On the eve of the track and field season, Chesterfield and District Athletics Club is going from strength to strength.
It has been five years since the club moved its training base from Queens Park to Tupton School where they have the benefit of a floodlit all-weather track, indoor sports hall and gym.
And club secretary Frank Gorman believes the switch is really starting to pay off: “When you consider our lack of good all-year round facilities for the first 30 years, we have vastly over-achieved both as a club and in the standard of athletes we have produced.
“This can be put down to the fact that any deficiencies were more than offset by the standard of coaching, support, enthusiasm and organisational back-up provided by the club, coaches, team managers and parents.”
The club was formed after a surge in interest in athletics created by the coming of the English Schools Track and Field Championships to the track at Brookfield Community School in July 1978.
Members train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.45pm-8.15pm and compete in the Derbyshire Mini Leagues (Track, Sportshall and X-C), North Midlands X-C, UK Youth Development League (Northern Premier), and Northern Senior League.
Chesterfield has produced a number of top athletes over its 35-year history and has high hopes of a plethora of emerging stars, including U17s 60-metre hurdler Alicia Barrett, who took gold at Birmingham’s England Indoor Championship recently.
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