Local Athletics Official Selected for Euro Champs, Glasgow
Aberdeenshire athletics official, Pam Auckland, has been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships to be held in Glasgow in March 2019. Pam is one of about 34 Scottish Athletics officials who have been invited. She expects to be quite busy with her role in the call room and she is excited for this opportunity where she will have extensive direct contact with the athletes.Pam initially got involved in athletics through her children who joined and competed for Banchory Stonehaven Athletics Club as soon as they were old enough. While she had enjoyed athletics in school and watching major events on television, she was not especially knowledgeable of the sport of athletics prior to volunteering.Pam volunteered at league meetings for several years prior to attending her first officials training course. She has been a qualified official since 2009, initially training in both track and field events, but through practical experience decided that she preferred the field events. She later began volunteering for Scottish national events and then, other major events throughout Britain, including Diamond League meetings, Anniversary Games, British Championships, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.Pam is currently a Level 4 Field Judge and officiates for jumps and throws events. Occasionally, she will fill the role of Clerk of Course or of Technical Manager whose job it is to set up the field of play, make sure that all equipment is at the event site, and check in and examine athletes' personal implements and other equipment. Additionally, in the past year, she has become a Level 1 Field tutor, now sharing her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm with future field officials.Pam continues to learn, stating “every meeting is a learning experience,” and working with other long-serving and experienced officials gives her confidence. Through her various experiences as an athletics official, she has made friends throughout the UK and greatly enjoys meeting up with them occasionally or, in the summer, almost weekly, to work together and share ideas and opinions. Pam especially enjoys the “buzz of competition at any level” and greatly values her opportunities to “enable athletes to take part in competitions.”To less experienced volunteers or those thinking of volunteering, Pam says “all are welcomed and there are usually plenty of experienced people to keep them right. It is all about team work, learning from each other and trying to ensure the best experience for the athletes.”Anyone wishing to learn more about volunteering in athletics is invited to attend Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club’s indoor open graded meetings this winter at Aberdeen Sports Village. Details may be found at www.aberdeenaac.co.uk. Or, send questions to Brian at email@example.com or Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org. More comprehensive information about becoming a qualified official, including courses, may be found at https://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/officials/.
We are expanding
ClubSport Aberdeen are looking for a volunteer to support the committee as a Minute Secretary. More information can be found below:
AAP Grants now open
The Active Aberdeen Partnership have opened their grants again with 3 streams of funding available. These are:- Community Sports Grant (up to £5000)- Talented Athlete Grant- Coach, Official and Volunteer GrantThe deadline for these grants will be Monday 5th August 12:00 Noon.More information or to apply Click Here!!
Fantastic Fanatics Funding Platform
Fantastic Fanatics is ClubSport Aberdeen's new partner. They are a funding platform designed to help clubs generate more income.Whether your club is all about competitive performance, membership or in it to coach young talent and have fun, Fantastic Fanatics helps your club be the best it can be.Their technology allows members of the club, their friends and family to choose the sports clubs they want to help, securely register their everyday debit and credit cards, spend with our retail partners, and generate commission from retailers that go straight to the club.Clubs will need to register with Fantastic Fanatics which is made easier for ClubSport Aberdeen member clubs to do as they will not need to submit all of the required information but will just need to upload their ClubSport Aberdeen Certificate, a form of ID and their clubs bank details. This can be done on their website: www.fantasticfanatics.com
ClubSport Event at Pittodrie
The Club event will be held at the Richard Donald Stand at Pittodrie Stadium on 24th September 6:30pm where tea, coffee and a light buffet will also be provide to all. It involves a trade show with a variety of our partners there to show how they can support your club. There will also be 2 specialist panels of experts during the evening to provide clubs with advice and guidance on:1. Fundraising and Club Development2. Marketing and CommunicationThese panel sessions will be open to questions from anyone so feel free to come prepared with questions you or your club might have.The event is FREE for all clubs that are members of ClubSport Aberdeen but if your club is not a member there will be a charge of £5 per person on the night to be paid in cash.We look forward to seeing you all there!Click here to book your free place!
Conference 4 Clubs
The aim of this conference is primarily to engage with clubs to provide awareness of resources and support services that are available both locally and nationally. *Workshops will be available to help develop skills, providing up-to-date information and conversation on the following topics:-Funding Avenues-Effective use of Social Media-SAMH’s Mental Health Charter -Disability Inclusion within Clubs Attendees will have the opportunity to attend two workshops over the course of the day.We will also be setting up a ‘Marketplace’ and inviting various bodies to set out their stalls with the opportunity to provide mini surgeries to support a host of club matters.The conference will also support a key theme on ‘Mental Health’ with headline presentations looking at ‘the part clubs play’ in a person’s health. A person with a state of good health is understood to be both mentally, psychologically and physically well. The association between a person’s body and mind are inherently connected and interact to create unique actions and or symptoms that make that person feel healthy or unhealthy (Betcher 2015). Mental health problems, which affect as many as one in four people, are encountered when individuals doubt their abilities, stress can start to grow, and in extreme cases, a spiralling effect is experienced as doubt grows and productivity is inhibited. (Fox et al. 2018). Sport and clubs play a huge part to develop individual ability, self-esteem.