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Things you should know about - Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club
 
Membership

You do not need to be a member of Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club (YOAC) in order to take part in club night training.  However, membership is required if you wish to compete for the club.

Seniors                           £20
Juniors/Students             £15
Family                            £40

Membership also provides discounted track fees and discounts on sports equipment from some local shops.
Club nights

Tuesdays and Thursdays – 6pm to 8pm during the summer and Tuesdays only in Winter.  For anyone from age 10 years up.

Coaches are available to assist with your training requirements.

Non-members     Adult £3.00

Members             Adult £1.50

or in advance:

         10 sessions £13

         30 sessions £35

Summer Season £44

Calendar year £65
Introduction to Athletics

Mondays – 6.30pm to 7.30pm.  For age 8 to 11 - £2 per session.
Reception of new athletes


very effort is made to ensure that new members are quickly integrated into the club with the emphasis - particularly in the younger age groups - placed upon fun and participation.

Who are we?

OAC was established in 1969 and have always enjoyed being amongst the leading clubs in the South West of England, and is most certainly the premier club in Somerset.  In 2001, YOAC joined forces with Wells City Harriers and now enter combined teams for Track and Field as well as Cross Country and Road Running.

YOAC has helped to produce many outstanding individual athletes who have gained national and international honours at senior and junior levels of competition.

Current club membership is approximately 200.  Ages of female and male athletes range from 10 years to Masters (Veterans).

Facilities

OAC have always made good use of the council owned and managed track that was up-graded from a 6-lane cinder track to an 8-lane "all weather" track in 1984.  With Lottery and Sport England funding the track was refurbished in 2002 including the installation of floodlighting.

YOAC runs a small friendly clubhouse that was opened in June 1988.  The building was erected in memory of Joanna France (a former member), from funds raised by the Joanna France memorial trust.

The clubhouse provides changing facilities including showers and a refreshment bar - for members, guests and visiting athletes.

 
Aims & Objectives


OAC are committed to providing the best possible support to their athletes and the furthering of Athletics in the South West.

In order to achieve this YOAC aim to:

· Provide a structured and friendly environment in which members can contribute to, and benefit from, the activities of a successful club.

· Provide a safe and welcoming introduction to athletics, particularly for the very young.

· Liaise with all local schools and youth groups and actively promote the benefits of athletics to young people.

YOAC always endeavours to achieve the principles of equity by ensuring quality of access to athletics for all people regardless of age, sex, ability, race, religion or creed.

Athletics Competitions

OAC offers its members a wide variety of competition against other clubs throughout the year:

·        South West League, Division 1.
Male & female, all ages.

·        Southern Women’s League, Division 3 West.  Under 15’s and above.

·        Southern Men’s League, Division 1.
Under 17’s and above.

·        National Young Athletes League,
Midland Div 1 West
Boys & Girls, all ages under 17.

·        In addition, YOAC provide athletes of all ages to the Wells/Yeovil Cross Country teams competing in the Gwent and Wessex League.


Partners

OAC and South Somerset District Council are working closely together upon the development and promotion of athletics in the local community.  This partnership is providing real optimism for the future of athletics in the area by supporting various initiatives such as StarTrack athletic camps in the school holidays.

YOAC members also provide support to the Active Sport programme that has recently introduced Sportshall athletics.  This takes place at Yeovil College.
What’s on?

The Club hosts a number of home matches for the various leagues as well as the Dennett Trophy and Winter open meetings each year.


with more information about the club such as statistics and links to other useful athletics sites.
Help wanted

Like so many other voluntary organisations, YOAC is in need of volunteers willing to help and assist in both the organisation and the running of the club.

In particular, we have a shortage of match officials, qualified coaches for which funding is available to support the necessary training.  However, we would be grateful for assistance with other activities also, such as helping with refreshments and fundraising activities.

What to do next

If you have an interest in athletics, or would like to become involved socially with the club then come along to any of the club nights or contact the following:

Ann Whistlecroft (Membership Sec) -
01935 422646

Ken Moody (Secretary) -
01935 476562
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