AUTUMN NEWSLETTER

SUMMARY – SUMMER SEASON
The Summer proved to be another highly successful track season for the Club.
On the team front the Club were 5th placed in the UK Womens League Premier Division and retained their status in the British Mens League Div 1 with 6th place. The Under20/17 UK Youth Development League team finished in 3rd place in the Southern Premier Division with the U15/13 team 5th in the Southern Premier League Div 2. In the Area leagues, the WSEH Senior Men/Senior Ladies finished in 3rd place in the Southern League Div 1. In the local Alder Valley League, the female young athletes were 2nd in the Trophy Final whilst the male young athletes were 5th.
Individually the Club athletes maintained a high standard. The Club had 5 athletes selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia – Morgan Lake (High Jump), Shelayna Oskan–Clarke (800m), Ben Reynolds (110m Hurdles), Ashley Bryant (Decathlon) and Rachal Wallader (Shot).
In the World Championships in London Morgan Lake competed in the High Jump and Megan Marrs in the 100m Hurdles.
In the World Junior Championships in Finland Jake Norris took the gold medal in the Hammer with Bayley Campbell also in action. Alex Haydock-Wilson medalled in the 4x400m relay.
WSEH also had 4 representatives competing in the European Championships in Berlin – Morgan Lake (High Jump), Shelayna Oskan–Clarke (800m), Zak Curran (800m) and Kerry O’Flaherty (3000mS/C).

At National level the Club provided 7 UK National Champions. These were: Morgan Lake (Senior High Jump), Jacob Paul (Senior 400m Hurdles), Morgan Lake (U23 High Jump), Amy Holder (U23 Discus), Jake Norris (U20 Hammer), Sam Challis (U20 Long Jump) and Alex Barbour (U20 3000mS/C)

Other notable achievements were;
British Senior Championships: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (2nd/800m), Megan Marrs (2nd/100m Hurdles), Rachel Wallader (3rd/Shot).
English Championships:
SeniorAlex Haydock-Wilson (2nd/400m), Tyri Donovan (2nd/400mH), Hannah Johnson (3rd/Javelin)
U23Tyri Donovan (2nd/400mH), Tilly Compton-Stewart (3rd /3000mS/C), Amy Herrington (3rd/Hammer), Megan Marrs (3rd/100mH)
U20Bayley Campbell (2nd/Hammer), Alex Haydock-Wilson (3rd/400m)
U17Ayoola Babalola (3rd/100m)
U15Rachel Okoro (3rd/Triple Jump)

Three WSEH athletes topped the National Ranking Lists: Morgan Lake - Sen High Jump, Temi Ojora - U17 High Jump and Jake Norris - U20 Hammer

WINTER FIXTURE LIST
A copy of the Winter Fixture List has already been passed to those known to be interested in cross country/road running. The details are provisional only and you will need to refer to your coach for final details of venues, times, etc. If you have not received a copy of the Winter Fixture List but wish to obtain , please download from here

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – FRIDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2018 – IMPORTANT- IMPORTANT!!
Notice is given that the Annual General Meeting of the Club will take place on Friday 30th November at 7.30pm in the Club Room. The Agenda is as follows:

1. Apologies for Absence
2. Minutes of Previous Meeting
3. Treasurer’s Report
4. Secretary’s Report
5. Team Directors Report
6. Election of Officers
7. There are no rule changes but Club Membership costs will increase by £1 to cover the increase in the EA Registration Fee.

The importance of attending the AGM and having your say in the running of the Club was all too apparent last year. Despite a membership approaching 500, only some 22 or so members bothered to attend the last AGM – a very poor turn out. Consequently, a number of key positions within the club were left unfilled.
Any motions/rule changes to be discussed at the AGM must be notified in writing with a Proposer and Seconder – to Dennis Daly by Nov 16th – these will be posted on the Club notice boards.

