jones (Cross Country) bernie-jones@sky.com

Charles Ashley (Road & Fell) cashley3560@googlemail.com