Athletes gear-up for London 2012 Games
Athletics in Cornwall has had a big boost in the run up to the London 2012 Games with the formation of the new Duchy Athletics Network (DAN), whose ultimate aim is to assist more local athletes to achieve their full potential in a safe and fun environment.
DAN joins the 53 McCain Athletics Networks in England, which are part of an England Athletics initiative to support clubs in the build up to 2012 and beyond by raising coaching standards in athletics clubs, improving welfare practices, enhancing sporting facilities and equipment, increasing the number of coaches, volunteers and officials, and providing a wider provision of competition pathways across age groups and performance levels.
Andy Moore the chair of DAN commented: "This is a great boost to the development of athletic and running clubs in Cornwall. It will help improve coaching standards and this we hope will help improve the performance of Cornwall's athletes".
Tim Marrion of the Cornwall Sports Partnership also commented: "The establishment of a countywide network for athletics, driven by local people from local clubs with a real commitment and passion for the sport, will increase the opportunities for anyone to participate; and will also develop coaches to make sure Cornwall continues to turn out world class performers."
With the DAN members; Cornwall AC, Mounts Bay Harriers, Hayle Runners, Newquay & Par AC and St Austell Running Club, working in partnership with England Athletics, the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Cornwall Council, local schools and colleges, its official launch was held at this year’s Mob Match. With over 420 runners in attendance, representing a good cross-section of road running and triathlon clubs in the county, Andy Moore the DAN chair and Rob Cockings the DAN club and coach co-ordinator were pleased to have the opportunity to promote the DAN to members of non-Network clubs and to also catch up with members of the Network clubs prior to the start of the race. After the race, Andy Moore announced the launch of the Network to the numerous groups of runners representing their clubs at the post-race Grand Prix presentation, giving him the chance to promote the aims of the Network, and to introduce the Network’s recently appointed club and coach co-ordinator Rob Cockings.
For more information on the Duchy Athletics Network, contact Rob Cockings on 07973813550 / 01872 323344 / email@example.com
DAN member positions on photograph:
Far left – Andy Moore, DAN chair
To right of Andy – Rob Cockings, DAN club and coach co-ordinator
Centre – Paul Bullock, St Austell Running Club
To right of Paul – Mark Omori, Mounts Bay Harriers
Far right - Emma Stallard, Cornwall AC