WSEH SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018 /MEMBERSHIP/ ENGLAND ATHLETICS REGISTRATION
The Club register WSEH athletes with England Athletics as soon as Club Subscriptions are received. Most competitions will not now accept entries unless the athletes are EA Registered. Thus it is extremely important that you pay your club subscriptions on April 1st when they become due. Despite rising costs it is not intended to increase subscriptions for 2019 but the EA Registration fee in being increased by £1 to £16 per athlete. This will effectively increase the subs plus EA Fee payment to; Over 20: £86, U20 £76.
England Athletics are now taking a much stronger line on payment of the EA Fee. Members who fail to pay their WSEH Subs on April 1st which includes the EA Registration Fee will be unable to contest various championships next year and/or be considered for the WSEH league teams or be listed in the Power of 10 Ranking Lists.

Please send your subs to the Membership Officer Dave Weston 35 Westwates Close, Warfield, Bracknell, RG12 2ED or hand in a marked envelope to Dennis Daly or Irene Speller on a club night.

It is also important that you let Dave Weston, the Membership Sec, know of any change of address, phone no, email address etc. His Phone No is 01344 450282 & email david.weston14@btinternet.com

SPONSORSHIP/EASY FUNDING
Despite the superb results being achieved by the Club and its athletes, obtaining sponsorship still proves extremely difficult.
The EasyFunding Scheme was highlighted in the Club’s last Newsletter whereby if you buy ‘on-line’ many sites/shops will provide a discount payable to WSEH. There are many participants including, Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, Sainsburys etc.

The process is as follows :
1. Link in to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wsehac and join ‘for ‘free’
2. Each time you shop on line go the the ‘easyfunding website’ and locate the site/shop where you wish to start shopping
3. Once you have made your purchase and checked out offline, the retailer will automatically make a donation to WSEH at no extra cost to you

There were just five participants from WSEH in the scheme last year raising some £157. Just imagine the windfall to the Club if more members/parents registered.

CON MILTON continues to seek sponsorship from local commerce. If you have any suitable contacts with major business organisations that may be worth an approach please provide contact names and telephone details to CON MILTON (01784 258851)

COACHING COURSES
The Club is always anxious to encourage more athletes and parents to take up coaching. The high level of success we enjoy is entirely attributable to the coaching expertise within the Club. More coaches however are still needed particularly at Young Athlete level. The cost of obtaining coaching qualifications has increased considerably under the UKA structure. Nonetheless the Club is wiling to pay the cost of attending courses leading to a coaching qualification as long as the coach is seen to be actively coaching club athletes. The Club can obtain grant aid towards these costs but you must make application before attendance on the courses. Please therefore advise the Coaching Sec Laura Burke before signing up for a course.
With regard to existing coaches wishing to obtain Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications, the cost of these courses is extremely high and thus the Club will need to examine each case on its merits beforehand prior to agreeing to fund in part or in whole.

OFFICIALS COURSES
The Club is desperate for more persons to become qualified officials. The Club has been docked League points in the past for not being able to fulfil this requirement.
This is the time of year when courses are available for prospective officials. The Club is lucky to have a number of willing parents who do help out on match days when we have a commitment to provide officials.
It would be nice to see some of those volunteers taking the next step and to become a qualified official. The Club again would be prepared to meet the cost of becoming a qualified official.nIf you are interested in attending these courses please make early contact with the Officials Secretary Val Stenning (01628 545678) or Dave Weston (01344 450282).

VOLUNTEERS
Despite the significant membership, the number of people coming forward to help run the Club is decreasing meaning that the work load is increasing on the dedicated few. We DESPERATELY need more people to come forward to help whether it be supervising on Club nights, helping at matches or taking a turn in helping in the Canteen. Long time Canteen Manager Caroline Ditton has indicated that she will relinquish the role after this Winter. A replacement is thus urgent. If you are able to contribute in any way please make contact with Dennis Daly (01753 686169) or Irene Speller (01344 891112).

