Club Chairman Kevin Morris's New Year Message 2017

KevinWelcome to my second New Year Message as Chairman of Middlesbrough Athletics Club (Mandale).

This year has been an excellent year for the club with all three teams winning their respective leagues. This is in no small part to the team managers, Peter Johnson and Jane Kelsey (Under15’s) Richard Jeal (Under20’s) and Brian Walsh (seniors). My congratulations to all the team managers, coaches and athletes concerned.

We had an excellent Cyril Elliot meeting which was well attended and attracted a lot of outside interest from competitors from other clubs within the area. I would like to thank the back room staff especially Jill King, Christine Fairless and Ann Banks for their efforts in the lead up and on the day itself.

The Fantastic Four competitions organised by Marino have been another club success and again, behind the scenes, a lot of help from other members of the committee has played a big part in that.

We continue to attract junior athletes in large numbers to the extent that we have to maintain a waiting list to allocate them to coaches, while the existing coaches do a great job we do need more junior coaches if we are not too loose some of our juniors to other clubs who do not have this problem.

As well as individual athletes producing fine performances within the country in their age groups, we were recognised by the England Athletics regional awards this year. The Team managers were awarded for their efforts in the fine performances of the teams.

Marino was recognised for the Fantastic Four, gaining the Project of the year Award and Rick Betts was runner up in the Coach of the Year Award.

I would like to thank all those who helped with the awards night. It was probably the largest we have held but reflected the success we had this season.

On a slightly different tack I would like to make this appeal for more involvement with the organisation of the club by members and if possible parents of the junior athletes. We have several committee places unfilled and in some cases need to get more officials in place to help out on match days. If anyone wants a New Year’s Resolution and can help, please contact anyone of the committee.

Finally can I wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year and hope the club continues to be as successful as ever.

Kevin Morris

clubmarkOur club has Clubmark accreditation

The national scheme for community sports clubs. Based on criteria supported by specific evidence in four key areas of club development: Activity programmes, Duty of care and welfare, knowing your club and its community, Club management. 

clublogoTop athletics club in the Tees valley

We cater for athletes from this wide area (Club Quick Guide). We moved from Clairville stadium to the Middlesbrough Sports Village in 2015, we are still going strong after 40 years in existence. 

We have an excellent support team of volunteers who give up their time for free to coach and sustain the development of athletes and the club.

specaliseWe provide opportunities

In our younger section accepting 8 – 11s on a Tuesday and Thursday and 10 - 17 and older all days with qualified, England Athletics screened and trained coaches and volunteer helpers. All these groups carry a long waiting list so contact our Membership Secretary well before your children are 8.

opertunitiesWe specialise

In fully inclusive multi athletic events and cater for Track & Field and Cross Country athletes of all levels. Our athletes have the opportunity to specialise as they progress through the club. These specialised groups meet at the track and other locations to suit. Contact the Coaching Co-ordinator for advise on these.

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To equality of opportunities irrespective of gender, race, disability or age. Safety and personal achievements are our priorities as members strive to reach personal goals and fulfil their potential.



We take our responsibilities towards the welfare of young people in Athletics very seriously and requires everyone in the club who has significant contact with children to have DBS from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Contact e-mail address for our welfare officer can be found on our club committee page

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