BBC: athletes 18-25 needed to demo skills

The Moment ( are currently producing a number of short films for BBC Learning to be used as a classroom resource and study aid for pupils nationwide studying for PE GCSE. These will be dynamic instructional videos demonstrating different skills in 10 different sports, using slow motion filming techniques and cutting edge graphics.

We are looking for a diverse group of club standard athletes aged 18-25, including those with and without disabilities, who would be happy to appear on camera demonstrating the different basic skills in each of their various sports. As part of this we are looking for athletes to demonstrate the following events:

    1. Hurdling 
    2. High jump 
    3. Triple jump 
    4. Javelin 
    5. Shot put

Courses available for coaches & officials

A number of coaching & officials courses are available locally over the next 3 months. The club has access to funding to cover the cost of these courses to members, parents, etc.

For further information, contact Alan James: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Met League sponsor

There was a piece of very good news today from the Metropolitan Cross Country League, the competition which has long been a focal point of the club's winter activities. With the size of the fields having grown substantially in recent years, and around 700 athletes competing in each fixture, the need and opportunity for sponsorship has become greater.

At the end of last season, the agreement with the previous sponsor, Active Training World, ended as ATW wished to move into other areas. A replacement has now been found, however, in the shape of Start Fitness. An initial one-year agreement has been put in place under which Start Fitness will cover the cost of race numbers and race tape, and fund the ongoing prize scheme.

As of 3rd August, league club members can also benefit from discounts when making online purchases from Start Fitness and from More Mile. Enter: MetXCSF10 at the checkout for 10% off. Enter MetXC at the checkout for 30% off.

The League will now be officially known as the Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League and the short version of the Start Fitness Met League.

If the sponsors feel that they have got value for money, they will continue to sponsor the league.


MBE for former Woodford Coach

Derek Hayward, a former local Head of P.E at Ilford County High School, a founder of the Kangaroo Club, and who coached at Woodford during the 1960's has recently been awarded an MBE for services to athletics and young people in Shropshire.

Ayo Falola

As some Club members may be aware, Life Member, Coach and former sprinter, Ayo Falola, who has been battling cancer for several years, has recently been given a terminal prognosis.  Ayo's wife Sarah, and eldest son Oliver are planning a sponsored "shave" to raise money for the Macmillan organisation who do such a wonderful job in supporting cancer sufferers, and are currently providing support to the Falola family.

Read Sarah's message here