CLUB GYM – UPDATE
The Club has invested £2000 plus in updating the Gym to meet the wishes of current Gym users.
The restrictions of space in the Club Gym entails that access is limited to only senior athletes who can demonstrate that they compete regularly for the Club and are generally of county medal standard and thus who would benefit most. As such there is an Approved User List. Anyone wishing to be added to the Approved User List must submit their request in writing to the Club Committee for approval. New members to the Club will have to demonstrate their potential before being considered. All athletes so approved and added to the list will need to acquaint themselves with and abide by the Gym Rules. Unsupervised access is not available to Under 18’s unless under the supervision of an approved WSEH Club coach. Gym access generally is not available to 2nd claim members. Club insurance only covers those athletes/coaches on the Approved List. Abuse of the facility or Gym Rules will result in access being denied to protect the club’s investment.
To defray the cost of the Gym upkeep and the purchase of replacement equipment it is now a requirement that ALL Gym Users pay a £10 per annum levy.

CLUB KIT/VESTS/OLD KIT
The Club has a new supplier for Club kit. The range can be viewed by contact with Irene Speller or Con Milton on club training nights on a Tuesday or Thursday evening.
If you have a vest or kit you have grown out of – please don’t throw it away – pass it to Irene Speller or Dennis Daly for use in the ‘club pool’ of vests or Club Kit Sales.

ETON COLLEGE PLAYING FIELDS
We still receive complaints about WSEH athletes training on the Eton College playing fields adjacent to TVAC. Please keep to the gravel path loop closest to the Centre. The path leading to the Groundsmans House on the far side of the field is quite definitely ‘out of bounds’. Please comply or risk losing this facility.

CLUB WEBSITE - : www.wseh.info
The WSEH website is now in a very healthy state thanks to Webmaster Les Phelps. Please give the website a visit for news, rankings, results etc. Les would also appreciate any contributions.

SPORTS INJURIES
BOB FUDGE continues to be available on training nights as a Sports Masseur and JESSICA ARMAH is also providing a service. – both at reasonable fees to Club members. An appointment however is necessary..

SPORTS BURSARY AWARDS
Windsor and Maidenhead Council run a Sports Bursary Award Scheme for athletes and coaches who reside in the Borough. The scheme is open to athletes who achieve at County level and above. The awards are nominal but they are certainly enough to buy kit/equipment for the year.
Slough Borough Council operates a similar scheme for residents via the Albert Pusey Memorial Fund. Spelthorne Council operate a similar scheme. If you feel you qualify please make contact with DENNIS DALY (01753 686169) for details.

WSEH AC OPEN INDOOR MEETINGS – TVAC
The Club will again be staging four Open Indoor Meetings at TVAC this winter. Details are:
Sunday 2nd December 60m; 60mH; LJ/TJ/Shot
Sunday 6th January 60m; 60mH; HJ/PV
Sunday 3rd February 60m; 60mH; LJ/TJ/Shot
Sunday 3rd March 60m; 60mH; HJ/PV

Entry fee will be £7 per event on the day – registration open from 10.30am closes 12.00. First event 12.30.

SPRING OPEN MEETING – Date to be confirmed
Last season’s Spring Open Meeting saw some 500 plus athletes in attendance and which generated much needed funds for the Club. The meeting will be repeated again next Spring. Please watch the club website and notice board for full details.

LONDON MARATHON - CLUB PLACES
The Club get allocated places in the London Marathon but these seem to diminish year on year. This year we have just two places available. To qualify for these you must satisfy the following:

Have been refused entry via the usual route.
Not been allocated a club entry place in the recent past
Preference will be given to length of membership of WSEH.

Please contact DENNIS DALY (01753 686169) if you are interested or qualify.

WINTER SEASON
The winter season has started well for the club with medals already being won in the South of England Road and Cross Country Relay events plus a podium place in the National Road Relays in Birmingham. Congratulations to all athletes and coaches for these successes-hopefully the impetus will continue into the major championships that still lie ahead.

DENNIS DALY – HON SEC