During the Pandemic the Club has had to change the way it has functioned for many years. Queuing to register and paying cash to use the track was no longer an option. Just before the Pandemic forced ‘lock down’ Stevenage Community Trust helped the Club find a company who were prepared to provide the Club with a Computer for the Office. Formula One Autocentres Ltd provided the Club with a reconditioned computer, monitor, mouse and then kindly set it up. This meant the Club were able to start the move to a safer more secure way of operating.
The pandemic has yet again forced the Club to review the way it operates. Taking cash and relying on a volunteer to ‘man the office’ at all sessions is no longer a viable option. England Athletics advice to all Clubs – no cash. The next move Embrace Technology!
We are now in the process of setting up an Online Shop where all Club transactions will take place. Thanks to a grant just announced from Stevenage Community Trust the Club has the funds to add a new section to the website. Hopefully by early July membership, track fees, SNHAC clothing, entries to the Club Championships, tickets for awards night will all be possible via an online shop. A card machine will be available at Home matches to pay for refreshments.
Later this year it is hoped that WiFi will be available at the stadium, making matches and photo finish easier to run.
Photo Finish, Hardship Funding, Coaching Courses, Disability Athletics Equipment have all been beneficiaries of Stevenage Community Trust generosity in the past and yet again the Trust is proving valuable support for the Club and the Community.
Christopher Westcott was delighted to be able to get back to racing on Good Friday at the St Albans 10k. The event was extremely well organised with plenty of social distancing and runners setting off in predicted finish order using a grid style. This meant very minimal overtaking through the run keeping everybody safe. Spending the Lockdown period pounding away on the cycle paths of Stevenage certainly seems to have been beneficial as he clocked a new Personal Best of 34:50, finishing in 26th place (based on chip time).
We have now been given a firm date to re-open from Monday 29th March under the same covid secure restrictions as we were working under before. This will remain in place until the end of June at the earliest. We will be sending out invites over the next few days, so please return the test and trace information as soon as possible. We are beginning to get some provisional league fixtures so fingers crossed we can have some kind of summer season. If you have not received an invitation by the middle of next week and you have renewed, please contact us.
On this International Women's Day here is a message from our Pole Vault coach Beth Harris.
If you’re a child or young person looking for support there is help available from CAHMS, the wider NHS and other organisations. We have received the information below from CAMHS to help you get support.
"The NHS and our local hospitals are really busy at the moment, so if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, the quickest way to get help at any time of the day or night is to call our freephone number: 0800 6444 101, or call NHS 111 and select option 2 for mental health services.
In the case of serious illness or injury, dial 999 for emergency services
If you are already using our services
If you are already receiving support from us and need help please contact:
Your care co-ordinator on the number provided to you or if you need help in the evening, weekend or bank holiday call 0800 6444 101.
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If you'd prefer to speak online, click on the SPA red button here. This service is available Monday-Friday, 7am-7pm.
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Childline Tel: 0800 1111 via 1-2-1 chat between 7.30am and 3.30am every day.
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Most referrals to our services are made by GPs"
If you are experiencing mental health problems and need help please speak to your GP (family doctor). They will discuss the issues you are facing and refer you to our services, if appropriate. To register with a GP in your area go to www.nhs.uk