England Athletics National Volunteer Awards

Posted by lcj11 at Oct 22, 2018 01:20 PM |
On Saturday 13th October, Alex Le Gresley and James Finnie, from the Running and Athletics Club travelled to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to represent the University of Leicester in the England Athletics’ National Volunteer Awards.

The Running and Athletics Club have recently been crowned East Midlands Club of the Year at the Regional Awards and were shortlisted alongside two other clubs for the National Club of the Year Award. A great honour for the club and recognition for all the hard work of the previous year. The club were recognised for their work in promoting inclusivity within the club by making all of our sessions open and accessible to all abilities and promoting LGBT equality through their annual Pride Colour Run!

Unfortunately, they weren't successful on the evening just missing out on the National Award, but it is still a great honour for the Club to be recognised in the top 3 athletics clubs in the country and represent the University on the national stage!

The club have since returned inspired by all the nominees present that were up for awards and are planning on introducing some of these ideas into their club this year, an example of this will be introducing England Athletics Mental Health Ambassadors within the club to champion mental health and promote the wellbeing of their members. Through this scheme they plan to host several #RunAndTalk jogs throughout the year to provide a platform for students and staff of the university to talk about mental health and encourage people to get into running as a way of improving mental health and wellbeing – keep an eye out for some dates!

The evening also featured new inductees to the England Athletics Hall of Fame which included Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katharine Merry and many more. Overall, an excellent and inspiring evening alongside some of the greats of the athletics world championing the University of Leicester and our Running and Athletics Club.

If you are interested in any form of running or athletics it’s not too late to get involved. More details can be found via their website www.uolrac.com.

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