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All systems go for Tracton Athletic Club

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

February has been a busy month of training for members of Tracton Athletic Club – both on and off the track.

Tracton AC committee members, coaches, and volunteers completed a 3-hour Safeguarding 1: Child Welfare and Protection Basic Awareness Workshop, run by Barry O'Regan of Sports Ireland Ethics

Tracton AC committee members, coaches and volunteers completed a 3-hour Safeguarding 1: Child Welfare and Protection Basic Awareness Workshop, run by Barry O’Regan of Sport Ireland Ethics. The workshop covered extremely important topics such as codes of conduct, bullying and recruitment, as well as child protection and reporting guidelines. It was a very interactive workshop, covering real-life case studies and scenarios, and with plenty of discussion and debate. The Tracton AC participants spent a large amount of time considering the responsibilities of the club and its committee, coaches and members to provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which all children can learn and thrive.

Club Secretary, Laura Buckley, attended the first day of the Forerunner Female Leadership programme with Athletics Ireland in Dublin. This new initiative led by Women in Sport Officer, Lilly-Ann O'Hora, has been designed to support, assist and facilitate in the fields of coaching, club development, communication and connectivity. Twenty-five women from all over Ireland attended the introductory session, which included inspiring and motivational talks from Sinead Galvin (Galvin Sports Management), Moira Aston (CEO Canoeing Ireland) and the President of Athletics Ireland, Georgina Drumm.

Despite some wet and windy weather over the last few weeks, Tracton AC’s Operation Transformation walking group has been out in force every Wednesday evening. In particular, it is great to see so many children out walking with friends and family and keeping the enthusiasm levels high! The club’s Couch to 5k programme has also proved extremely successful again this New Year, with more than 20 participants training with Coach Ian Dorgan every Monday evening. Well done to all the new and returning runners, who are making fantastic progress.

The new series of sprint training for juvenile club members (born on or before 2013) has just kicked off with Coach Chloe Hegarty at Kinsale Community School track. Juvenile members (from age 5) will recommence training on 8th March 2020 until September 2020 on Sundays at 11.30am - 12.30pm, either on the club track at the Tracton Arts & Community Centre or at Tracton GAA Pitch. They are coached in the three athletic disciplines: running, jumping and throwing. For club membership and information, please contact Laura Buckley (Club Secretary) at or Dan Lynch (Juvenile Co-Ordinator)

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