Size and Date of Grant:
At the time of the grant application Haslemere Border Athletic club had one Coach in Running Fitness and one Athletics Coach but had very few other coaches with formal qualifications.
The club had a very enthusiastic triathlon section and wanted to grow in this area as well as its Junior athletics and Senior running activities and so created a three year coaching plan which identified a need for an expenditure on its coaching team of upward of £5000.
A match funded grant of £2500 was awarded by Haslemere Sport which the club was unable to spend in the first year but was allowed to carry through to the subsequent two years.
Purpose of Grant:
The grant enabled the coaching team to grow in three areas simultaneously:
- A well-qualified triathlon coaching section holding weekly swim and bike sessions to complement the running sessions. The Haslemere Sport funding for the coaching team allowed the club to free up funds to purchase Turbo Trainers enabling winter coaching sessions. Our coaching team also helped to initiate the inaugural Haslemere Bumpy Triathlon.
- The club now has two more members who are going through the Coach in Running Fitness process plus ten Leaders in Running Fitness.
- The club has been able to expand its coaching team in all age groups.
Impact on the Club:
As the seniors’ numbers have grown we have been able to split each session into manageable groups with the appropriate level of coach. We always use the same training areas thus enabling faster (or slower) runners to move up or down. This ensures we challenge some runners but allows others to run for fitness and sociable reasons and still feel part of the club.
How has the grant helped to market the club in getting new members:
We will always be a smallish club as the catchment area is limited but we have had some real success with our runners and triathletes. Julia Tucker was awarded Coach of the year in 2014 at the Sport Haslemere awards, and this year Deborah Impiazzi won the Disabled Athlete of the year (Deborah is blind) for her progress in road and trail running. Also Sally Goble won Sports Personality of the Year for her performances in long distance running and triathlon within her age group. Sally competed for GB in the age related triathlon championships in Chicago in September 2015. Membership is currently at 147 Seniors and 94 Juniors which is predicted to grow to 180 Seniors and 115 Juniors by April 2016.
Haslemere Hockey Club is a Community club and started coaching in the local state primary schools in 2013, providing Sport for All.